Thank you to everyone who attended the St. George and Dixie State College celebration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square! The stadium was jam packed and we loved performing for you. Even though I did not play in them, I personally really enjoyed Alex Boye’s solo songs, each of which was loved by the audience. Great job Alex!
I have added several events to my calendar:
- February 5 – Centennial Celebration in St. George with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- February 6 – Music and the Spoken Word
- April 12 – BYU Brass Chamber Night
- June 20-27 – 2011 Eastern US Tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
As you know, I’m a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square. Last summer, the Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir went on tour to the Central States region of the U.S. Our friends at BYU Broadcasting accompanied us and shot hundreds of hours of footage. Out of that has come a documentary entitled “One Voice” which will air in April on BYU Television. I was able to see the preview of it and the special really captures what it’s like when we go out on tour. If you click on this link (http://byutv.org/onevoice) you can see a short trailer about the documentary.
It will air for the first time on BYU-TV between sessions of General Conference on Sunday, April 4th. You can click here (www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/events/#417) for all the current airtimes, including live streaming over the internet. BYU-TV has also made a 90-minute special of the our last concert of the 2009 tour at Red Rocks outside Denver. I hope you’ll enjoy both shows.
Thanks for a great show, Denver! The concert at Red Rocks was a great success, probably the best crowd we had. This was the first time for most of the members of the choir and orchestra to see Red Rocks (my second, though first time anything was going on) and everyone loved it. Thanks to everyone who came and supported us!
For any who were there and wondering why we all looked like we were laughing during the encore, Gov. Ritter was holding the baton by the wrong end while he was conducting us before it broke (I think) and flew into the violin section. I guess that’s the sort of thing that happens when the guest conductor does not come to the sound check. He had the biggest grin on his face and thoroughly enjoyed himself. What a way to end the tour!
Now we are on our way back to Salt Lake City. This has been a great tour – great food, great people, fun locations, and just the right length of time. See everyone back in Utah!
The convoy is on its way to Denver for the final concert of the tour at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! We are logging about a quarter of the tour’s miles in one day driving from Oklahoma City to Denver.
The Oklahoma City (actually Norman, OK) crowd was fantastic. We had over 8500 people in the audience and they were very enthusiastic. Barry, our tour manager, thought that it was going to be one of the weakest crowds when they first set up the stop, but it sure was worth the detour from the original plan. Red Rocks is supposed to be sold out as well, so I am looking forward to a great finish to the tour.