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.
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
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!
Daughter A’s favorite hymn is “Lead Kindly Light”. Today I came across a recording by the Brigham Young University men’s A’capella group Vocal Point. It is one of the most beautiful arrangements we have heard. So peace-filled. So comforting. Such perfect timing. I had to share it!
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.
One of my favorite Hymns is “How Firm A Foundation”. It is a unique, because instead of the words giving praise to the Lord, the lyrics are written as the voice of the Lord speaking directly to us.
One week ago today I was sitting in the Hospital Emergency Room arguably facing one of the new “longest nights of my life”.
A beautiful hymn-prayer has been running through my mind a lot today. Hearing it, and singing it, always offers a sweet balm to a troubled heart, and provides gentle communion between my soul, and the Lord. In this special arrangement sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, it ends with a final whispered promise…”I Come To Thee”…
This month, having joined both the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo writing challenges I am focusing a lot of my time and attention on WORDS. However, as powerful as words are, there is a much higher form of communication I must always pay homage to.
I believe Music is the way the angels pray. We can participate in this heavenly communication with God whenever we choose to perform and listen to beautiful, wholesome music. . .
There’s nothing that makes me happier than sharing a new beautiful song! Shawna Edwards, a gifted Mormon composer and lyricist (and my good friend), has just released a new song and video honoring Young Women. . .
The story of Paul Cardall is as epic as his music. It’s hard to know where to begin.
Wednesday June 19, 2013. Greetings from Minneapolis, Minnesota! After a very early start out of Madison Wisconsin, and a full day of travelling and singing, including participating in a dedication ceremony of the Black River Falls “Mormon Loggers” memorial (a very cool experience I will be blogging about separately), The Mormon Tabernacle Choir finally arrived in Minneapolis at approximately 5:00 PM local time. Tonight was a designated “free night”. A welcome chance to relax and see the sites prior to our final 2013 Summer Tour performance on Thursday, June 20th in the Target Center. As it turned out, we arrived on game day!
Greetings from Shaumburg, Illinois! Having now survived a breakdown of my new laptop, a collapse of my new cell phone, and a major social-media-withdrawal-induced-panic attack of my mind, I am now eagerly climbing back into the blogosphere saddle to finally give you my Tour Updates! Here is the first of many to come:
Greetings from the road! I am currently on tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Today is Day 3 of TOUR (well, technically it is now Day 4 since it’s long after midnight…) and I am in the beautiful city of Indianapolis, Indiana – USA. Unfortunately, my laptop connectivity has been on the blitz since tour …
Yesterday I shared Part 1 of my audition story with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I made it! What happens now?
Between July 1st – November 2007 I went through the intense audition process with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Yes, it really takes about 4 months from the time you put in your application to the day you get your “yea or nay” letter. This is my story.
Enjoy an exclusive interview with The Lower Lights band member Paul Jacobsen – including photos and video!
Two Mormon missionaries recently became ‘recording artists’ to share their love of God and music.
The beloved hymn “God Be With You till we Meet Again” was penned in 1880 by Jeremiah E. Rankin, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C.. It was set to music in 1882 by composer William G. Tomer, pastor of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.. Mr. Rankin explained; “Written…as a Christian good-bye, …
The beautiful message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that our Father in Heaven loves each of us, personally.
Each hymn has a special story, although they are often unknown and untold. One of the lesser-known is Hymn #75, In Hymns of Praise Our Voices Raise with text by Ada Blenkhorn and music by Alfred Beirly.
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.