Day 8: Sharing Shoreline

Day 8 MoTab Tour ❤ Monday 25 June 2018 Mountain View, California

Our second concert in the Bay area was at the Shoreline amphitheater, a huge outdoor theater with 9,000 seats under a canopy, and an additional capacity of 11,000 on the lawn.

View from the top of the hill
View from the stage

One of the really special events of this day began at the sound check and rehearsal. Three music groups were invited to participate in our sound check and pre-concert rehearsal, the San Jose Pop Up Choir, the Grand Chamber Group, and most significantly – members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. I had met two of these men just the day before when I attended the pride parade and BBQ event!

Courtesy SFGMC
Courtesy SFGMC

Additionally, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir invited the conductor of the SF Gay Mens Chorus Tim Seelig to be the guest conductor for our final encore during our concert that night.

This was a really significant milestone between the Latter-day Saint community and the gay community to come together like this. The power of music to heal hearts, and build bridges of love and understanding is so real!

Photo credit: Dave Earl

You can read a great news article with more details about this event here.

“As an openly gay conductor, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to stand in front of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, much less conduct it,” said Seelig. “During yesterday’s rehearsal and throughout the performance, there was an immediate bond between the two choirs provided by the music. In this time when families are being torn apart at our borders, it is my hope that events such as this will remind us all not to do the same thing to our own families. For me, that is what conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was about. We can all be better at reaching out and loving one another—even with our differences. This was a huge first step for that.”

-Dr. Tim Seelig, SFGMC as quoted in PRNewsWire

Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett added,

“It was such an honor to have Dr. Seelig conduct the Choir. This was a beautiful moment for both of our organizations to be unified through music.”

It was a truly heartwarming day for me, especially to happen on the heels of my San Francisco Pride Parade experience just the very day before, and to get to see and hug my new friends again. My heart was, and remains, very full of joy.

I will conclude this post with a viewer video of the final encore of the concert being directed by Dr. Seelig.

This Land is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

What symbolic lyrics! It truly is a land for you and for me it is made for all of us to live together in love and perfect harmony. – MoSop

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