Advent is an expectant season of prophecy and hope, filled with wonder and awe as we anticipate the King's coming. Canticles in Candlelight, the newest musical from master arranger Joseph Martin, continues that tradition, conveying the story of Jesus' birth through music, scripture, narration and flickering candles. This dramatic presentation visually draws the listener in to a sacred place for worship. The opening scripture (John 1:5) is spoken by a narrator holding a single lighted candle: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." The ensemble then enters during the processional, their path through the darkness strategically illuminated by flickering candles. There are two possible conclusions for this musical. One is a festive hymn montage with optional congregation participation. The other is a contemplative epilogue surrounded by the choir singing the beloved carol Silent Night while "passing the light." Detailed program and performance notes are included, as well as options for both full and chamber orchestration. Songs include Prologue; Processional; Prepare and Celebrate; Advent Longing; Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus; Awake! Arise! Rejoice!; Carols of Joy and Hope; Joy to the World; A Christmas Madrigal; Turn Your Heart to Christmas; A Festive Christmas Flourish and Silent Night, Holy Night. Approximate performance time: 45 minutes.