Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I've been singing "Gloria" with Lex de Azevedo for 10 years now. I was on the original recording back in 1998. I sang in the live concert in Jerusalem in 1999. And I've continued to sing it year after year, at many different venues, different towns and states. And yet, every time I sing it, even though I know the music like the back of my hand, I always find something new. There are so many layers to this music. I think that Lex de Azevedo is a hugely talented and inspired man and I feel honored to be a part of this music. This year we are singing at the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City. We've sung this oratorio about the life of Christ at Abravanel Hall and the Rose Wagner Theatre in Salt Lake. We've sung it at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles. We've sung it in Jerusalem. We've sung it at BYU, at Weber State, at Utah State, at Ricks College (back before it was BYU Idaho :) ). But the past couple of years we've been singing it in smaller churches. Lex has decided that he likes the more intimate feeling of a smaller venue. Plus, he feels like it's more appropriate to perform this type of music in a church setting. This Methodist church is a beautiful place. The soloists are absolutely amazing...George Dyer, Greg Pearson, Mindy Smoot, Catherine Stambaugh. It should be a wonderful concert and I'm hugely looking forward to being a part of it again. If you want an evening of gorgeous, uplifting, spirit-filled music....this would be a good choice.