I was there Thursday night and it was spectacular. This year's performance
is by far the best Christmas Concert the choir has put on so far. Truly
remarkable. Now if we could only get them to add more performances next year so
more people can get tickets???
I was there Thursday night as well. What a magnificent event! We
took our two younger children so they could get a bit of culture and they both
thoroughly enjoyed it.I must say the highlight for me was Miss
Voight's singing of The Twelve Days After Christmas. What a treat that
Wow! Deborah Voight was so amazing! Her voice is wonderful. I am so jealous. Her
breathe control was fabulous. I enjoyed the whole program and agree that this is
the best Christmas concert they have done so far.
I've been attending since Angela Landsbury sang and I'm astounded at
the quality of nearly every concert. Deborah Voight nailed it tonight when she
said she's been to amazing venues around the world, with great choruses,
but tonight exceeded those in the venue and the overall performance. I
don't say which is the best because all but one or two have risen to the
heighths of great performances and that's good enough for me. I'm not
missing the Met, LaScala, Covent Garden and the many others I've been to
for tonight was just wonderful. John Rhys Davies... you nailed it. You
weren't over the top. You just made us experience the feeling of one of
those shepherds. Richard Eliot... amazing and musically enthralling. MTC...once
again, rich and full and right on.
@ RockOn...How fortunate you are to have been able to get tickets for every
performance since Angela Landsbury. We've put in for tickets every year,
but haven't been as lucky in the random drawing. And watching it on TV
after the fact just is not the same as a live performance.But, we
were "lucky" this year...first time in several years...and have tickets
for Saturday's performance. It will be a treat!
I saw Ms. Voigt in the Ring Cycle in New York. A stunning presence. It was good
to hear her Thursday night. And Rhys Davies is a charmer, isn't he? What a
Re: RockOnThere are seats reserved every year for family of choir
members, performers, general authorities, and distinguished (more important)
people. The rest of us battle for the remaining seats. I've
tried ever since the lottery started and have come up short every year. To add
salt to the wounds, I have to pay to watch it on DVD...the following year. I have a brother "with connections" who got a couple of tickets
for us at the last minute this year. While the overall concert
didn't compare to last year's, there were bright moments. Richard
Elliot's organ solo was incredible. And the telling of the Dicken's
story was well done. It was fun to watch the cast rapidly changing costumes
between parts. The operatic music wasn't to our taste, but
I'm sure there were some who enjoyed it.
I was at the concert last night with my family. The entire production was
incredible! Elliott's tapdancing on the organ pedals was a highlight. Wish
the camera was showing it to us the whole time.The songs were
wonderful. The rendition of Dicken's story was fantastic. For 90 minutes,
each of my children were enthralled with the best this world has to offer.I'm so glad we finally were drawn for tickets. Needless to say, we
will be putting our name in the hat again for next years concert.
Before any conspiracies erupt further, I'm lucky to have gotten tickets. I
have NEVER won the ticket lottery. I always apply and get nothing. Often I get
them because of friends I know take pity. I also stand in the line for last
minute no-shows. I am astounded at how lucky some folks are. I hear there are
some guidelines like 1) if you get the ticket, use it. They scan them and if
your ticket isn't used, your name will be deleted from future drawings.
2)Only apply once and don't let anyone apply for you. If your name comes up
a second time all orders with your name on them are cancelled. It is
a great show and it is amazing that the LDS Church does such a fantastic event
for the community -- at no charge.
I've been lucky enough to attend this year and last. Although this concert
was great and fun and oh, that organ performance, wow! I must admit, this year
did not top last year's Alfie Boe concert. Honestly, it didn't even
come close. The Charles Dickons story was nice, but not amazing. They flew
through the air. That was fun I guess. Deborah Voigt is so talented. But she
didn't engage the audience like Alfie Boe did last year. I think since I
have something to compare it to, I felt kind of let down. I would have gone
again though. It was free and it was great!
I believe they went to the 'lottery' system for ticket distribution
when people started complaining. It used to be that it was a 1st come, 1st
served deal at the ticket window at 9 a.m. on a given date, which caused a
hardship if not impossibility if you didn't happen to live in or near SLC.
(Not to mention the drop in productivity at the Church Office Building when
employees were on the ticket line from 6 am!)Alert your family,
friends, neighbors, anyone and everyone you can think of, to enter the
'random drawing' in their own names, (even if they have no intention
of attending) and anyone who gets tickets sends them to you. It works.
Unfortunately, we always seem to find a way to cheat the system and make every
attempt to stack the odds in our favor. Asking anyone and everyone to put their
name in so you can get tickets, when they have no intention of attending seems
to be the way in this case. 200,000+ ticket requests already make the odds of
getting tickets very low. We have never gotten tickets yet, but then we only put
in one request for ourselves and expect that most are doing the same. Glad you
all got to go and that you had an enjoyable time. No sour grapes, just thinking
about common courtesy and being fair-minded. We will enjoy it on DVD when it
comes out in a year. At least those living outside of the SLC area have as much
chance to get tickets now instead of the old "box-office-at-9" way of
My only thought when reading the reviews, is why wasn't it available on
BYUTV so those outside of the wasatch front, could enjoy it at home.I loved the
segment in the Tabernacle Choir Program, but had to leave for church and missed
the followup program.
I believe the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is the absolute "ultimate" in
talent, beauty, dedication and brings so much joy to my life. Their voices can
soothe a broken heart, calm a crying baby..nothing can compete with their
incredible talent, dedication and sound.