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A Vocal Holiday Tradition

Angela Kim

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Listener Rebecca Summerlot sent us this letter.

"The choir from the high school where I teach sings at EPCOT's Candlelight Processional, and I've been singing with them for the past four years. The Processional is the traditional Christmas story narrated by a celebrity, and a mass choir sings traditional Christmas songs.

We get to go behind the scenes at Disney, and from the moment I put on my gold robe and collar, and get handed my flickering "candle," I believe in Disney magic and totally get into the Christmas spirit. I think the song that makes me feel the most out of everything we sing (and boy, do we sing a lot: "Hallelujah chorus," "Away in a Manger," "Joy to the World" and so much more) is "Silent Night."

The song starts out in German, and then the conductor turns around and leads the audience in the English chorus with us. The lights go up and I can see the people out there, singing and swaying together and I feel connected, not just to the members of my choir but to everyone in the audience. We can't be that much different if we can all stop what we're doing in the middle of the Christmas rush and sing together on a balmy Florida evening in the Happiest Place on Earth."

  • Music Bridge:
    Convention
    Artist: Michaela Melian
    CD: Los Angeles (Monika)

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