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The Candlelight Concert celebrates community through sound

George Cardenas
Kyle Champion, fine arts faculty, conducts the string section of the orchestra to continue playing music. The audience takes pictures of the performance while watching in awe. They all prepared extensively for this concert and thoroughly enjoyed the process.

After a year without performing, Webb’s Sinfonia Orchestra and Chamber Singers gave a stellar performance on December 12th during the biannual Candlelight Concert. Students performed a wide range of songs from classical preludes to a medley of Pixar soundtracks. The song choice fittingly included holiday songs, as well. Both VWS and WSC had the chance to listen to a preview of a few pieces at chapel, which garnered great reviews.

“The preview was very good and I was able to see my friends perform for the first time,” Richard Wu (‘23) said. “My favorite part was when they played the Pixar mashup, especially the song from Ratatouille. The song choice really appealed to its audience.”

The harmonious combination of sounds from each section of the performance was developed from a semester of practice. Students taking courses for the Sinfonia Orchestra or Chamber Singers devoted two to three class blocks a week to hone their skills before performing for the concert. Besides practical skills, the various performing groups developed trust and community together.

“I trusted [the other singers],” Naomi Kang (‘24) said. “I believed that we weren’t going to mess up because we always had really good outcomes during practices. I have stage fright, but I didn’t feel nervous at all.”

After a year online, building connections in-person within the orchestra and singers helped to bring the best out of each student. Students were only able to see and hear through screens during the 2020-2021 school year, so playing with fellow musicians made this year’s concert special.

“It was strange going from playing in front of a screen with no one to perform to and then hearing the sound in-person,” Jeff Baek (‘23) said. “I think our concert was successful because I’m sure there was a lot of people who enjoyed having us on stage and actually performing live.”

Faculty who also doubled as conductors felt the students’ excitement through their performance. Each song chosen by teachers had challenges, like how speed and timing had to be perfected with a large group, but students and educators overcame these challenges over the semester and in the moment during the concert.

Overall, teachers enjoyed seeing students listening to others, listening to themselves, and listening to the music.

“My favorite part [of the concert] always is the same,” said Linda Silva, Director of Instrumental Music. “And that’s seeing the light go on for students, having a student take a brand-new piece of music that they’ve never seen before, and working towards a performance while gaining skills and working collaboratively.”

By the time the full-length concert arrived, performers and conductors put in their best effort to impress the audience.

“After a whole semester of practicing, you really see the pieces come together and you work on dynamics and making it come alive,” said Karen Chen (’23), concertmaster of the strings orchestra. “I think that’s very beautiful.”

Describing the sounds alone would not do the performers justice, so here is a video and a photo gallery of the concert for you to enjoy until next year’s concert rolls around.

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Jenny Wang, Editor-in-Chief
Returning after a transformative summer at Northwestern University, Jenny Wang ('24) is rejoining the Webb Canyon Chronicle as Co-Editor-in-Chief, bursting with fresh journalism skills. Jenny is primarily humble when talking about her talents and interests, she occasionally forgets to flex that she is also a pianist, flutist, comedy enthusiast, and badminton pro. As a prominent figure at Webb, Jenny serves on the VWS honor cabinet, captain of the debate team, and chapel council. Finding comfort in shows like Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, she balances the demands of her busy life. Jenny's academic pursuits lean towards humanitarian issues; over the summer, she invested extra time into political risk research, specifically analyzing aspects of Israeli lifestyle. Beyond her academic commitments, Jenny's mission this year is to infuse WCC articles with potent and well-balanced viewpoints. Her intellect, vibrant personality, and unwavering laughter contribute to an environment full of energy and positivity. There is no doubt, Jenny Wang embodies a dynamic blend of talents, passions, and determination that enriches both the Webb community and the wider world. Through her versatile contributions and infectious laughter, Jenny's presence leaves an indelible mark, reminding us all of the power of embracing one's passions and sharing them with the world.  Favorite Song: "Welcome to Wonderland" by Anson Seabra
George Cardenas, Editor of News
An avid music listener, George Cardenas (‘23)’s perfect weekend involves a homework-free day at the beach with “Night Boat to Cairo” by Madness blasting in the background. In fact, George considers himself to be a very easy-going, optimistic person, who loves nothing more than relaxing with his friends or experimenting on the piano. Although he does enjoy tranquility, George also works with his fellow members of the WSC honor cabinet to uphold Webb’s Honor Code. George is passionate about staying up to date with current events and wants to continue keeping everyone informed during his time on the Webb Canyon Chronicle. A typical Capricorn, George is disciplined, strategic, and clever— similar to a wolf, his self-proclaimed spirit animal. George looks forward to working on the WCC this year as Co-Editor of News and hopes to write authentic, factually correct articles that enlighten the Webb community. Favorite song: "Tadow" by FKJ and Masego
Noe Chock, Chief Editor of Media
Once you get to know Noelani Chock (‘23), she might remind you of a series of fireworks, launching off a compact spot and bursting her colorful energy to those around her. Dedicated soccer player and avid K-pop fan, Noe catapults into the Webb Canyon Chronicle as the Chief of Media, with the ambitions of contributing to future media progression. Noe, ironically allergic to crabs, is a compassionate Cancer that carries the water sign trait of devotion and as a result, is eager to experience an explosive final year. When she is not blocking shooting balls in soccer as a goalkeeper, digging balls at her varsity volleyball practice, or igniting spirit events as head peer-advisor, you’ll find her kickin’ it back at the beach with friends, munching on some boba and sushi, or concocting her next colorful batch of slime. She hopes to continue the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s momentum from last year and organize an extensive project like the Unbounded Days video series. Her radiant presence and immense school spirit are impossible to miss on campus, so watch out — Noe is back to finish her senior year with a bang.  Favorite song: “0x1 Lovesong” by TXT 

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