Now an international phenomenon, Candlelight has continued to win the world over by transforming historical settings into visionary scenes aglow with the light of thousands of candles.
While the timeless allure of Candlelight has brought thrilled the hearts of countless New Yorkers, there are still some that have to experience the beauty, wonder, and awe of Candlelight. Here to dispel any doubts, we’ve put together a list of 7 reasons why you should experience Candlelight in New York if you haven’t already!
1. The atmosphere
Imagine yourself inside NYC’s most iconic, breathtaking venues – The Opera House, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, and The Williamsburg Hotel – now picture them aglow in a sea of candlelight. What is a dreamlike glow illuminates the spaces, encapsulating the musicians, creating an otherworldly ambiance.
The sight of these spaces, elevated into magical settings, will take your breath away – it is unlike anything else in the city and is an absolute must bucket list item every New Yorker must experience once in their lifetimes!
2. The musicians
Attendants get a front row seat to pure artistry. Watch as virtuosos weave tapestries of harmonies, their hands deftly fluttering across the keyboard, gliding strings, perfectly hitting every note – through masterful expertise, it is the adroit ability of these musicians that yield magical renditions of your favorite songs.
3. Revel in timeless compositions
Candlelight has made classical music accessible, and that dedication remains unwavering to this day. Consequently, you can consistently anticipate performances that pay homage to esteemed classical composers in their repertoire.
These are the virtuosos whose musical creations, crafted in bygone eras, continue to captivate audiences in the present day. Such is the essence of these exceptional works—they possess an enduring essence that surpasses time and remains eternally exhilarating.
4. And all your other favorite songs
The extensive Candlelight catalog continues to span genres and touch upon all music tastes and preferences. Whether you want to pay homage to Queen Bey at the Beyoncé tribute concert at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, or delight in pop icons Taylor Swift, Adele, Rihanna, ABBA, there are Candlelight concerts for all of them.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Candlelight also features concerts for genre-bending artists such as The Beatles, Radiohead, and Coldplay; legendary rock musicians Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac; as well as the Neo-Soul and Hip-Hop Favorites; the Best of Bollywood and Tollywood, and more.
The distinctive feature that distinguishes these concerts is the enchanting metamorphosis of familiar songs, where the arrangements and studio effects gradually vanish, revealing the unadulterated essence of your cherished melodies.
5. Behind the music stories
Candlelight concerts also provide a unique opportunity to glean new facts and insights about the songs, artists, and the tribute performers.
Concerts include conversations between musicians and the audience, seamlessly combining entertainment with education. As a result, concert-goers always leave with a deeper understanding of the music they love.
6. Reasonable ticket prices
Throughout its history, Candlelight has been a means for people of all ages to come together and enjoy the music. No matter which concert you select, you’ll discover a wide range of ticket prices based on seating arrangement and distance from the artists. Starting at $40 dollars, you can enjoy live music surrounded by the warmth of candlelight. Definitely not to be missed!
7. 5-star nights
Candlelight continues to garner international success. Among countless five-star reviews, guests have reverently called Candlelight “a fresh and unique concert experience” and hailed the performers as “absolutely fantastic!”
“Spectacular locations framed classical but also contemporary music without ever losing the link with the city” – ELLE Magazine
“Music as you have never experienced it” – Vanity Fair
“Almost like, you know, heaven” – CBS News
“If you are looking for that type of magical experience, you are in luck” – NBC