Monday, February 13, 2012
So, we totally lucked out on Saturday when Trent & Rachel asked us to go to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with them. They ended up having 2 extra tickets and let us fill in. This was only my 2nd time seeing the choir live, and it was Mitch's 1st time. Apparently it was the Mo-Tab's 2nd time EVER in Arizona. Good thing Arizona is turning 100 tomorrow so that we could have a fun celebration. We pretty much had the best seats in the house. We were at the perfect range to get the the right sound mixing + the choir's natural sound coming towards us--my dad understands what that means, because it's a big deal to him, and the trio to have the right seating for the right sound mix at any concert. : ) We also had awesome seats because of Trent's skills at the ticket booth. There was a mix up with the tickets and the Blake's ALMOST got jipped by getting nose-bleed seating even though they paid for a lower section, but the ticket booth was very accommodating and fixed the issue by giving us PERFECT seats! We were only 4 rows up from the ground level, so we could see unobstructed past everyone's heads, and had a full view of the choir and orchestra. The concert was great; I'm so glad we got to go for our early Valentine's date. We ate at Pei Wei beforehand which meant I got crab wontons all to myself + we had excellent company. We also ate dinner with Scott & Laurie, but I didn't take a picture until later.
My favorite parts of the performance included Alex Boye's solo on "Down to the River to Pray" (he sang each note with clarity and passion). I also loved hearing "Come, Come, Ye Saints" live, and apparently my baby LOVED "Battle Hymn of the Republic", because he was kicking throughout the ENTIRE song. So cute! I also loved the Gershwin organ solo of "I've Got Rhythm". Never in my life have I seen the organ played that way...I will probably never see something that amazing on the organ again. I don't know how anyone can play differing rhythms and melodies between their hands AND simultaneously play a foot pedal line, too. His whole body was in motion and the result was awesome.
Thanks, Trent & Rachel! We had an awesome time and loved the Mo-Tab & Orchestra!