When I was asked earlier today if I would like to go see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live in concert, I honestly think I was more shocked than anything else. Here is the one group that I have wanted to see perform live for a good majority of my life, and I’m being given the opportunity to hear them mere minutes before the concert is scheduled to start.
[singlepic id=27 w=280 float=right]Allow me to explain how this transpired. Our CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
, had been asked to conduct the choir’s encore at the afternoon concert, and it just so happened that when he got there, he had an extra ticket. So he called back to the S+L studios, and asked if anyone else wanted to come hear the choir. Being that my background is in music, and since I have conducted choirs for the past two years, I naturally jumped at the opportunity. Knowing that I had mere minutes to get to Roy Thomson Hall made the journey seem like an eternity, but thankfully, I arrived just as the choir was beginning their first number.
I think there is only one word that can describe the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: perfection. Absolute Perfection. Here you have a 360-voice choir, and yet they sing so flawlessly that not one voice sticks out over another. The mixture of repertoire that they sing is incredible, ranging from sacred, to spirituals, to folk hymns--even some Broadway tunes thrown in for good measure!
Of course, the reason that we were all there was to see Fr. Rosica conduct the choir in their encore piece This Land is Your Land (with the Canadian words, of course.) I have to say that he did quite well, and I am sure that it is an experience that he will not soon forget. Nor will I forget it, for that matter!