Orchestra and Choir at Candlelight Processional 2011

Friday night was a wonderful evening to see the Candlelight Processinal at Epcot. It is an established holiday tradition for the guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort and a highlight of the season at Epcot.

Isabella Rossellini @ Candlelight Processional 2011

Friday evening’s celebrity narrator was none other than Isabella Rossellini; the star of fashion, film, stage and television as well as a writer, director and producer for television and film.

Isabella Rossellini @ Candlelight Processional 2011

I have been a fan of hers for years and was excited to see her narrate the show. Interspersed between the musical performances, Ms. Rossellini told the story of the birth of Jesus. The full musical program for the show was:

  • Processional
  • Shout for Joy
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Il Est Né
  • O Holy Night
  • Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Away In A Manger
  • Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy
  • What Child Is This
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Silent Night
  • Joy To The World
  • The Hallelujah Chorus
  • Recessional

Dr. William Powell @ Candlelight Processional 2011

The chorus and orchestra were amazing as directed by Dr. William Powell who is the Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities at Auburn University.

Isabella Rossellini @ Candlelight Processional 2011

Ms. Rossellini had a smile on her face throughout the entire performance and really seemed to enjoy the show immensely. The remaining performances for the Candlelight Processional are nightly at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. with celebrity narrators:

  • December 11 – 12, Neal Patrick Harris
  • December 13 – 15, Lorraine Bracco
  • December 16 – 18, Chita Rivera
  • December 19 – 21, Trace Adkins
  • December 22 – 24, Susan Lucci
  • December 25 – 27, Blair Underwood
  • December 28 – 30, Marlee Matlin

Wrapping it Up

Dr. William Powell

If you have not been to the show before and will be in town during the holidays, I recommend visiting Epcot to catch a show. Be prepared, however, for crowds. As we left the 6:45 show the line stretched from the American Gardens Theater all the way down to the French Pavilion. So, if you are planning on attending, make sure you get there early and find a place in line for a great show.

Disclosure: I was an invited guest to Friday evening’s Candlelight Processinal at Epcot. As a guest, the Walt Disney Co. provided tickets into Epcot and seating for the show. I am under no obligations to the Walt Disney Co. from this media invitation ad write about my experiences so guests to etckt.com can learn more about the holiday shows offered throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.