As Mr. MoSop started up the engine and the two of us slowly drove away from the hospital we sunk into a bone-tired and soul-weary silence. I turned on the radio just in time to hear an excited radio personality announcing that “this next song has become a new ‘listener favorite’ here!”. When the lively jazz tune began, I immediately recognized the vocalist as my very own dear friend Alex Boyé!
The 2012 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert showered the audience with marvelous surprises, and brought down the house – literally! Special guest artists were Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and Peabody Award-winning news journalist Tom Brokaw, with a special surprise appearance by Lt. Gail “Hal” Halverson, the World War II US Army Air Corps “Candy Bomber”. There was also another secret unexpected ‘guest-appearance’…by my deceased Grandpa.
In December 2011, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization was joined by Emmy-award winning actress Jane Seymour and opera baritone Nathan Gunn in a Christmas spectacular featuring a Medieval theme. The Conference Center on Temple Square was transformed into a fairy-tale castle with accompanying royal costumes and pageantry.
The 2010 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert beat all records for ticket requests, and crowds. Adorning fans queued up to the Conference Center hours beforehand hoping for standby seating. The excitement and energy of the crowd was truly epic.
In December 2009 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir welcomed singer Natalie Cole and renowned writer-historian David McCullough to join ‘the family’ for Christmas…and we made lasting magical memories together!
It’s Christmas Concert Week in Salt Lake City for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Each year two wonderful guest stars are welcomed to the ‘big house’ (aka Conference Center) where stunning Christmas magic happens. Today’s post spotlights the 2008 Christmas Concert!
We have been suffering for so many weeks through my daughter’s serious illness and hospitalization; trying to make sense of it all, trying to endure it all, trying to hold onto hope and faith. “Why is this happening?” we ask, “When will this end?”, “What can we do to make everything all better?” and sometimes, I admit my soul …
Today is hospital Day 30 for daughter-A. She made some great progress a week ago, but then suffered some devastating set-backs. This frustrating illness just doesn’t want to play fair, or let go! After 30 days and nights laying in a hospital bed…
During the season known for giving and getting, President Thomas S. Monson and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir remind us of the true gifts and meaning of Christmas in today’s beautiful and peace-filled video. . .
The popular Christmas carol “Adeste Fideles” is known in the English translation as “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. The original four verses were eventually extended to eight, but it’s rarely performed in entirety due to length. The song has been
I love the inspiring story of the Christmas carol “What Child is This?”. In 1865 at the age of 29, an English writer named William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness. He was confined to bedrest for several months, and sunk into a deep depression. Yet, out of this terrible trial
Today’s beautiful video combines clips from The Life of Christ Bible Videos and messages from the 2009 LDS Church First Presidency Christmas Devotional. The speakers are
The song “Sleigh Ride” was envisioned ironically by Leroy Anderson during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948.
Wow, It’s December already! That means it’s time for us to think “Christmas”, and it’s time to enjoy lots of beautiful Christmas Music! Enjoy this new Christmas release from one of my favorite group of musicians – The Piano Guys!
Even though Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, it’s already time for me to focus on Christmas. I can’t help it. I’m a singer. My Christmas Concert marathon is only 4 short weeks away. [*facepalm*] Ironically, having to think about the holidays is the last thing I want to do right now.
Normally, you would have to wait until next year for the release of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s most recent Christmas Concert. But, the MormonTabChoir YouTube channel posted a “sneak peek”, sharing this showstopping rendition of Jingle Bells arranged by director Mack Wilberg. Enjoy!
“Adeste Fideles”, commonly known in English as “O Come All Ye Faithful” is a very popular hymn sung at Christmas time.
A special new video from The Piano Guys was released today featuring their arrangement of the Christmas hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.
Exactly one year ago today, a giant storm with hurricane force winds struck my home in Northern Utah.
On Christmas Eve this year our family participated in a different kind of “Church Service”. Apparently, a few months back Mr. MoSop signed us all up for the weekly wardhouse cleaning detail. He felt it would be “a great chance for us to give a gift to Jesus on Christmas”. This blog post gives the lowdown on our non-traditional Christmas “gift-giving” experience – with a few “tips” thrown in for future participants.
Every year in November my friend Nola Child begins to unwrap her Christmas treasures and transform her home into a sacred museum, of sorts. It takes Nola over a week of full-time effort to get everything into place. That’s because Nola owns over 600 nativity scenes from around the world (although, I’ve heard the unofficial number might be closer to 700). . . [Merry Christmas everyone! In this post, Enjoy Nola’s nativity collection as a MoSop video]
Jake Justice and Amy Whitcomb may be young, but they are already making a name for themselves in the competitive music industry. The two talented Mormon artists recently collaborated on a new recording of “Silent Night” which I am pleased to share with you today.
Hello Christmas! You look so beautiful, and not even a day older, this year! Won’t you please come in and stay awhile? I’m sorry I’ve been rushing around so much lately I haven’t paused to spent more quality time with you. I know you can’t stay long, and your presence always fills my heart and home with such a special feeling! . . . A gift for my readers
Confession time. There are a few Christmas songs I don’t particularly care for. Take Carol of The Bells, for instance, which usually scrapes along the edge of my nerves like a dull razor. The song is merciless for any singer with articulation problems, or any listener who prefers their music to stay on pitch. And, don’t even get …
A new series of Bible videos created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being produced and offered free of charge to the public. The video series debuted this month with a stunningly beautiful depiction of The Christmas Story, told in six parts. . . . .The second video depicts the joyous and emotional reunion of Mary and her cousin Elisabeth…
Last year, a small group of 5th graders living in the remote Alaskan village of Quinhagak received the thrill of a lifetime when their school project became an international video sensation! Their creative music video of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” was originally crafted to entertain “only about 200 people”, but thanks to the wonders of YouTube, email, and social media sites, the video has now traveled around the globe entertaining well over one million people…and counting.
In December 2007 a Mormon man from Brazil named Eduardo went on a business trip to Lagos, Nigeria. During his stay, he had the opportunity to attend a Christmas Party held at the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was charmed by his video of the enthusiastic Yaba Ward Choir performing “Silent Night”. Enjoy!