Arizona is celebrating 100 years of Statehood in 2012 with grand activities.
This weekend they have invited the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform.
This is the first time in 40 years, and only the 2nd time the choir has put on a concert in Arizona.
The 360 member choir, accompanied by the 110 member orchestra are all volunteer.
This is the longest running choir in the United States, with 83 years of continuous network broadcasting.
Last night's performance was held in the US Airways Center, home to the NBA Phoenix Suns.
They asked that we not take pictures during the performance, so I took a few shots before the event began.
The center holds about 18,000 people, and last night it was filled nearly to capacity.
Tonight Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will be in attendance, along with many dignitaries.
I was impressed with how smoothly the event was coordinated.
The Choir even flew in their own organ.
And the sound was amazing!
President Ronald Reagan dubbed them "America's Choir" rightly so.
I work for Deseret Book, and spent the evening working the booth where we sold Mo Tab CD's and DVD's
I told Mr. Cactus that I had a Friday night date planned different than any previous, and that it would involve wearing a white shirt and tie, plus beautiful music.
Boy, did that teaser make him curious.
He was a good sport and helped bag product while I rang up purchases on the cash register :)