Monday, December 12, 2011

Wondrous Christmas Music

One thing I love about the Christmas season is the glorious music we can sing and listen to. And the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is right up there, especially their annual Christmas concert. Oh how I would love to attend one of these live--Suzanne tried to get tickets this year for my birthday, but no luck. I'll have to content myself with getting and watching the DVDs.

Here are a few of my favorites, leading off with perhaps my all time favorite:

Here is the opening processional from a few years ago. If this doesn't get the energy flowing I don't know what will:

This one took a few listenings to grab me, so hang with it. About 2:30 it really kicks up a notch:

The finale "Angels from the Realms of Glory" from last year's concert (Miriam and Magdalena should enjoy the dancers):

The same finale from the prior year. Note the choir member with tears at 4:02. I can only imagine how powerful this rendition is live:

Mack Wilberg, the arranger for these selections, is my all time hero. I love pretty much everything he has a hand in.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and Merry Christmas!

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