Merced Symphony

Holiday Candlelight

Back by popular demand: The Holiday Candlelight Concert!

This pre-recorded production was produced in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, Director of Music and Organist Aaron Nee, and Interim Facility Manager Christopher Weber. Funding was made possible by our generous patrons and Federal CARES Act funds.

Program Information

String Ensemble

Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, ‘Christmas’

Arcangelo Corelli

I. Vivace - Grave

II. Allegro

III. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio

IV. Vivace

V. Allegro

VI. Largo. Pastorale ad libitum

String Quartet

Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella - Traditional

Carol of the Bells (Ukranian Carol) - Mykola Leontovych

O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam

We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Traditional/Beethoven

Brass Quintet

Ceremonial For Christmas Brass - Arr. Bill Holcombe

Silent Night - Franz Gruber, Arr. Bill Holcombe

Guest Artists:

Carrie Hennessey, Soprano

Eric Sung, Cello

Cordula Merks, Violin

Dawn Harms, Violin

Ralph van Raat, Piano

Brass Quintet

Trumpets: Ari Micich, John Freeman

Horn: Caitlyn Smith

Trombone: Gabe Cruz

Bass Trombone: William Baker

String Quartet

Ilana Thomas, Violin 1

Yuri Kye, Violin 2

Ed Wharton, Viola

Gabriel Beistline, Cello


Conductor, Ming Luke


Ilana Thomas

Yuri Kye

Gabriel Beistline


Liana Berube, Violin 1

Sara Chazin, Violin 2

Ed Wharton, Viola

Erik Anderson, Cello

Derek Tam, Harpsichord

Video Production:

Alexander Reneff-Olson


First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

Aaron Nee, Director of Music and Organist

Christopher Weber, Interim Facility Manager