Crazy About Richard Elliot and His Christmas Organ Solo
Our post the other day showing Richard Elliot, organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, playing his outstanding rendition of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” drew a lot of feedback. Basically, the world just wants more of this stuff.
The annual Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is featured on PBS each year. The choir, which has the world’s longest continuous network radio broadcast show running at some 85+ years now, usually features a guest artist and a guest narrator. The Christmas concert is held over a December weekend and draws about 80,000 people each year. Believe it or not the tickets to these concerts are free.
Called “America’s Choir” by President Ronald Reagan, the Choir has no problem finding guest artists to perform with them. Past talent includes diverse individuals ranging from opera singer Rene Flemming to pop singer David Archuleta to soul legend Gladys Knight to legend Natalie Cole. Narrators have included Walter Kronkite, Mike Wallace, Michael York, Jane Seymour David McCullough and others. (Just this week the choir is performing with James Taylor). This Christmas concert is, every year, a big deal.
That’s why we love the story of Richard Elliot, the humble Tabernacle organist who gets little of the spotlight amongst all these stars. Nearly every year he steals the show from them with his organ solo.
Two videos now to showcase for you — first, this video from the Christmas concert with Natalie Cole. He gets really cooking around the two minute mark but one of the things I love about this video is the crowd reaction to his “mash-up” and their delight in his talent. Watch the crowd rush to their feet in appreciation at the end:
This next video is a teaser for last year’s Christmas concert, which features Elliot again, this time performing Sleigh Ride. It gives a sneak peak into his genius in coming up with these show-stealing performances.
Last year’s concert was just released on DVD and collecting each year’s concert is an investment worthy of any Christmas collector.Hit that Twitter icon or Facebook logo and share what you're enjoying! And get more Christmas at the Internet's longest ongoing celebration of Christmas, My Merry Christmas.com