Bitter, sweet night for Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Christmas concert

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  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    kathybeebee; Veritcal Vatican? how tacky!

  • kathybeebee Ephrata, WA
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    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.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    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!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    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.

  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    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.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 17, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    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.

  • EmmaMarie Allen, TX
    Dec. 17, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    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 only
    fair 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 is
    put your name in the second the lottery opens and then put all dates available. Sorry
    you 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 be
    more kind in your thoughts about who gets and who doesn't. We are all equal in the
    sight of God.

  • BH Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 6:20 p.m.


    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.

  • cami Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    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.

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    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!

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    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 solo too!

  • ldrake50 WVC, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    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!

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 16, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    I've lost every lottery as well. Makes you wonder who (if anyone) is attending.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    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 M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 11:35 p.m.

    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.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 11:32 p.m.

    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.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    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.

  • classicalmusiclovers Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    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.

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    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.