As a flash mob, Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings at Colonial Williamsburg


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    June 23, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Bravo, Bravo, Encore, Encore...

    Inspires me to action...wonder what I could do to make a difference?
    Sky's the limit...

    Random acts of kindness...it can change the World!

  • NightTrader Colonia, Yap, FSM
    June 23, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    Not my favorite songs, but cool idea nonetheless, and I'm glad a video was posted. As I watched, I kept wanting to hear them burst into a crescendo of "God Bless America" or "Battle Hymn of the Republic" ... but Yankee Doodle'll do.

  • joy Logan, UT
    June 22, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Picky Picky Picky! What difference whether it be a Flash Mob or a surprised event it sounds like it was wonderful and all who witnessed it were thrilled.

    Why must people tear everything apart? Such a negative society we have become.

  • Nora Nell Olympia, WA
    June 22, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    What a COOL idea. I would have loved to have been there. I hope they can figure out ways to do that kind of thing again when they are OUT on tour. Congrats to all those who thought it up, organized it and carried it out.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    I love the moderation of these comments. I got on the other Salt Lake paper's web site to read about Jimmer, and most of the comments were just ad hominem attacks on people who dared post a thought. And most of the posters thought they were being funny by making fun of others. It's refreshing to read comments that make sense, deal with the subject at hand, and ad to my enlightenment. I don't need to hear criticism of people's religious beliefs though it is OK to address differences in a tolerant and respectful manner. A person who writes, "Lame, lame, lame," as a comment on this news article deserves to have his/her comment hidden from public view.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    June 22, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    AZRods: "Also, keep in mind, they didn't try to make a big production out of it, hence no quality video recording to measure up to your strict demands for a true flash mob. I'm just glad we got to see what we did."

    You got to see an early amateur recording of it, but if you notice there were several professional cameras there complete with sound men. It appears that this is going to be produced into something more polished.

    However, quality video recording does not a flash mob make. A flash mob is an ad hoc group of people that came together through social media to perform. In that strict sense, this surprise performance does not meet that standard.

    Pretty cool none-the-less.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    June 22, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    If this is "lame lame lame" and if the Tab "just doesn't cut it", then consider yourself in a minority and re-read the article to see what the people said who were actualy there!

    Also, keep in mind, they didn't try to make a big production out of it, hence no quality video recording to measure up to your strict demands for a true flash mob. I'm just glad we got to see what we did.

    In the end, if you can come on a Mormon Tabernacle Choir article looking to criticize and act like a flash mob oficianado, I suspect you have far greater problems than not appreciating a simple, beautiful, patriotic moment with the tabernacle choir.

    God bless America and God bless the Tabernacle Choir!

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    June 22, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    Not really a "Flash" for flash mob style, but it did have a graceful impact on the truths our country was founded on.

    @ unaffiliated_person: The tune was to "God Save the King" or "My Country 'Tis of Thee", but the lyrics were different. Watch the video towards the middle, about 3:25 minutes in. It was "God Save Great Washington".

  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    June 22, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    I think I read somewhere else they sang God Save the King too...rather amusing at a Revolution event. The Brits would get a kick out of that.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    June 22, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    All in all pretty cool. Oh BTW not a member but still pretty cool to do this.

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    June 22, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    A surprise performance by a regularly organized group, even if they're undercover, does not exactly equal a "flash mob."

  • CF Mom Sandy, UT
    June 22, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Several of my family and friends are members of the MoTab Heavenly choir. I too look forward to the day that I can again see and here those loving heavenly voices. Until then I will enjoy those singing with us now and wish I could have been in Williamsburg yesterday.

    I remember all of the letters, postcards and phone calls from previous choir tours. What stands out most, is the love choir members have for each other and the people they serve around the world through song. I rarely heard I miss you, only we wish you were here to join us in the Love we are seeing and sharing.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    I am a huge fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I think their idea to surprise guests at Williamsburg was a great idea. Do I think the title of this article was a little misleading? In a way, only because the video recording I watched failed to capture the true essence of actually being there to experience the "surprise." I kept waiting for the Tab Choir to ramp it up and really, really stand out above the crowd (like I have seen and heard in numerous other "flash mob" YouTube videos) which didn't come through as the headline expected me to believe. It actually kind of paled in comparison. Is there a better video of this surprise performance that anyone else can recommend?

  • twinb Willoughby, OH
    June 22, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    To "Fair Thinker" Not such fair thinking in my opinion. So it wasn't a 'flash mob' in some ways of thinking, but it's a pretty broad thing and I for one thought it was great. Wish I could have been there.

    Regarding your comment about facebook not being cool, I take offense. There is no rule nor standard that states it's not for moms. I for one have been on facebook LONGER than any of my 5 adult children. If you want 'cool' (and I use that term lightly) you can always go back to MySpace. That's just too 'cool' for us moms and old people. lol

  • Last Stand Farmington, UT
    June 22, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    Re: Fair Thinker

    Wow, could we be anymore uptight this morning? Who cares if it was or was not a "Flash Mob" by your's or anyone else's definition. I'm sure the Choir is not using it to try and be hip because I'm sure they don't really care about that sort of thing. It was cool and that's about all that needs to be said.

