kathybeebee; Veritcal Vatican? how tacky!
Sorry, I also have to take exception to the comment about the lottery.
Previously, if you were "fortunate" enough to live in the valley, you
went and queued up at the Conference Center ticket window. Needless to say,
there wasn't much going on at the Church Office Bldg on that given morning.
IF anything was left, then those of us in the Mission Field got a chance at the
leftovers.I think the lottery levels the playing field. I have
received tickets for several performances that I would never have been able to
queue up for. Also improves productivity at the Vertical Vatican.
Realizing that the Choir's and guest soloist's *VOICES* can only
handle so-many performances in a week, AND .......that the volunteer
performers do have limited personal *TIME* they can "donate" to
performances (especially during the busy holidays) .....It would
still be a tremendous blessing if the Church could ADD JUST ONE MORE evening
performance (Wednesday?) and possibly a MATINEE performance on Saturday!?I (we all) DO feel badly for those frustrated people who never seem to
have any luck at winning tickets. Keep trying! And perhaps you could have a
friend or family member enter to see if they can be lucky enough to
"draw-out" for you.We register for the drawing every year,
but I'd say we probably "only" draw-out about every 4th year on
average. Oh that it could be yearly!!Last year, they announced that
1 million+ registered for the drawing. I've heard THIS year that the
registration was closer to TWO MILLION.We got in for Sunday this
time. It was absolutely phenomenal!! THANKS Choir, Bells, Orchestra, Dancers,
Crew, Staff, Volunteers and Guest Performers! God bless you all!
I went on Thursday. Alfie Boe singing Bring Him Home brought the house down.
So did the parachutes coming from the ceiling. I knew whom Brokaw was talking
about, even before Gale Halverson appeared.It was awesome. I was
very pleased to be one of the 85,000 who got tickets. I do know people who go
every year because they "know" people.
To those of you who were unable to attend the concerts, they will be available
on DVD next year, and I strongly suggest buying them. This was unforgettable.
We loved the performances. Alfie Boe was sensational. What a voice. Tom Brokaw
and Gail Halverson stole the show. What a great treat! The organ solo,
"Sleigh Bells" by Richard Elliott was outstanding. The whole concert was
wonderful. it was among our favorites. There was a long stand-by line Thursday
night, and all got it with room to spare. No sour grapes, please. Go make it
happen next year!Thank you Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a truly
unforgettable night. It truly set the stage for the Christmas spirit for us this
year. The whole program was a step above. I watched it again on Sunday
morning's broadcast and still teared up in parts. Thank you, thank you for
this outstanding contribution to the real meaning of Christmas to the world.
I got tickets through the Lottery and believe me when I say I am not Church
Royalty. Actually there is no Church Royalty. The only Royalty in this Church is
Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church. There are so many people who want to
go the lottery is the onlyfair way to decide. Yes, the Leadership are
there but they do not have tickets. They are special guests. I have been
to many programs in the past year and all I can say isput your name in the
second the lottery opens and then put all dates available. Sorryyou missed
the program. I,too, missed it because the date I got wasn't good for me.I was able to give my tickets to a friend. Better luck next time. But, try to
bemore kind in your thoughts about who gets and who doesn't. We are
all equal in the sight of God.
classicalmusiclovers,Have you considered going as Standby, and
getting in to the Christmas program that way? Several years ago, when I still
lived outside Utah, I happened to be here on business for the weekend of the
Christmas program. So, I went down early and stood outside in a Standby line,
waiting for a ticket. I was able to get a ticket and get in for the program.
From what I have been told, it is very rare for anyone in Standby to
not be able to get in. Anyone who does not go, just because they did not get a
ticket in the lottery, should be satisfied with their decision, as they are
really choosing not to go.
I attended this morning, and though we didn't have tickets, we easily got
in as a stand-by. And there were still empty seats, by the way, throughout the
conference center after the stand-by's were seated. So quit complaining
and go downtown, stand in line, and enjoy the show.
Well, gosh, after reading some of the comments, apparently I'm just
"more righteous" than most of you. NOT. There are 21,000 seats to be
filled, not including the choir itself, surely most of those aren't for
royalty? Come on, guys, really? In the past, I could NEVER get in, EVER, now I
finally have a chance!
