On January 4, 2008, after four years of extensive renovation, the Utah State Capitol building held a formal Re-dedication ceremony. The ceremony’s 2008 program was based on the program used during the original dedication in 1916.
Included among the many performances was a new musical commission entitled “Anthem for a New Year: Into Light”.
The lyrics were a new poem written by Utah’s Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, PhD, and set to music by Utah composer Kurt Bestor. The premeire was conducted by Craig Jessop, and the extensive cast of local performers included The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, The Bells on Temple Square, the 23rd Army Band, the International Children’s Choir, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School.
The poem compares the cold dark winter dawning slowly into spring as an allegory for our personal opportunities to change with the season, reach for new possibilities, and become beings of light.
Watch A Video Of This Musical Premiere Continue reading
On May 1, 2003 husband, father, son and friend, US Army Pfc. Jesse Givens died in Iraq in the service of his country. He was 34 years old. Givens was parked in an M-1 main battle tank alongside the bank of the Euphrates River in Al Habbaniyah, Iraq. The riverbank gave way, resulting in the tank falling into the river. His comrades tried desperately and unsuccessfully to free him. Ironically, Pfc. Jesse A. Givens drowned in the desert…
Hear the story, and watch the musical performance of his last Letter Home. Continue reading
It’s time for “making the list” and “checking it twice”. And, no, we’re not talking about the big guy in the red suit [that was LAST week]. I’m talking about YOUR list. Or, more accurately, YOURS, MINE and OURS. The infamous “New Year Resolutions List”. And, if you’re like me, you’re quietly pulling out last year’s list and quickly dusting it off….”Voila! All done!”
Here are some Helpful hints from Einstein! And, Don’t miss the “motivational” music video! Continue reading
On Christmas Eve 1906, a 33-year-old university professor, and former chief chemist for Thomas Edison, named Reginald Fessenden did something long thought impossible. Using a new type of generator, Fessenden spoke into a microphone and, for the first time in history, a man’s voice was broadcast over the airwaves…
LEARN THE fascinating history of the beloved Christmas Carol “Cantique de Noël” [O Holy Night]. This post includes a video clip of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement. Continue reading
On the 25th Day of December, MoSop wishes you a Merry Christmas! … as we pause to Celebrate, Rejoice, and Remember.
The night of Jesus’ birth shepherds near Bethlehem were tending their sheep. … This post remembers the shepherds important role, and includes a new MoSop Movie illustrating the song “While Shepherds Lately Knelt” Continue reading
On the 24th Day of our December julibee…It is time for some Christmas Eve Carols to lighten your festivity!
[music videos included] Continue reading
On The 23rd Day of counting down, we’ve reached the Eve of Christmas Eve…
…here is a story that warms the heart, and helps us to believe
On The 22nd Day of Christmas it’s time for something good to eat…
…MoSop shares several favorite recipes, just choose your treat!
In this post, enjoy 4 of our favorite Christmas baking recipes. Easy and fun! Directions and photos included! Continue reading
“On The 21st Day of Christmas Countdown we contemplate the vision of Handel’s musical gift…combined with Isaiah, a timeless prophesy to uplift!”
Learn more about the Oratorio “Messiah”, and explore the similarities between the Prophet Isaiah, and the Composer Joseph Frideric Handel …
Includes Music Videos: “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” and “Hallelujiah Chorus”. Continue reading
On the 20th Day of Christmas, we make a little noise…in poetic praise of cookies, bells, and other seasonal joys! Continue reading
On The 19th Day of Christmas Countdown, MoSop celebrates her 20th Wedding Anniversary!… and shares some fun facts about the Nativity”.
This post includes a fascinating 5 minute BBC video revealing such things as Jesus’ Real Birthday, and what Frankincense & Myrrh actually are…. Continue reading
On The 18th Day of Christmas Countdown feel blessings from above … by watching the “Joy To Everyone” music video, made with love!
On The 17th Day of Christmas Countdown, MoSop reminds us
… what Christmas is all about, courtesy, Linus.
I’ve always loved the Peanuts Cartoon series. Creator Charles Schultz was smart. He knew that often it takes a child to be able to state the facts. There’s nothing quite so beautiful in simplicity. You’ve probably seen this video clip before, but as we face the last mad dash to complete our shopping and baking and party-going … it’s nice to be reminded. [video clip "What Christmas Is All About"] Continue reading
On the 16th Day it isn’t always enough … to smile and grin and try to be tough… A post on coping with Grief and Loss at Christmas time.
Today, my message of hope and praise is just a little different from the norm. I wish to acknowledge the suffering that often accompanies this time of year when empty chairs and broken hearts seem especially out of place.
This Post includes an interview with singer-songwriter Cori Connors, and a NEW MoSop Movie Premeire “You Would Have Loved This”, from Cori’s Christmas CD: “Sleepy Little Town”. [watch in HD!] Continue reading
On The 14th day of Christmas celebrate the yuletide … with Brian Stokes Mitchell singing “Sleigh Ride”! Continue reading
A new song has been released just in time for Christmas by LDS / Mormon musician Shawna Belt Edwards which is taking the world by storm. It asks the timeless question: “Do YOU have room for the Savior?” … Learn more, and Watch the inspiring video!
“On the 12th Day of Christmas, watch a 5 minute movie … depicting The Nativity” Continue reading
“On The 11st Day of Christmas, as MoSop’s Countdown posts increase”…
…It’s time for some Heavenly Peace”
[post includes a sing-a-long with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir]
“On the 10th Day Christmas, MoSop shares a story … for finding the Christmas Spirit’s glory” …
This post includes excerpts of a talk by Thomas S. Monson, and a musical selection for you to enjoy! Continue reading
“On The 9th Day of Christmas, MoSop shared a poem….to lighten up your holiday home” Continue reading
“On the 8th Day of Christmas MoSop shared with me…”
a Happy Birthday wish to MoSop’s Mommy!!! and A Christmas Gift from International Mormon Missionaries. Watch a lovely video message in many languages about the true gift of Christmas. Continue reading
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a Christmas Devotional on the first Sunday of each December. The December 6, 2009 Christmas Devotional is now available … This post provides direct links to view. Enjoy! Continue reading
I beleive that when music is performed with the spirit of God, it is the most powerful tool He has on earth in preparing a soul, softening a mind, and touching a heart. This story is a perfect example of how the power of spiritual music made a difference one cold December night in Moscow. Continue reading
“On The 6th Day of Christmas, MoSop shares a music treat”…
…The Song “NEW WORDS” performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell (so sweet!) Today’s gift is a new MoSop Movie, featuring one of the songs “Stokes” performed during last year’s Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert in SLC. I feel this particular song captures the true essense of Christmas, and offers . Enjoy!
“On the 5th Day of Christmas, MoSop gave to YOU…” A Chance To Walk In Mary’s SHOE(s)!
This post explores how Mary the Mother of Jesus was actually a fitness hero as well as a spiritual inspiration!
Bonus: A Video and a Reader’s Poll Continue reading
On the 4th Day of Christmas, MoSop sent a treat…Beautiful Christmas Feet! Enjoy tapping your toes along to this amazing musical performance by Tabernacle Choir Organist Richard Elliott. Continue reading