Roxbury Latin kicked off the holiday season on 4 December with a wonderful night of song in Rousmaniere Hall. The evening began with a Holiday Concert by The Sly Voxes, an all-male a cappella group featuring talented Roxbury Latin alumni, parents, and faculty, and directed by Headmaster Kerry Brennan. The group’s eclectic repertoire of sacred and secular songs of the season delighted the audience of about 200, which included members of the Roxbury Latin community as well as many neighbors from West Roxbury and Roslindale.
After intermission, the audience became a dazzling chorus for the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, one of the world’s most enduring choral masterpieces. Rearranging themselves by voice part, the audience was directed from the stage with gusto by Mr. Opdycke and Mr. Brennan, and accompanied on the organ by Brandon Santini, music director and organist for nearby St. Theresa Church. Soloists Lindsay Conrad, Kelsey Harrison, David Cushing, and Neal Ferreira were superb. Together, the enthusiastic audience and professional soloists made Roxbury Latin’s eighth annual Messiah Sing-In a moving choral experience.