That is the only way to describe the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert.
On Friday night I got to see it live again this year, and I was blown away, again.
Even if you’re in the nosebleed seats, which we were, there is something about being in the atmosphere of the conference center all decked out for Christmas with the choir, orchestra, dancers, organ, special guest soloist and storyteller—and the prophet in attendance too—that is absolutely magical!
The guest soloist was British tenor Alfie Boe, whose rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables was exquisite. I especially liked when he finished introducing himself and he said, “I’ll now do a medley of Led Zeppelin songs for you.” That got a bunch of stuffy Mormons’ attention.
The organ solo of Sleigh Ride by Richard Elliot was killer too. That guy can wail on the organ! Who knew playing the organ could be so cool?
The whole production was steller, but one part of the program even brought me to tears.
NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was the narrator this year and he told the story of “The Candy Bomber” or “The Chocolate Pilot” or “Uncle Wiggly Wings” as he is known by all these names, from World War II. As Tom told the story of the pilot who selflessly began a program to drop candy bars and gum with small parachutes from his plane to the children of war-torn Europe, actual black and white movie footage was projected on a white fabric screen that hung from the conference center ceiling. Upon finishing the story, the screen floated down to reveal “The Candy Bomber” himself, 92-year old Colonel Gail Halvorsen standing on the stage.
Tiny white parachutes floated down from the ceiling into the audience as the sweet pilot waved.
I couldn’t help it.
Colonel Halvorsen represents the true spirit of giving, which is what Christmas is all about.
Thanks to you Macky D, the Mo Tab and the TS Orch! And to you Alfie and Tom! And especially to you, “Uncle Wiggly Wings.”
You made my Christmas.