Lamb of God 2019
March 21-23 & 31, 2019
March 21st through 23rd || Waterford School Concert Hall || 9502 S 1700 E Sandy, Utah || 7:30 PM
March 31st || Abravanel Hall || Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah || 6:30 PM
Considerations for attendance:
Our Thursday, March 21st performance is designated for the attendance of youth groups of any faith. Seating is very limited due to Youth Group reservations. Hence, stand-by seating may be the only seating available for the March 21st performance.
We leave age of attendees to the judgement of their parents since they know best the capacity of their children to handle a 90 minute concert. With that said, we do recommend 6 years old and older.
This is our Easter gift to the community therefore no tickets are required for any venue; first come, first seated, with the exception of a small section for donor seating. Doors open one hour before performance time.
Location for March 21st through 23rd at 7:30 pm:
Waterford School Concert Hall
9502 S 1700 E
Sandy, Utah 84093
Location for March 31st at 6:30 pm:
123 W South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Lamb of God
Artists and their Biographies
Rob Gardner, Composer of “Lamb of God,” began his musical career in high school in Mesa, AZ, as a member of and arranger for the a cappella band Two Five Nine. From there, Rob began composing original works for film, theater and the concert stage. He is the author of stage musicals including Blackbeard and The Price of Freedom and has also composed several sacred music oratorios of which “Lamb of God is the most widely performed. He has a degree in Management and Entrepreneurship from BYU and currently resides in Gilbert, AZ.
Ty Jensen, Cello Soloist, is honored to take the lead as principal cellist in the Draper Philharmonic and soloist in this unsurpassed musical work. He was classically trained on the cello and has continued to regularly play and perform in ensembles with family and friends, although his academic aspirations have taken him in another direction. Ty is a technology enthusiast, studying Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his lovely wife, Nuu, from Thailand.
Robert Hatch, Narrator, has narrated programs daily on KBYU-FM, and weekly on the ABC radio network. But his real career is directing films – seven for the BBC, 56 for the Vision Satellite Network, and a series of films in Israel. He has received some 300 film festival honors. His film “Infinite Gift” is a drama about understanding the Savior. He has a deep love of the scriptures and of all truth regarding Christ. He and his wife are parents of 4 children and reside in Sandy, UT.
Cherilyn Bacon, Narrator, has performed leading/supporting roles Off Broadway, in national tours and in regional and local theatre from New York City to Los Angeles, as well as internationally (USO). She was ‘Julie’ in Saturday’s Warrior (Utah, 1975). Cherilyn teaches voice privately and has taught at BYU and the Orange County School of the Arts, with several students having performed on Broadway. She has been a host for several radio stations and developed Circle in the Square Theatre’s summer musical theatre program, rated best in NYC by Backstage.
Dallyn Vail Bayles, Peter (Mar 22, 23, 31), from Green River, Utah, is a professional actor, singer and recording artist. He received degrees in Musical Theater from BYU and The Boston Conservatory. He toured with the Broadway productions Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables and has appeared in many leading roles in films and in regional theater productions, most recently at Hale Center Theater as ‘the D’Ysquith Family’ in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. As a concert soloist, Dallyn has performed with the Tabernacle Choir, Kurt Bestor, and many others and has recorded several CD’s. His lengthy professional credits are detailed on his website ww.dallynvailbayles.com. He and his wife are the parents of five children.
Daniel Beck, Peter (Mar 21) is not new to Lamb of God; he sang the role of ‘Thomas’ for Rob Gardner’s original recording of this masterwork. Daniel is well-known to Utah audiences for his other roles, including ‘Percy’ in Scarlet Pimpernel, ‘Curly’ in Oklahoma!, and ‘Joseph’ and ‘Thomas’ in Savior of the World, and he has appeared in several Liken the Scriptures movies. He received degrees from Weber State University and Stevens-Henager Business College and is a sales rep for Advanced Traffic Products. Daniel thanks his wife and family for their love and support.
James Miller, Thomas, has had a long career performing leading tenor roles in many opera and musical theater companies in Utah and surrounding states. He has also been a featured soloist with many symphonies and community organizations, including the Utah Symphony. James received a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Utah. He was a finalist in the MET and Merola Opera auditions and was awarded first place in multiple musical competitions. He lives in Millcreek with his wife and children.
Nathan Curtis, John, recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Music. He sang with the award-winning U. of U. Chamber Choir from 2013-2016, and is a member of the Utah Symphony Chorus. Nathan also enjoys musical theater and opera and has been featured in many leading roles. He loves sharing music in any way he can and is excited to part of this production of Lamb of God once again. He and his wife reside in South Jordan, Utah.
