Education

James Caldwell High School Madrigal Singers to open for Radio City Rockettes

The JCHS Madrigal Singers, a group of ninth through twelfth grade students at James Caldwell High School, will open for the Rockettes on 12/12/12 at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. On stage left to right are Madeline Caracappa, Brendan Cullinane, Kyle Elphick, Anna Rizzotti, Louis Mollet, Samantha Chang, Jacob Ploch, John Franklin and Nicole Garamella. Standing left to right are John Franek, Jenna DeVincenzo, Eileen Funnell, Jessica Bracamonte, Kathryn Duca, Gregory Mercado, and Regina Peters. Seated left to right are Lindsey Enchelmaier, Natalie Tietjen and Julie Jochem. Not pictured are Julie Eller and Brian Knight. Credits: Christine Corliss
The JCHS Madrigal Singers, a group of ninth through twelfth grade students, will open for the Rockettes on 12/12/12 at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The group, which sings mostly acapella, will perform a five-minute medley of bell songs, including “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding”, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “Jingle Bells”. Credits: Christine Corliss

West Caldwell, NJ -   On Wednesday, December 12th, James Caldwell High School Madrigal Singers will have the privilege of opening for the world famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.  

Christine Corliss, from the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education explained, “This is really exciting news!  They’ll be part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.”

The highly selective acapella group is made up of students in ninth to twelfth grades who were selected by their Choral Director, Elsie Timpson, back in September.  The singers perform selections from the 15th Century Renaissance era through the Classical / Romantic musical period but they also sing modern music as well.

The choral group is comprised of students Madeline Caracappa, Brendan Cullinane, Kyle Elphick, Anna Rizzotti, Louis Mollet, Samantha Chang, Jacob Ploch, John Franklin, Nicole Garamella, John Franek, Jenna DeVincenzo, Eileen Funnell, Jessica Bracamonte, Kathryn Duca, Gregory Mercado, Regina Peters, Lindsey Enchelmaier, Natalie Tietjen,  Julie Jochem, Julie Eller and Brian Knight.

Radio City extended the invitation to James Caldwell High School’s Madrigal Group to perform at their Spectacular.  “I received an invitation addressed to the JCHS Madrigal Singers,” said Choral Director Elsie Timpson. “I really don’t know who generated the invitation, but we are very excited to be performing at the show.”

Corliss continued, “They will be at the evening performance.  The students will be singing a five-minute acapella medley of bell songs, including “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding”, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and, of course, “Jingle Bells.”

Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding” is a modern piece composed by Greg Gilpin.  Four part Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (SATB) harmonies layer their vocal parts to create a “sound experience” blending together into the effect of ringing bells.

The lyrics are:
“Merrily on high, hear the bells ring. Merrily, the heavens sing. Merrily on high, hear the bells ring. O'er the earth, they ding dong ding."

The very well known “Ding Dong Merrily on High” is a Renaissance piece;  its melody was composed by the 16th Century French Monk and dance musician, Jehan Tabourot.  The Christmas Carol lyrics were later added by English composer and Anglican Priest,  George Ratcliffe Woodward, when he published them in 1924.

The lyrics for the Renaissance Christmas Carol are:
“Ding dong! merrily on high
In heav'n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with Angel singing.

Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen.

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.”

The beauty of the piece comes through clearly in the elongated notes of the Gloria sung over 6 measures, followed swiftly by “Hosanna in excelsis!”

“Jingle Bells” is one of the best known songs in the world.  It was written by Boston composer,  James Lord Pierpont,  and published in 1857 under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh."

Pierpont’s original lyrics are as follows:
“"Dashing thro’ the snow,
In a one-horse open sleigh,
O’er the hills we go,
Laughing all the way;
Bells on bob tail ring,
Making spirits bright,
Oh what sport to ride and sing
A sleighing song to night.

Jingle bells, Jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what joy it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, Jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what joy it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.

A day or two ago,
I thought I’d take a ride,
And soon Miss Fannie Bright
Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank;
Misfortune seemed his lot,
He got into a drifted bank,
And we, we got upsot.

A day or two ago,
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow
And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh,
He laughed as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you’re young,
Take the girls to night
And sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob tailed bay
Two forty as his speed.
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack, you’ll take the lead."

The original melody was much more Classically complex at the time the song was published;  it eventually became the simplified tune that everyone enjoys singing even today.   The Madrigal Group will be performing Kirby Shaw’s jazzy arrangement of the piece.  In this particular version, the Bass section gets to shine in verse 2.

This year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular will center on the history of the Rockettes dancing group.  Corliss continued, “This year the theme of the Christmas show is  ‘The Rockettes Celebration’ which celebrates 85 years of dance.  It will be featuring dazzling dance numbers, beloved favorites, special effects and a new showcase featuring the Rockettes' most extraordinary costumes through the years.”

For more information:

Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10020
212-247-4777
Website:  www.radiocity.com/
Rockettes:  http://www.rockettes.com/
Radio City Christmas Spectacular:  http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/newyork.html

James Caldwell High School
265 Westville Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ
973-228-6981
Website:  www.cwcboe.org/jchs

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

West Essex Football's Brian O'Neill Signs Letter of Intent to Play at University of Pennsylvania

February 9, 2017

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After years of excellence in the middle of a stout West Essex Knights defense, Brian O’Neill, a linebacker from Roseland, has decided to take his career to the next level, committing to play college football for the University of Pennsylvania.

O’Neill has been named an All-Conference player for the past three seasons, and has been an All-Essex County ...

Verona High School Junior Facilitates Protest Amid Secretary of Education Vote

February 18, 2017

VERONA, N.J.- Verona High School junior Izzy Williams recently organized a protest at Verona Park against the nomination of Betsy Devos, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee.

From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., about 200 people gathered to the protest with signs saying, “No to Devos,” “Dump Devos,” and “K-12 Not for Sale” to ...

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

February 15, 2017

To the Editor:

There has been much discussion recently about representatives in our government who pretend to represent their constituents, but who have been corrupted by special interest groups or blind self-interest. Unfortunately, in the 11th District, we have one such politician who, by his actions, is a significant part of the problem that we have in the federal government.

Route 10 Lane Closures Required for Resurfacing and Signal Improvement Project

February 16, 2017

LIVINGSTON & WEST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the start of a resurfacing project on Route 10 that will require single-lane closures between Livingston and West Orange in Essex County as the project advances beginning Friday, Feb. 17.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays and continuing for several weeks, NJDOT contractor Schifano ...

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...