  • Fair Thinker SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    June 22, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    After DesNews rejecting a simlple comment of "Lame, lame, lame!", I will be more elaborate so their moderator is satisified.

    As Farnsworth said, this is not a "flash mob" experience. While no one knew they were going to be there and may have been surprised, by an uplifting experience. If you do as Sarah B suggests and watch other flash mob videos, unexpected singing by a group of people, even if they MoTab, just doesn't cut it. So in short, this was "lame, lame, lame". (Is that a good enough explanation for you DesNews???)

    This title of the article should be "Mormon Tabernacle Choir Surprises Williambsburg Tourists". Just as "FaceBook" became uncool when your Mom got and started trying to leave posts on your wall, "Flash Mobs" became uncool when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir thinks they are a flash mob after doing this.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    June 22, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    To "Supporting LDS Church"--You are actually NOT supporting your church when you put forth notions that liberal people aren't as patriotic as you are. I am a Big D Democrat and I served 3 years in the Armed Forces of our country (USMC-74-77). I pay my taxes and vote in every election and try to really be a part of the electoral process. My family lost a loved member to combat. Finally, I am not a Mormon and I don't even care for organized religion very much--(having run into too many representatives like yourself), but I got chills watching this and it made my morning.

    Thank you Mormon Tabernacle Choir

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 22, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    This is pretty cool. I love Williamsburg and consider it almost as a second home. I've seen a lot of these street performances, but this one is awesome!

    To "Supporting LDS Church", however, stop injecting political philosophy into things like this. Liberals are patriotic and love the country. These are not principles restricted to conservatives, and conservatives are not the only ones who love God and country.

  • Larryc206 Santa Cruz, CA
    June 21, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    It thrilled me to watch the ten minute video and to know what was happening. I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Every member is a devoted servant of God, and their voices show that. One year on their summer tour, they were in Memphis (I think). A young girl in treatment for cancer at St. Jude's Hospital had the thrill of her life to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (or a large number of them) sing just to her alone. What a blessing! The Choir broadcasts regularly on BYUTV, and that is another blessing!
    The Choir has a long history, and over time, many members have gone along to sing in Heaven. That's something that I look forward to seeing and hearing them there -- I'm 86, and this could happen any time! God Bless the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

  • Supporting LDS Church Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    AGH! I wish I had been there. Colonial Williamsburg has a special place in my heart.

    What an exiting experience for the people who were present... too bad the media in this country is so liberal that we don't see this as prominent as articles about trusting Mormons with the presidency, etc.

    This is awesome!

  • rick52041 WAIMANALO, HI
    June 21, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Hey; Guy With A Brain, Pay no attention to any arrogant stool sample that scoffs at another s faith, religion or beliefs. I've seen and heard enough of that. If your faith serves you and you serve your faith and cause no harm to any peaceable creature your not going to eat or take more than you can use, I believe God will bless you. I don't share your religion or any other. I hope you don't mind if I share your belief and faith in Christ and his Dad, who gave me an awesome sunrise this morning. Keep the Faith. Aloha; Rick

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    June 21, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    That was totally awesome. I would have to guess that this flash mob group had the oldest people, just glad they didn't try to dance. Thanks for sharing that DN.

  • Sarah B SLC, UT
    June 21, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Farnsworth- do you know what a flash mob is? FYI a flash mob is a preplanned event where people in a public place seem to spontaneously break into song, kinda like in a musical. They've been done in grocery stores and Grand Central station. Look it up on youtube and you can watch some.

  • babybjo American Fork, UT
    June 21, 2011 5:04 p.m.

    this was great to watch, how fun. May I request one thing as a correction to your story? They sang 'Yankee Doodle' not 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 21, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    Love, love, LOVE the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Some may claim foolishness over what we believe but there's no disputing we have one of the greatest choirs the world has ever known.

    Go MOTAB!

  • rick52041 WAIMANALO, HI
    June 21, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Shaka---Hana hou.

  • FarnsworthPMacGillicuddy Layton, UT
    June 21, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    The MoTab as a "flash mob"? Umm, no. As a great event, a "surprise"? Yes, indeed.

  • RLO Holladay, UT
    June 21, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    Shoot me first.

  • Quayle Dallas, TX
    June 21, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    More Mormon flash mobs!

  • Alaskan Ute Fairbanks, AK
    June 21, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Very cool. Wish I would have been there.

  • Josi S. Kilpack Willard, UT
    June 21, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    That is about the coolest dang thing I've ever heard of! Man, I would have loved to have been there for that. What a cool idea! Kudos to those who put it together. And thanks for the video.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    June 21, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Priceless. Imagine the stories that are going to be shared by those who were there.

  • rudipen Layton, ut
    June 21, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    Awesome. Would've been great to be there.

  • Independent Woman West Jordan, UT
    June 21, 2011 3:01 p.m.

    Great idea. Wish I could have been there.

    June 21, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Wonderful!!! What a great idea...couldn't have been in a more perfect place!