Two nights, full houses, standing ovations, new friends, laughter, all at a great acoustical hall. Thank you, thank you, for your attendance and wonderful support of our music. It was a pleasure to meet many of you after the concerts. We were overwhelmed by your enthusiastic support of our music and genuinely humbled as you shared your individual experiences of how our music and spoken presentations had uplifted, inspired, entertained, and comforted you. We met many new friends from around the world and across the United States.
Unknown to us months in advance while Tamara and I were selecting the music for our concerts, a family from Uruguay were making travel arrangements to bring their daughter to BYU. After hearing that we would be performing at BYU Education Week, they changed their travel plans so that they could arrive a day early and attend our concert. As they were seated at our concert and started to read the program, to their amazement and delight, they discovered that we would be performing two of Piazzolla’s Tangos from Argentina, which is where the mother is from.
Determining the musical selections for a concert is no easy task. We spend countless hours researching, studying and pondering to create a musical program. Of course the musical pieces have to be musically pleasing and entertaining, but at a deeper level they have to fit together to create an overall musical experience, which complements the speaking portions of the concert, is specific to the audience, and bring value to the listener at a personal level. We felt very blessed to learn that the gentle impression we had to include these songs in our program had such a wonderful reason why.
On August 17 and 18, 2010 Tamara Oswald and Jeannine Goeckeritz performed two evening concerts entitled A Joyful Evening for BYU Education Week in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Building on the BYU campus. BYU Education Week is an amazing event. Thank you to all the staff and stage crew for their help in making this A Joyful Evening!