Lyric soprano, Alexandra Dalman from Sydney, has always dreamed of singing with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Sydney Latter-day Saint began singing in choirs when she was eight.
“The possibility of performing with MoTab and being Australian, I always thought was near impossible," said Alexandra.
Living so far from the Choir’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah, made her dream seem an impossibility until recently when Alexandra learned about the Choir’s open invitation to join its world-wide Easter event and online production of Handel’s Messiah.
Alexandra was the soprano soloist and choir director for a recent performance of Handel's Messiah in Sydney.
She and 45 other singers spent three months practicing for the highly successful event which was held in three venues last December.
Little did she know this experience would prepare her for her next big event.
“As a performer, I was ready to move on to my next project,” said Alexandra.
“When I heard about this opportunity, I jumped at the chance.”
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir invited singers everywhere to join in the first part of its Easter Season event by uploading a video of themselves singing the Hallelujah Chorus, the centrepiece of Handel’s Messiah. Alexandra responded with her YouTube clip.
“I am thrilled to perform with the Mo-Tab choir in this historic event. It is a dream come true.”
A video montage of submissions from around the world, blended with music from the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, will be released Monday 14 March. It can be viewed at virtualchoir.mormon.org.
Soon after the online montage of the Hallelujah Chorus is released, the main Easter event takes place.
On Saturday, 26 March at 1:00 pm (AEDT) the Choir will host Messiah Sing, which will allow accomplished and not so accomplished singers to sing the Messiah in its entirety along with the Choir.
The Choir will perform Messiah and stream it live across the world via the Internet to individuals, families, choirs of all sizes, and congregations of worshipers of all faiths, who can join in from wherever they choose to meet. It will also be available via live satellite broadcast to Latter-day Saint meetinghouses in Australia.
Thousands are expected to participate. Those that do can sing-a-long (lyrics provided) or just enjoy the live stream as a concert.
The Choir’s performance will include the seldom-heard Easter portion of Messiah. The Oratorio is most often associated with Christmas, but covers the complete life of Christ from birth to death and resurrection and includes what many consider the most glorious music of the whole piece, such as "Worthy is the Lamb" and the "Amen Chorus."
Participants in the Messiah Sing are invited to share photos during and after the event using hashtag #MessiahLive.
Four hours after the Messiah Sing begins, it will be available for replay on demand for those individuals and groups who cannot participate in the live event.
Speaking of the world-wide virtual event, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett said, “This is a wonderful way to celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ with Christians of the world.”
Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day Saints believe in the reality of Jesus Christ and His resurrection and celebrate Easter, through word and song, along with other Christians everywhere.