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Published: Saturday, July 20 2013 8:15 a.m. MDT

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JP71
Ogden, UT

Sorry but I saw this concert and it was not impressive. It seems like the "Pioneer Day" concert has become less and less about pioneers. I think the only reference to pioneers was when the choir sang come come ye saints but that was it.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

I was there too, last night. I wasn't aware it was supposed to be all about pioneers. I imagine if it were focused solely on pioneers year after year, it'd become rather monotonous. Only so much you can do with that . . .

Instead, I saw it as a party to celebrate that we're in Utah at a great time. Having lived outside of the state for many years, I was happy to attend my first MoTab concert. I don't care what they do or who they invite--it'll always be amazing.

BooBoo
Orem, UT

@JP71

Do you also think the Vienna Philharmonic's famed New Year's Concert should only include music about New Year's Day? It's hard to understand why you would say the performance last night wasn't "impressive" merely because the music wasn't all about the pioneers. And carping on the repertory choice doesn't change the fact that the performances were all-round fantastic (especially, for me, the organ concerto--I was totally blown away!)

The Choir's recent Pioneer Day concerts have not been solely, or even primarily, about the Utah pioneers. It's more an opportunity for them to offer what they do best--great music with great messages--to the people of Utah in celebration of an important day. But if you were expecting everyone to dress up in bonnets and pinafores and sing "Pioneer Children" over and over, then you should have gone to a different concert. But then, if you had tickets to last night's performance, you already knew it wasn't going to be like that,so your *faux* disappointment seems a bit disingenuous.

Francie
Holladay, UT

JP71, you don't remember them singing They, the Builders of the Nation? As the program said, it was a "Summer Evening of Music." All of us, ages 19 to 86, enjoyed it greatly.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

JP71,

Perhaps you believe a song must spell things out with words like "pioneer" to celebrate pioneers. Many people understand and relate to phrases like "pressing forward through hard times" more than they do to the word "pioneer".

It's just like a parable. They establish greater understanding through communicating via concepts we already understand.

How specific a message is has no bearing on its importance. And if we refrain from hearing a message because it's not in a format we would like, we'd be refusing a lot of good things, perhaps even things we need to have.

Pioneer day means different things to different people. What matters most is the quality of the message and that it is understood. What is most important to me about Pioneer day is not celebrating Brigham Young's arrival, and not even why he arrived, but mostly the meaning behind why he arrived AS it applies to me today.

We are free to live and worship as we please. That's the whole reason why Utah is what it is. Without it, we wouldn't be Utah, this wouldn't be my Zion, etc.

For me, Utah unequivocally means Freedom.

JP71
Ogden, UT

What is the point of having a Pioneer Day if we don't celebrate the sacrifice of the pioneers. To say that we don't need to talk about the pioneers on "Pioneer Day" is like saying we don't need to listen to the national, honor veterans, and watch fire works on the 4th of July. I have watched every Pioneer Day concert for many years and it has consistently gotten off message. I don't think the pioneers were singing Italian opera as they crossed the plains. If this is the only Pioneer Day concert you have seen I can see why you would think it was great. I am not the only one that thinks so and I will leave it at that.

netjes
Grand Rapids, MI

The concert was amazing, and very Pioneer.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

JP71,

I share your desire for a celebration that honors the Pioneers and their struggles.

What I do not share is the critical and negative view of others. Hard working, honest, and good people put a lot into these celebrations and just as good people love them. They have done no disservice to the memory of the Pioneers. Contending about this trivial issue certainly does a disservice to their memory.

I hope you have a happy 24th. If you celebrate it your own way, all power to you. But please respect others who celebrate differently than you do.

bw00ds
Tucson, AZ

Great concert. The Rossini was superb! Congrats to the MoTabs and the Orchestra on that one. Enjoyed the guest artists. And Bro. Elliot on the organ tocata concerto--HOLY SMOKES!!! That was incredible.

uncommonsense
CENTERVILLE, UT

JP71, I saw the concert as well and it was very impressive. The talent was outstanding and, I thought, showcased how far we've come from those humble beginnings in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

grip
Meridian, ID

WOW!!! That covers it.

Mormon Wookiee
Riverton, UT

I LOVED the concert. Lindsey is so whimsical and fun. I had not heard of Nathan Pacheco before the concert, but I am a huge fan now. The whole thing was great, and I was sad to see it end so soon.

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