Singing in the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is such a joy to me, and as we finished a recording session last week with guest artist, Sissel, I snapped a little photo of the empty hall. This is when two of my passions, singing and quilting, briefly collide!
This old Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, where we perform, has amazing acoustics. So amazing that unless there is an audience to absorb the sound of a full orchestra, 360 singers, and a pipe organ with over 11,000 pipes, the reverberation is just too much and the sound gets muddled! We are invited to bring a "blanket" to throw over the pews and help dampen the reverb. And we quilters in the choir love that we can bring our favorite quilts and have our own little private quilt show to enjoy while we're recording.
Even our director took a moment to sit after the broadcast and recording session to unwind and enjoy the quilts. Here's a little sample.
We had to hurry out of there, so the photos are not great - but it was delightful for the few of us.
Afterward, I needed a snapshot of my Ypsilon quilt in the gardens outside the Tabernacle:
Look! The quilt matches the flower bed! Also, the little kids playing in the background!
In a few weeks, it will be time for my retirement from this world-class choir. The past ten years have been filled with amazing, beautiful, delightful, awe-inspiring music, and my heart is filled with joy and gratitude for the privilege of joining my voice with this grand choir.
See last week's episode of Music & the Spoken Word featuring Sissel.