Concert review: Soloist Katherine Jenkins and choir in beautiful tribute to pioneer 'sustenance' through song

By Blair Howell

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 23 2012 2:38 p.m. MDT

Jenkins turned to the choir behind her and asked members to raise their hand if they had Welsh ancestry and was surprised at the vast majority of “her cousins” in the choir. According to one estimate, 75 percent of the choir’s singers can trace their lineage to Wales. Jenkins’ powerful rendition of the Welsh patriotic hymn “Cymru Fach” (“Dearest Wales”) was a tribute to her homeland: “There's a place for the whole of her in my heart, dearest Wales. ... My way back from afar to that sanctuary of my childhood, dearest Wales.”

The evening’s final performance, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” was a final honor to the Utah pioneers who the faithful believe never walked alone in their journeys across the plains. “Walk on through the wind / Walk on through the rain / Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown / Walk on, walk on / With hope in your heart / And you'll never walk alone.”

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