Deborah Voight also was visibly moved by her experience singing with the choir. She told us time and again how much she enjoyed being with us. But then when we said goodbye by singing "God Be With You 'til We Meet Again," her eyes welled up with tears and she began sobbing. Many of us also sobbed through the singing. Sometimes the Spirit is so strong that even tough "performer's" hearts are softened. We love to see the Spirit work in the hearts of our Guest Artists. We see it time and time again.
But without a doubt the most magical surprise of the concert was Rick Elliott's organ performance. He did his own arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with passages of great Russian orchestral works from Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky and others in the mix. The pivotal point, of course, was when he played "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" on the pedals with his feet. It brought the audience to a standing ovation with thunderous applause and whistles of admiration!
The entire evening was filled with magical surprises! This concert will be a wonderful PBS Special for next Christmas (2014). Be sure not to miss it!