Friday December 17, 2010
- LDS Conference Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- A venue that holds 21, 000 people — it is mind blowing to see. The tiered seats facing an enormous stage – about 3-4 stories high.
- And the organ … well I may never see anything like it again in my life.
- David Archuleta performing as guest artist (along with Michael York) with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.
- As I walked inside, I must have stood in amazement with my jaw hanging open, gawking for at least 30 minutes.
- The stage so beautifully adorned.
- The filing in of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir took at least 5 minutes – 350-plus volunteer singers who all sounded as one, truly breathtaking.
- The organist making the organ come to life with a sound that gave me chills during his solo performance.
- The orchestra: harpists, flutists, bell ringers that came down the stairs between the choir sections twice to delight me with their delightfully harmonious accompaniment.
- Michael York – sublime storyteller with a multitude of vocal nuances to take you on a journey.
- One of the stories about the circumstances surrounding the origin of the Choir couldn’t have been better chosen to portray David’s own feelings about the power of voice in song.
- JOYOUS, eyes aglow and a smile constantly hovering, if not evident … his body movements naturally harmonious as the music flowed through him in complete abandonment.
- He looked AT HOME on that stage.
- By now you know that he wore, with ease, a tux with white shirt, green vest – bow tie – handkerchief.
- His two talking moments, delivered with calm composure, were defined by the joy he expressed at being HOME with family and friend and the honour he felt to be there, singing with the MoTab choir.
- His voice filled the space, clearly heard above the choir – rich in tone.
- The Cat and Mouse Carol – sung whimsically yet with meaning, a storyteller with hands and upper body movement. A surprise, but an absolutely delightful carol.
- Los Pastores a belen – in honour of his Spanish heritage – exuberantly delivered!
- Silent Night –sung with a beautifully defined intensity, with the choir and orchestra accompaniment supporting him – tears here.
- Angels From The Realm of Glory – his “Glorias” sung with absolute ease and the end note … oh that end note … strong and sustained. Powerful – Stunning. Standing Ovation as he, the Choir master and Michael York left the stage.
- They all returned, were given yellow roses, and a repeat of the ending bars sung again. I am at a loss for words to describe my feelings at this point.
- Just as he came onto the stage to sing at one point, he gave an endearing little wave and grin to someone in the audience – likely someone he knew – that prompted the entire audience to collectively chuckle. Ah, so sweet.
- Each time he exited, he would give his signature wave and smile as he walked off. I hope he never fails to do this at any point, in any circumstance during his career.
These are my impressions, possibly out of order, knowing that I have forgotten many things. I am still in AWE. I may never totally come down from the glorious high I experienced. A memory forever etched into my very existence.
If you have any questions, please ask and I will answer if I can.
P.S. Video by TOfan; MoTab pic from HERE.
P.P.S. Here’s the best Christmas card I can think of
— an amazing compilation of CFTH tour highlights from omygoshashley!
Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Happy Holidays and all the best wishes of the season to one and all!