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Debut performance of Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley a success!!!


Please click on the link to read the review above.

I am so impressed by my fellow singers in the Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley. Our debut performance was a great hurdle to get over. It helps us keep something driving us in our rehearsals. It is a milestone that needed to be reached.

Our acappella group has been so much fun for me. And other chorus members have expressed similar sentiments. They say how even if we don’t have many people asking us to perform that they have plenty of fun just in rehearsals. And I agree, it is a LOT of fun to get a group of men together and sing without any instrument accompaniment. When those chords lock in, it brings a tingle to your whole body. I’ve literally had goosebumps during some rehearsals. I hope the other chorus members know how appreciative I am of their dedication and their support.

I love hearing comments from audience members after a performance. I love seeing their faces as they say how much they enjoyed the performance. Their smiles when they describe how glad they are that we performed a specific song. Singing music is a service. While we do sing for the sheer enjoyment of singing ourselves. We also sing to share music with others. Music can change the outcome of a day. It can brighten attitudes. It can leave lasting impressions. It can motivate. And we love it when our music has touched those we share it with.

I am excited to start working on new material with the Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley (MACCV). We will begin preparing for Christmas concerts in December and we will also work a few new pieces to add to our repertoire.

Thanks again to those who attended our debut performance!

 

The Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley had their debut performance Sunday night, July 22 in the Kent Concert at USU.

Here is a link to the announcement we posted for this concert: http://bit.ly/KDUj5s

The performance went extremely well! From estimates given by USU Alumni Band members based on performances that last few weeks, we only expected around 30 people to show up. Add on the fact that the concert was moved from the lawn of the Quad on the east side of Old Main building to instead be held in the Kent Concert Hall, and it was actually surprising to see such a huge turn out. The Kent Concert Hall holds 2168 people, and we believe the venue was over half full if not 2/3 full. We were definitely very enthused to have such a large audience for our debut performance. And we are very appreciative to the…

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Review: Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Guest performers Nathan Gunn & Jane Seymour from Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011


Sunday, December 18, 2011, my wife, her mother, her Uncle, and I attended the Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert. Their guest performers were soloist Nathan Gunn and actress Jane Seymour, who did the narration.

The concert was quite delightful. The stage was decorated wonderfully. There were wonderful technical effects to enhance the experience such as falling imitation snow during the story and song of Good King Winceslas, lighting up of the organ during songs, and other visual effects. Both Nathan Gunn and Jane Seymour gave marvelous performances. Nathan Gunn was very candid and “down to earth”. He put forth a noticeable effort to befriend the audience. Personally, I appreciate when any performer can do this. Especially one with the notoriety of Nathan Gunn. Many such performers give off the air of being too important and “inaccessible” to the audience. Jane Seymour’s narration blended well with the rest of the performance and brought a warmth to the event.

The Choir, themselves, sang wonderfully as usual and as expected. However, I do have some constructive criticism about the program as a whole. First, it seemed that the initial 2 or 3 songs by the Choir did not have correct audio settings to broadcast on the speakers. It seemed that we could only hear the Tenors and not the other parts. If this was the problem, then it also seems they were able to get this issue fixed after a few songs, for we were able to hear the entire choir perfectly after a few songs.

Secondly, I for one enjoy the addition of a non-tradition or less well-known Christmas song or two. But there seemed to be an abundance of these songs throughout the night. I am familiar with a large quantity of Christmas songs. I grew up listening to songs that the common person would no know. But there were a decent amount of songs I had never heard in any form before. This would not be a problem if the performance were balanced out with recognizable songs to keep the audience interested. But it appeared that the unknown songs took up at least half of the performance. This is ok and they were fun to listen to, but in my opinion, people go to hear the Choir sing Christmas classics that they know.

Lastly, and most importantly, it did not seem like a “Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert with guest singers”, but rather the Choir backing up Nathan Gunn with a couple performances where they were the main part. This really disappointed me being that I expected near half of the performance or more to feature the Choir as the main performer. After all it IS the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s concert is it not? So shouldn’t they be featured the most, rather than acting as a backup act?

I did not get a chance to attend the Christmas concert a few years ago when the King’s Singers were the guest artists, but I have seen various parts of recorded material from the concert. And it seems there was a much better job done of featuring the Choir with the King’s Singers being the guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And I am a HUGE fan of the King’s Singers. But I thought it was appropriate for them to be the “additional” act instead of upstaging the Choir.

I am still very glad we were able to attend. As I said, Good King Winceslas is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and they did a wonderful job narrating the complete story of the song. They really brought me the Christmas mood with that one. These are just some thoughts that I had of the overall performance. Let me know what your thoughts are.

Here is Blair Howell’s (Deseret News) review of the concert series: http://bit.ly/sGClNv
And here is Ed Reichel’s (www.reichelrecommends.com) review of the concert series: http://bit.ly/sZMCP5

And I just found another article by Blair Howell introducing Nathan Gunn and his preparation for his performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: http://bit.ly/vZXvHh 

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