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By Kent Larsen

Tab Choir Charms Houston, Ft Worth

FT WORTH, TEXAS -- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed Friday night in Houston, Texas, overcoming floods caused by a tropical storm, and Saturday night in Ft Worth, Texas, reaching an audience that sometimes traveled hundreds of miles to see them. Performing a concert featuring a variety of popular songs, the Choir charmed many and even got the audience in Fort Worth to join in the final number.

The choir was in both cities as part of its tour of the Southern US, and at least one man attending the Fort Worth concert drove in from far away. Steven Hudson traveled from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Fort Worth for the concert, even though he had seen a choir performance several times in Salt Lake City. But he said the drive was worth it, "This was one of the best performances I've heard," he said. "They outdid themselves. They have a good spirit about them, and their music is good. It's awesome that they all volunteer and give their time and talent to do this. When people do that, it comes from their heart."

In Houston, the Choir's performance went almost flawlessly, and those attending even found the seats in the new arena numbered exactly the same as the seats in the original venue, Jones Hall, to minimize confusion. The performance was also nearly flawless. The Choir performed an extended version of its weekly radio and TV show, Music and the Spoken Word, complete with narration by Lloyd Newell.

In Forth Worth, the Choir sang many familiar songs, including Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Mount of Olives," Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," and "Amazing Grace." They ended with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and conductor Craig Jessop turned around for the end of the song to invite the audience to join the Chorus.

Local choral director Maritza Caceres in Forth Worth said the Choir gave their all, "They sing with their soul and their minds on the crowd. They embrace the audience."


Chorale captivates listeners
Dallas TX Morning News 18Jun01 A1
By Ann Hester: The Dallas Morning News

Choir offers inspirational performance
Houston TX Chronicle 18Jun01 A1
By Charles Ward: Houston Chronicle


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