My boss was disappointed that he didn't get to see me playing the organ on campus Thursday night. I told him not to worry as I was playing again Saturday at the Tabernacle.
His eyes went as big as saucers for one brief moment before he said, "Oh, the St George Tabernacle. -- I was going to be impressed if it was the SLC Tabernacle on conference weekend."
We laughed and laughed.
Anyway, here I am playing at the St George Tabernacle, which has a wonderful pipe organ. It made an impression on JoJo (Jack) who said, "Why don't more people learn to play the organ -- that is a really cool historic instrument."
The Southwest Fretted Strings also played on Saturday.
The Bach Festival people are amazing. They were so very kind to us even though we were sharing the stage with the likes of the Southwest Symphony Strings and Choral. I am posting the first movement of the contata they did. The best part of participating in the Bach festival is experiencing the music.
It is part of my soap box belief that music belongs to the people and not to an "elite few". It's important that we all make a noise in this world. So to see community members pull together and take time away from raising their families and eeking out their livings to create such beautiful music -- that is something I want my family to witness.
And after watching that, I hope you are all jealous that you don't live in Sunny St George! But if that's not enough to convince you -- the Bach Festival runs for five days.
I went to the Trinity Lutheran church Sunday night to check out day four. Joe (I mean Jack) and I went specifically to check out the woodwind quintet and they did not disappoint. Below is their rendition of a four part fugue (in G minor) played by five instruments.