The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic, led by Kayson Brown, features promising young high school students from more than 30 schools across Utah. In this new music video, they perform Marshall McDonald’s beautiful arrangement of the beloved hymn, “If You Could Hie to Kolob.”
Of the arrangement, McDonald told the story of a young musician named Joseph coming up to talk to him as the group was preparing to perform the piece at the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Joseph told McDonald he was grateful for the music; his father had recently passed away from cancer and he was able to play the hymn and McDonald’s arrangement at the funeral.
McDonald said, “I thought of how this music seemed to thin the veil between the living and those who have passed on. How music, like prayer, communicates the inexpressible and bittersweet and connects us to those we cannot see but still feel. This year, I think Easter will feel differently for that family. Who among us has not tasted the bitterness of losing one we love and not longed for comfort? If this music and the message we tried to convey with our high school aged students and shoe-string budget, comforts one “Joseph” out there who is struggling then it was more than worth our humble efforts.”
You can watch the entire music video below. To learn more about the Amercian Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic, click here.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.