I am certainly NOT "church Royalty," but we entered our names
(me/husband), each with our respective email addresses. My husband and I did
NOT get tickets. But my in-laws did, and they brought us. ;)This
new lottery system makes it so "church Royalty" can't hog the
tickets, we can all benefit this way---from the poorest to the wealthiest, to
the most active "pious" LDS to those who are riding the line, and those
who are not LDS, too!I have been to 4 Christmas concerts, maybe 5,
and I have to say, this one was the best. Second best was with David
Archuleta. But I have a secret crush on Tom Brokaw, so this year was the
best.Having "The Candy Bomber" there was such a treat, and
having Tom Brokaw read from Luke 2, Alfie Boe singing "Bring Him Home,"
and my most FAVORITE PART: Meredith Brokaw standing there in awe while the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang "The Hallelujah Chorus" directly to her
(Because her birthday is on Christmas Day, Tom Brokaw teased that she would joke
that the song was being sung to her for her birthday. BEST EVER! And the organ
There is enough discord in the world, why complain about not getting tickets to
the concert. The comment about the church elite is uncalled for. Be happy,
rejoice! Next year you can buy the PBS DVD. From someone lucky enough to get a
ticket, it was electric! You will want that PBS DVD!
I've lost every lottery as well. Makes you wonder who (if anyone) is
I, too, failed to "win" the lottery for tickets. But being bitter about
it won't do a bit of good for anyone. Envy or jealousy isn't
productive.On the other hand, I just finished watching Music and the
Spoken Word on Channel 5 and had the opportunity to enjoy part of the program
there.It was wonderful to see Col. Halvorsen honored there.
He's a great and very humble man whom I've had the wonderful chance to
meet a couple of times. It was great to honor him now as he won't be with
us too much longer.
I think the comment raises a very sobering point. Jesus said Those who are sick
need the physician, not those who are well.For whom does the Choir
perform? For whom should the Choir perform? For the elite and
"connected"? Or for the stranger, the inactive, the poor, the lonely,
the unconnected?Perhaps if more attention were paid to the strangers
and "outsiders", fewer of them would commit heinous and horrible acts,
as if the only way their lives can matter is in horror and evil?It
is a sobering thought for this season when so many are often so lonely.
I can see both sides the coin. MapleDon's comment does come off a little
snobbish and classicalmusiclovers sounds bitter. I think a lot of us have
contributed much to the church over the years and yet I don't feel upset
that some people (church royalty if you want to call them that) get tickets
every year. At the end of the day my church service was done because I want to
be a true follower or Christ and I don't expect any rewards. I've been
lucky enough to attend quite a few times and I hope everyone gets the chance to
attend at least once.It sounds like it was a wonderful concert. What
a wonderful inspiration Hal is for the rest of us. A true hero.
Church Royalty??? How rude. I've lost every lottery as well but refuse to
be pathetic and whine. Instead I've asked around and have found that I can
find two about half the time. Patience and persistence not whining.That Royalty cheap shot really bothers me. Each member of the Choir gets some
tickets. Why would you begrudge them this honor with all the free time they
donate. It's a FREE concert and a Fantastic concert that if held in NYC
would be $125 for a balcony seat.Do you begrudge Pres. Monson and
the other general authorities getting seats? How rude.
I wish I was from Church Royalty and could get tickets. Ever since they went to
the lottery I have never received tickets. @MapleDon, it used to be a tradition
for me and my family because I would get up early and take time to refresh my
computer screen as frustrating as it was. Oh well...Maybe one day I'll
have 'connections'. :( Haves vs. Have Not.... I'm in the have
not, however, I do my home teaching, magnify my calling, got to church, adopt my
kids, etc.... Anyway... I digress...Glad it was a wonderful
concert. Sounds amazing.
It was a wonderful concert! This has been our family Christmas tradition for
many years now. My father has contributed much to the Church over the years and
is able to procure tickets for all my siblings and our families to attend. The
entertainment was incredible. The concerts get better each year.
I would love it if I were not the only one (Pres. Benson stressed the fact that
even though you are only one, you are still one and have a right to have your
opinion heard) who would love to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir observe a
moment silence before their Music and the Spoken Word broadcast each week and if
political leaders ordered the flag to be flown at half mast every day, and for
each of us to wear white ribbons for those who die each day because of evil and
the nearly 3 thousand innocent unborn children daily denied the right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.