What a gorgeous production of Christmas music and dance with the fabulous choir, incredible orchestra and the special guests. Michael York, is a great storyteller and narrator. David Archuleta is just wonderful. His beautiful voice, the sincerity and joy he exudes, along with his heartfelt rendition of the songs, bring through the Christmas spirit so beautifully. Just loved him and the entire production!
I was there for this Live Concert and find the DVD a great keepsake. If you have Blu Ray, I recommend that version. The only thing I missed was some of David Archuleta's commentary. I thought that added to the gentleness and genuineness of his interaction with the audience. Being able to hear David's wonderful voice and getting closeups was a benifit, however and I've worn one DVD out already. I gifted this to numerous friends and I've gotten three rave reviews from them. Of course they enjoyed the choir and dancing too! Now that it is on sale for 1/2 price, it is a great time to buy now and enjoy year round or gift for next year. This is a Once in a Lifetime adventure. I went this year too and it was nice but did not compare to 2010 for me. (I'm biased though as a David Archuleta fan)
I will probably never get the opportunity to attend a live MTC Christmas concert so I look forward to seeing them each year on my local PBS station. This year's concert seemed rushed and badly edited. The choir was perfection as always and Mr. Archuleta was a refreshing and delightful soloist. The program was so esoteric and lacking in familiar music of the season, it left me cold. I loved the spectacle of the dancers and the exquisite musicianship of all involved, but I'm glad I have my DVD's of previous concerts with Audra McDonald and Renee Fleming to enjoy.
This was another benchmark of sophistication and good taste. I am so grateful that at least one faith remains a repository of great music, since as a Catholic, I get less and less of this music with each passing year.
Archuleta is OK, and his voice is pretty, but lacks the refinement of the orchestra and choir---his phrasing is choppy, but with PERFECT intonation.
Loved the live performance! My favorite Christmas Concert ever! The DVD is done so well! Just like being there!
From beginning to end an amazing way to invite the Christmas spirit into your home! David Archuleta's performance of Silent Night brings peace into your heart. I highly recommend this on Blu-ray or DVD.