Sorry but I saw this concert and it was not impressive. It seems like the
"Pioneer Day" concert has become less and less about pioneers. I think
the only reference to pioneers was when the choir sang come come ye saints but
that was it.
I was there too, last night. I wasn't aware it was supposed to be all about
pioneers. I imagine if it were focused solely on pioneers year after year,
it'd become rather monotonous. Only so much you can do with that . . .Instead, I saw it as a party to celebrate that we're in Utah at a
great time. Having lived outside of the state for many years, I was happy to
attend my first MoTab concert. I don't care what they do or who they
invite--it'll always be amazing.
@JP71Do you also think the Vienna Philharmonic's famed New
Year's Concert should only include music about New Year's Day?
It's hard to understand why you would say the performance last night
wasn't "impressive" merely because the music wasn't all about
the pioneers. And carping on the repertory choice doesn't change the fact
that the performances were all-round fantastic (especially, for me, the organ
concerto--I was totally blown away!) The Choir's recent Pioneer
Day concerts have not been solely, or even primarily, about the Utah pioneers.
It's more an opportunity for them to offer what they do best--great music
with great messages--to the people of Utah in celebration of an important day.
But if you were expecting everyone to dress up in bonnets and pinafores and sing
"Pioneer Children" over and over, then you should have gone to a
different concert. But then, if you had tickets to last night's
performance, you already knew it wasn't going to be like that,so your
*faux* disappointment seems a bit disingenuous.
JP71, you don't remember them singing They, the Builders of the Nation? As
the program said, it was a "Summer Evening of Music." All of us, ages
19 to 86, enjoyed it greatly.
JP71,Perhaps you believe a song must spell things out with words
like "pioneer" to celebrate pioneers. Many people understand and relate
to phrases like "pressing forward through hard times" more than they do
to the word "pioneer".It's just like a parable. They
establish greater understanding through communicating via concepts we already
understand.How specific a message is has no bearing on its
importance. And if we refrain from hearing a message because it's not in a
format we would like, we'd be refusing a lot of good things, perhaps even
things we need to have.Pioneer day means different things to
different people. What matters most is the quality of the message and that it is
understood. What is most important to me about Pioneer day is not celebrating
Brigham Young's arrival, and not even why he arrived, but mostly the
meaning behind why he arrived AS it applies to me today.We are free
to live and worship as we please. That's the whole reason why Utah is what
it is. Without it, we wouldn't be Utah, this wouldn't be my Zion,
etc.For me, Utah unequivocally means Freedom.
What is the point of having a Pioneer Day if we don't celebrate the
sacrifice of the pioneers. To say that we don't need to talk about the
pioneers on "Pioneer Day" is like saying we don't need to listen to
the national, honor veterans, and watch fire works on the 4th of July. I have
watched every Pioneer Day concert for many years and it has consistently gotten
off message. I don't think the pioneers were singing Italian opera as they
crossed the plains. If this is the only Pioneer Day concert you have seen I can
see why you would think it was great. I am not the only one that thinks so and
I will leave it at that.
The concert was amazing, and very Pioneer.
JP71,I share your desire for a celebration that honors the Pioneers
and their struggles.What I do not share is the critical and negative
view of others. Hard working, honest, and good people put a lot into these
celebrations and just as good people love them. They have done no disservice to
the memory of the Pioneers. Contending about this trivial issue certainly does a
disservice to their memory.I hope you have a happy 24th. If you
celebrate it your own way, all power to you. But please respect others who
celebrate differently than you do.
Great concert. The Rossini was superb! Congrats to the MoTabs and the Orchestra
on that one. Enjoyed the guest artists. And Bro. Elliot on the organ tocata
concerto--HOLY SMOKES!!! That was incredible.
JP71, I saw the concert as well and it was very impressive. The talent was
outstanding and, I thought, showcased how far we've come from those humble
beginnings in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.
WOW!!! That covers it.
I LOVED the concert. Lindsey is so whimsical and fun. I had not heard of Nathan
Pacheco before the concert, but I am a huge fan now. The whole thing was great,
and I was sad to see it end so soon.