The Christmas Concert 2017
December 17th 2017
The students of the Magnificat sing Christmas carols
It’s a tradition, at the Magnificat, to celebrate the beginning of the festive season with a concert. In front of a packed hall, the choirs of the institute together with the orchestra and the ensembles Wind and Jamuko brought to life the Christmas spirit by performing classics like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Am Sallilak (I pray for you) from the Arabic repertoire.
Introduced by the director of the Magnificat Fr. Alberto Pari, the event opened with the Jerusalem Knights Choir conducted by Hani Kreitem. The Knights’ members are students of the Magnificat academic program and members of the local Christian community. Surrounded by Christmas decorations and wearing red sweatshirts, the Knights impressed the audience with a choreography of voices that suggested the joyous solemnity of the festivity soon to come.
The orchestra of the Magnificat — a project curated by Robert and Bella Canetti — performed the Can Can and, together with the Jamuko Ensemble, the piece Gipsy. It was a sweet moment that was followed by a Christmas medley superbly rendered by Robert and Bella Canetti: notes from the Sound of Music and other legendary productions were intertwined together to deliver here in Jerusalem the magical atmospheres of Christmas in Europe.
The Yasmeen Choir, conducted by Kreitem and accompanied at the piano by Yacoub Ghazzawi, sang Away in a Manger and Jingle Bells contaminating the audience with the energy of the very young.
Two trumpets, a couple of bassoons and a flute compose the Wind Ensemble, which is directed by teacher Eugene Ratner. The formation performed two popular Christmas carols, Joy to the World and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, creating an appropriately cheerful mood.
The Buds Choir, composed of the youngest students of the school and directed by Mirjam Younan performed classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Feliz Navidad. Wearing red Father Christmas style hats, the children of the Buds captured the eyes of the audience with their cuteness and the attention of everyone with the enthusiasm that they impressed in their performance.
The last slot of the concert was given to all the solfege students who went on stage together to sing the Italian song Tu scendi dalle stelle, Deck The Halls and the Arabic My Heart is Like a Cave. Three songs from three different cultural traditions ended the concert, mirroring the beautiful work of the Magnificat, which brings together people by celebrating their diversity and their common human condition.