Highlighting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (LDS) fundamental belief in Jesus Christ, the Mormon Chorale and Orchestra of Denver recently staged four exquisite performances of the “Lamb of God” at the Newman Center on the University of Denver Campus and the Mackey Auditorium Concert Hall at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Written by LDS composer, Rob Gardner, “Lamb of God” is a magnificent musical retelling of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and Resurrection based on the biblical accounts found in the New Testament. Through word and song, audiences experience Christ’s life through the eyes of those who loved Him, including John the Beloved, Martha of Bethany, Peter, Thomas, His Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene. Relying wholly upon scripture found in the Bible, the musical appeals broadly to Christians among all denominations, sects, and persuasions.
Following the initial success of the first Denver-based “Lamb of God” performances in 2015 at the University of Denver (DU) and St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, in 2016 performances were held at both DU and Trinity Methodist in downtown Denver. In 2017, the “Lamb of God” performances expanded to include three evenings of performances at DU’s Newman Center and an inaugural performance at Boulder’s Mackey Theatre.
This Easter season, nearly 2,700 people attended the “Lamb of God” performances in the Denver area, which left many audience members moved and touched by the message about the reality of our Savior, Jesus Christ’s life, mission, and divinity. As Cindy Morgan, a Discipleship Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boulder, said,
“It was wonderfully moving and filled my soul with praise and thanksgiving!”
Many other notable community and religious leaders attended performances, including Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. He warmly thanked LDS leaders, Elder Thomas T. Priday, and, Denver Area LDS Public Affairs representatives, Michael Jones and Rebecca Jensen, for accompanying him to the performance, which he described as a “great experience of God’s love.”
Based on such powerful audience feedback and very positive results of a recent survey of “Lamb of God” attendees, “Lamb of God” producers intend to continue performances in the Denver Metro Area in the years to come. As a firm statement of LDS Church belief in Jesus Christ, “Lamb of God” producer, Jim Miller states that, “It is our hope that [all people] will know that [LDS Church members] believe in Jesus Christ, that He is our Savior. The purpose of the show is to testify and witness to the world that we believe in Jesus Christ.”