On this most important of all Christian holidays, it nice to see the LDS choir
participating in the Easter celebration.
I'm glad the choir is putting on this performance. I wish the Church placed
more emphasis on Easter, it being the most important holiday in Christendom. A
step in the right direction.
This gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!Definitely an event
of epic proportions! I hope I can get a couple of tickets, if not I will tune in
Please arrange to have this broadcast nationally, so we can share it with our
friends and not just watch it over the internet on BYU-TV. (Will it be broadcast
over BYU TV?)
In reality, Easter is remembered each week at sacrament meeting with the
offering of the sacramental prayers and the serving of the emblems of the
Lord's atoning sacrifice. Admittedly, in our hurried world we may not
pause with reverence sufficient to make that connection. Some verses of the
most sublime sacramental hymns are frequently not sung. Consider these lines
from verse five of Eliza R. Snow's "Behold, the Great Redeemer
Die"He died, and at the awful sightThe sun in shame withdrew its
light!Earth trembled, and all nature sighedIn dread response, "A
God has died!" Clearly, I am pleased that Tabernacle Choir will sing
the Messiah at Easter. That concert should remind us to an even greater degree
that the atoning sacrifice and resurrection is central to the theology of all
I might just crawl upon broken glass for the chance to hear the choir perform
the entire Messiah live...one of the potential cultural experiences of a
I have the copy of the Choir's Messiah performance from the 1960s on my
iPod and I listen to it frequently. It is very inspiring and I love the music.
I appreciate Allen's insight into celebrating Easter weekly. With all due
respect for Christmas and the joy associated with it, Easter actually seems like
the more significant holiday; that Jesus was born is a given, it's not
arguable. That He performed the Atonement and was ressurrected is where it all
really hinges.So significant, in fact, that I guess we -do-
celebrate it to a small degree every single week. It'd be too much to
squeeze into one single day.
Please broadcast it and consider getting it on Public TV. We all want to see it!
And D-News: keep us informed on whether this is broadcast. I agree
with the above posters that this is something that should be shared outside
I ho[pe they use the Schirmer edition as they did when they recorded Messiah
with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Philharmonic. The last recording with RPO or
LPO (I forget which) did not, and was, in my opinion, anemic, since the scoring
used less instrumentation, notably brass. Too much strings.
This is fabulous, a classic idea. I hope to post the vido on FB for my friends.
My area does not have BYU-TV. So sad. But hopefully the internet makes it
possible for me to see the concert "live".
I echo the comments made by others. Please, please, please, please, PLEASE
broadcast this over ByuTV so the rest of the world can hear it.
The choir recorded The Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchesrta in the late 60s
or early 70s, but it will be the first for the Orchestra on Temple Square and
One Christmas, several years ago, my wife and I attended the concert, at the
Tabernacle. It was a great performance, I was disappointed at the end, when
they had not preformed Hollowou Course Handel's "messiah," but they
redeemed themselves by doing it is an encore. While this is appropriate for
both Christmas and Easter, hearing it preformed was like hearing the best
Christmas Carol, preformed by the best Choir, and the best place. Those not
familiar with the construction of the Tabernacle, should see the following, as
the Tabernacle has amazing acoustics. Do a search, on wiki, for Salt Lake
Tabernacle, as this form will not allow me to place a link.
You can get a sneak preview of this concert by listening to the new mini-album
just released by the Choir. It is a collection of Easter music called He is
Risen and is available for download from iTunes and Deseret Book. The final
track is a new recording of Worthy is the Lamb/Amen chorus, which will give you
a taste of what Dr. Wilburg has in store for this Messiah performance. The album
will also be available on CD in a few weeks' time.
Would have loved to have had a chance at tickets but I just got off the website
and the tickets are all gone. They did not distribute the tickets by
registration and then random selection this time like they do for the Christmas
Concerts. It was first come first serve. I am very disappointed. This would
have been a great experience.
I was in within the first 10 minutes and no seats were available, 4, 3, 2, 1. I
tried multiple times, refreshing, getting out of the browser, etc. I don't
know who the first 10,000 people were in the first 5 minutes, but consider
One more voice crying from the wilderness, outside of the Zion Curtain. PLEASE
The Oratorio Society of Utah used to perform Messiah every year at Christmas
time in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The Society had a 300 member chorus and a
small orchestra made up of Utah Symphony muscians. They would also bring in
world renown soloists and a guest conductor. The performances always filled the
Tabernacle and were fantastic. One year in the early '70's the
performance was taped and broadcast on PBS. It had a reputation as being one of
the best in the nation. I remember as a small boy my mother taking me to
performances on Sunday afternoon. Later, the performances were moved to Friday
and Saturday nights always around Christmas time. Then, for some reason, the
Society was no longer granted use of the Tabernacle. The Society still puts on
a performance of Messiah every Christmas but it is hardly noticed on the local
scene anymore. I still attend these performances but the ones from yesteryear
were truly marvelous.
Strange that the 'big deal' with Jesus Christ is Christmas because
everyone gets presents; however, the biggest present of all was not the birth of
Christ but his death, which we celebrate as Easter. It was that cataclysmic
event that enabled our eternal salvation from sin, in which we deserve death,
but our Lord took our place, now like Him, we have eternal life when in fact we
deserved eternal death. Although grateful for his first coming, it is His death
that enriches our lives, pardons our transgression and with Him, give eternal
life. 'It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life.' For this, we should fall to our knees.
I sure hope that it is straight-up "Handel's Messiah", without alot
of "tinkering" that the Choir and Orchestra have become famous for, in
the last decade or so. Too many "embellishments" spoil what
could be the height of overwhelming inspiration and awe. I sometimes
feel like shouting that "emperor hath no clothes" when others exclaim
that an "over-worked" arrangement is the best they've ever
witnessed! Sure, I understand the work that goes into such an undertaking, but
sometimes it is just best to the leave the arrangement alone, and to do the best
job ever at performing it.I pray that it is so with this concert.
Got my tickets!I didn't read the article closely and discovered
later that this is to be performed in the Tabernacle. Well I suppose those 2
hard seats will have to do! Lucky I thought to 'register' at 10am.
Sorry for those that thought this was the usual 'lottery'.I do hope that the decision to broadcast one of the performances is
Comments about the Church not emphasizing Easter enough: I agree. I'm
always a little sad that on Easter Sundays, tho sometimes the SM talks are about
Easter, RS and SS lessons generally are not. And Palm Sunday? NEVER a mention.
We want the world to know how Christian we are, but non-member visitors to our
meetings might wonder -- especially on this most-important celebration of the
Savior's life. Just has always seemed odd to me . . .
@portlander-What "tinkering" are you referring to? Just new
arrangements of hymns? Would you prefer they just sing straight from the hymn
book? Don't worry, Mack Wilberg is not going to re-arrange Messiah.
@ portlander and Pitt ManWhich "straight" arrangement are
you talking about? Handel performed with a small orchestra and small chorus.
There have been several arrangements since. I believe you are talking more
about embellishments than arrangements. It's obvious that there will have
to be some arranging done to accomodate the full choir and large orchestra that
makes up MoTab and the Orchestra on Temple Square. I have no doubt everyone will
come away fully swayed by the performance.The old recording by MoTab was
slow. Robert Shaw did a much better job in the 70's. I am looking forward
to a great performance.
That song makes much more sense to be performed at Easter than at Christmas
Not enough tickets to go around. =(