Monday, December 21, 2009
MT VERNON STAKE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
We attended the Christmas Musical program for the Mt. Vernon Stake. It was just fantastic. It was advertised as "an Evening of Fine Musical Performances as we Honor and Celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ through the gift of Music." And it was completely professional. There is a Hand Bell Choir in the stake that plays all over the area and they were exceptional. There were trumpets that sounded like they were announcing the events. A french horn and flutes played Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Reed Flutes from the Nutcracker. Amazing. There were violins and great pianists. And lots of incredible vocalists. There were probably 1000 people in attendance. We had a wonderful time. There is an incredible amount of musical talent in this area. Culture and the arts are encouraged and most people put emphasis on learning musical instruments. The primary children's programs that we saw were also filled with talent. In one ward about 6 different children accompanied the songs. Music is such a powerful tool for creating a spiritual experience and it just makes the holidays feel right.