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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Musical Interlude

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

A wonderful song with an interesting historical background (hat tip to Bunkerville):


  1. It's always a joy to hear The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in action. They have a long tradition of excellence in musical presentation -- and you can tell by the faces of the singers that their faith is strong and sincere. THeir work goes beyond mere professionalism.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely video, AOW.

    Personally, however, I could he done with a lot more singing and a lot less introduction.

    All the best for Christmas and the New year!

    ~ FreeThinke

  2. Hey! I just learned we can also see Angela Lansbury looking beautiful in a deep crimson gown reading a charming Christmas story as only she could -- and many other riches as well.

    This video is a treasure.

    I'll be back to enjoy more as The Season progresses.

    Thanks again, AOW.

    ~ FreeThinke

  3. FreeThinke,
    Glad that you enjoyed this video.

    The Mormon Tabernacle is a big choir, yet their diction isn't muddy. Quite an accomplishment that requires great dedication.

    I wasn't aware that Lansbury had such a reading available. On YouTube?

  4. Hello again, AOW,

    I just discovered this exceptional performance by soprano Lynne Dawson of Rejoice Greatly, also Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind Be Opened, And He Shall feed His Flock from Messiah. I hope you and other enjoy it.


    There are so many great riches on YouTube it makes you realize the world can't be anywhere near as bad as the shenanigans of politicians make us think it is.

    God's Love is everywhere around us, all we need do is reach out for it.

    ~ FreeThinke

  5. FreeThinke,
    I have a special place in my heart for "He Shall Feed His Flock."

    Years ago, when I was auditioning for membership in a very prestigious choir in Washington, D.C., at only 13 years of age at the insistence of my voice teacher, I used that piece for my audition.

    My usage of that piece was somewhat of an accident.

    I passed the intervals portion of the audition with no problem.

    Then, the director got to the portion about choral sections. I flubbed up badly and missed my entrance at least three times.

    At that point, the director said to me, "Well, then, what ARE you going to sing for me?"

    I replied, "'He Shall Feed His Flock.'"

    Several in the room tittered. The director silenced them with a glare.

    Then, he played the introduction to that aria, and I performed it flawlessly -- just as my voice teacher had taught me.

    Yes, I got into the choir. Only one out of four who auditioned managed to achieve that status.

    I remained a member of that choir until I began college.

    And what a world of classical music I discovered! My parents took me to every rehearsal and performance, and they discovered the joys of classical choral music right along with me. Wonderful times!

    As a member of the alto section of that choir, I had the privilege of performing in wonderful places with the choir. Including at the National Cathedral!

    I also managed to get a new voice teacher -- a famous opera singer who "specialized" in "He Shall Feed His Flock."

  6. Thanks for the link. I as well sang a number of Handel's works in our Church choir. I am looking forward to tomorrow.


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