Last year tenor Alfie Boe and broadcaster Tom Brokaw joined the choir for a spectacular concert celebrating home. I heard it was an event to remember for all who were lucky enough to attend. I read news articles, scanned photos, and lapped up anything I could find about the concert wishing the whole time I could have gone.
Thankfully the Mormon Tabernacle Choir records the concert and releases it the next year for all of us to enjoy. I was sent a copy to review and, wow, does it ever live up to accolades it received! The music is exquisite.
I cried during this song. So beautiful. So powerful.
Tom Brokaw told the story of The Candy Bomber, Col. Gail Halvorsen (remember the mini unit study I posted about him?). And I cried again watching children on stage act out watching bombers fly over head as they stand behind barb-wire fences looking for the special plane that will send candy their way. There is a delightful surprise as the story ends!
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings wonderful arrangements of beloved Christmas songs. Right after "Bring Him Home" they sang one of my grandmother's favorite songs, a Catalan carol called "What Shall We Give? "My grandfather would sing it to us every Christmas in Catalan.
Deseret Book is giving away a Home for the Holidays DVD and Home for the Holidays CD - one winner for each! To enter the giveaway leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas song to listen to. Giveaway will end Friday at 5pm PST.
You can also watch the concert on your local PBS station! Check here for broadcast times. Tuesday, December 10th is the first showing.
And this post gives some Christmas Concert trivia that is fun to read.