We hiked a symphony orchestra, timpani and all, down into a meadow on the backside of Mount Timpanogos during the peak of Fall colors. The camera crew recorded sunrise to sunset shooting in 4K. Bruce Wilson flew his state of the art drone over half of the mountain range looking for imagery to match the musical depth of Holst’s Thaxted theme. The Philharmonic performed the entire Planets by Holst not too long ago. Few musical moments can compete with the satisfying experience of performing that section of Jupiter.
The Philharmonic was putting together an album of sacred music at the time so Director Kayson Brown arranged this setting of the tune for that purpose. It combines the two worlds where the Philharmonic is most active – classical and inspirational music. This tune has been set to numerous texts for dozens of religious hymns as well as sports and patriotic anthems. It seems to nurture the humanity in each of us.
For those less familiar with the text to “O God Beyond All Praising” by Michael Perry they are: “O God beyond all praising, we worship you today and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay; for we can only wonder at every gift you send, at blessings without number and mercies without end: we lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word, we honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord. Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring, that we who know your favor may serve you as our king; and whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill, we’II triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless you still: to marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways, and make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise.”