Arts & Entertainment

Aquinas Academy Celebrates Christmas with Annual Concert

December 20, 2013 at 6:55 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ –  On Thurs., Dec. 19, the students of Aquinas Academy hosted their Christmas Concert. Students from every grade in the pre-K through eighth-grade school participated by singing, playing instruments and celebrating Christmas.

After a prelude by pianist Jon Tyillian, the sixth- through eighth-graders processed into the church. The student body president welcomed everyone by saying, “It is our hope that our voices will express the joy of Christmas.” They sang two more songs—one with a bass guitar soloist and another with a vocal soloist.

“It’s my first year here,” said sixth-grader Amanda Caprio, about the performance. “I didn’t know it was going to go so well. I was so glad.”

Sign Up for E-News

The youngest students, the pre-K through first-graders, were the next to sing. They sang enthusiastically, smiling and waving to their parents when they spotted them in the crowd. The audience laughed when one child started early and the students nearby shushed him. One song they sang involved the words ‘overflowing’ and ‘everlasting,’ –big words, even for a first grader.

A female soloist sang, “Sleigh Ride” next. She understood the phrasing of the song, and stayed in tempo with the pianist. Directly after she sang, the 16-student Advanced Band played two recognizable Christmas songs, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Feliz Navidad.” Though they were nestled in one of the wings of the church, they played loud enough for everyone to hear.

The second- and third-graders sang two songs. One song they performed had clapping patterns and was clearly a favorite of many of the students because a few parents said, “Oh, is this ‘that’ song?”

A female soloist performed “O, Holy Night,” singing and playing the piano. She then joined the next choir in singing three songs. The 29-member Senior Choir ended with “Carol of the Bells” and sang all three parts of the song clearly.

The fourth- and fifth-grade students were the last choir to sing. The 36 members performed two songs. The first had two duets and the second was “Believe” from the movie, “The Polar Express.” Of the two songs, the students performed this one with much more understanding, both of the music and of the meaning of the song.

An eighth-grade soloist then sang, “O Come, O Come Emanuel” to introduce the eighth-grade’s Nativity scene. The students processed in, while a teacher read a short story of Jesus’ life. After this, the audience was invited to join in singing two Christmas songs with the students.

“That was a little bit overwhelming,” said Sr. Lena Picillio, the principal at Aquinas Academy, as she congratulated the students. “It was a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Savior.”

“This represents so much of what we are at Aquinas Academy and St. Philomena’s,” said Monsignor Thomas Nydegger, pastor of St. Philomena’s Church. “The revelation of God’s love couldn’t have been more perfectly expressed.”

“Aquinas Academy proved once again why it has the best choir in Livingston,” said Father Brian Needles. “It has remembered the real reason for the season.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 10, 10:00 AM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa at Reeves-Reed ...

Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Sat, December 10, 7:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Holiday Concert at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_1652222dcc2059dac7d5_untitled_design__10_

Tue, December 13, 8:30 AM

Eisenhower Corporate Campus, Livingston

NJ Social Media Conference for 2017

Business & Finance

Livingston Symphony Orchestra to Perform Winter Concert Dec. 17

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Maestro Anthony LaGruth and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra invites areas to join them on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for their Winter Concert at the Livingston High School Auditorium.

The second performance in the orchestra’s 2016-2017 season, the winter concert includes works from venerated composers such as Beethoven, Dvorak, and Ravel, and will feature ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...