British actor John Rhys-Davies 'flies' during Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

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  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Dec. 17, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    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.

  • bjdoc Boise, Idaho
    Dec. 16, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    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.

  • ltngroup Vernal, UT
    Dec. 16, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    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 doing things.

  • kathybeebee Ephrata, WA
    Dec. 16, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    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.

  • flaxen Draper, UT
    Dec. 15, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    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!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    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.

  • Charles S Freedomville, AZ
    Dec. 14, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Re: RockOn

    There 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.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Dec. 14, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    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 voice.

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    @ 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!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 14, 2013 12:38 a.m.

    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.

  • Laura Ann Layton, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    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.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    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 was!

  • DrGroovey Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    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???