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July 22, 2018 - #4636 Music and the Spoken Word

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Music

Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell
Special Guests: Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly

“My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“I Whistle a Happy Tune” from The King and I
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Sam Cardon

 “I Have Dreamed” from The King and I
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Guests: Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly

“Wedding Processional” from The Sound of Music (Organ solo)
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Richard Elliott and Garrett Breeze

“They, the Builders of the Nation”1,3
Music: Alfred M. Durham
Lyrics: Ida R. Alldredge
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“You’ll Never Walk Alone”2,3 from Carousel
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris
Guests: Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly

  1. On the CD Spirit of America
  2. On the CD Showtime!
  3. In the CD set Encore Collection.


The Spoken Word

“A Destination in Mind”

The Choir and Orchestra have performed the music of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein—two American artists and pioneers of musical theater.

Good artists do make good pioneers. They share an essential trait: the ability to forge ahead to a destination others cannot see. Consider the example of Carl Christensen. In 1857, Carl and his new bride Elise wanted to gather in the western United States with fellow believers in their newfound faith. To the Christensens, this meant sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, traveling by rail from New York City to Iowa, and then setting out for the Utah Territory by handcart.

Years later, Carl—better known as C.C.A. Christensen—tried to capture his experiences in artwork. His paintings are beloved today for their simple yet emotional portrayal of the remarkable pioneer journey he knew so well: the natural wonder of the landscape, the daily routines of the pioneers, their hardship and suffering, as well as their joy and hope. These were not imagined or secondhand depictions. Christensen could paint these things because he lived them, as he pushed and pulled his own handcart more than a thousand miles across the wide, desolate, yet beautiful American West.

It was a trek made sacred by sacrifice. At the trailhead in Iowa City, Carl wrote of what he called “our first trials”: “We had to give up books.” He explained, “We were only allowed to take fifteen pounds in weight for each person who was to travel with the handcarts, and that included our tinware for eating, bedding, and any clothing we did not wish to carry ourselves.”[i] Life for the pioneers had to be reduced to only the essentials for survival. Books were a luxury they couldn’t afford. And then, once they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the hardships did not end. They began another journey: the journey of building new lives in a new land.

Carl and Elise could have stayed in Europe, where life was, in many ways, more comfortable and established. But they had a destination in mind that meant more to them than physical comfort, and their faith drove them forward in spite of hardships.

Our journeys today are no different. We don’t pull handcarts, but we too have a destination in mind—a place of peace, a haven of happiness, a home among companions and friends. It will require sacrifice, we may have to give up some nonessentials, but that’s what makes a journey sacred and beautiful—even a work of art.

 

[i] In Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Their Faces toward Zion: Voices and Images of the Trek West (1996), 179.