Serena Mackerell, Martha, is honored to share her love for the Savior by again singing the role of Martha in Lamb of God. She has sung with Utah Opera, Utah Symphony and Lyrical Opera. She served as Mrs. Utah, providing support to the infertility community with her Footsteps for Fertility Foundation. Serena is a 3x NATS champion and has appeared in title roles as Brigadoon’s ‘Fiona,’ Falstaff’s ‘Nanetta,’ Crazy for You’s ‘Tess,’ and many others. But her favorite roles are wife to Travis and mother to their triplets, Vivian, Harrison and Dean!
Valaura Arnold, Mary Magdalene, is a respected singer, actress and director, performing many genres of music including opera, musical theatre, oratorio, pop, and big band. She has shared the stage and collaborated on CD’s with several prominent musicians. Valaura recently returned from her first international solo tour in Mexico and is releasing a new album in Sept 2019. She holds degrees from the University of Utah in Vocal Performance, is a member of the Tabernacle Choir and maintains a private voice studio in Riverton, Utah, where she is blessed to have the ongoing support of her wonderful husband and children.
Darren Poulsen, Judas, is honored to work with the talented cast of Lamb of God and to reprise his role as ‘Judas.’ He was recently seen as ‘Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard’ in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz. He has been involved in numerous productions throughout Utah and Colorado. Some favorite roles include ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan, ‘Cogsworth’ in Beauty and the Beast, and ‘Alfie Doolittle’ in My Fair Lady. Darren thanks his amazing wife Cathleen and children Rachel, Emma, Jordan and Nathan for their incredible love and support.
Austin Larsen, Pilate, is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University in Information Systems - - but he’d much rather be on stage than on a computer. Music has always been a large part of his life. His favorite theatrical roles have included ‘Snoopy’ in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and ‘Marius’ in Les Miserables. He is also a skilled racquetball player and makes a mean cheesecake. He is very grateful and excited to once again give a voice to Pilate.
Shaliah Ellingson, Mary, Mother of Jesus, grew up in Mesa, Arizona, developing her talents in music. She attended a year of college studying Vocal Performance before leaving to serve a performing mission in Nauvoo, Illinois. She then served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Columbus, Ohio. Upon returning home, she married her best friend and followed him to BYU, where she is currently studying Psychology and Music as a full-time student.
Chelsea Ottoson, Mary of Bethany, feels truly honored to be singing the part of ‘Mary of Bethany’ with the Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society. Chelsea recently performed the role of ‘Meg’ in Draper City’s Brigadoon and sang the ‘Narrator’ part in Bluffdale’s Joseph last winter. While she lives and breathes to sing, Chelsea is well-rounded in other areas; she holds a degree in Education and is a beloved 1st grade teacher, but she is most beloved by her husband and their two littles.
Connor Lee, Accuser, from St. George, Utah, is currently studying Vocal Performance at BYU. Connor studied in Verona, Italy, where he performed in San Fermo Cathedral and other notable venues. He took first place in the 2018 NATS Cal-Western Regional Competition and was a finalist in the Classical Singer Competition in Boston, MA. Recent credits include ‘Riff’ in West Side Story and ‘Freddy’ in My Fair Lady. Connor performed in A Night on Broadway with Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society and is thrilled to be joining them again.
Cameron Crowe, False Witness, has always had a love and appreciation for music and the impact it can have on our lives. He was born in Australia and moved to Utah during his teen years, where he continued to grow his love for music and the fine arts. After taking some time away from the stage, he is grateful for the opportunity to be performing again and thanks you for coming.
Blanca Arnold, Maid, is not only a vocalist; she also plays viola, organ and piano. Music is in her bones! As a member of the group Witness Music Utah, she has performed Lamb of God the past eight years. Blanca loves to testify of Christ’s love and healing power and His miraculous Atonement through this beautiful moving music. She is thankful for the opportunity to once again help Draper Philharmonic & Choral Society present this amazing work, with both her voice and her viola.
Heather Pickett, Damsel, is new to Utah. Throughout her career as a family physician in the U.S. Air Force, she has been able to sing around the world! -- with various groups in Germany, Alaska, and many other states. She has performed at many military and civilian functions and has sung the National Anthem at military bases around the country. Heather has also enjoyed acting in several musical theater roles. She thanks the Lord for wonderful opportunities to praise Him, and she thanks her beautiful family, Rex, Aiden and Brenna, for their support and encouragement.
Sotto Voce Strings, our Lobby Pre-Show participant, is a group of about 60 violinists, ages 5-18, directed by Asheley Watabe, Doralee Madsen and Lois Waltman. The purpose of the group is to nourish and heal souls through music. Sotto Voce Strings’ students practice individually 2-4 hours per day, rehearse as a group 1-2 times per month and give 10+ concerts per year. They also take time to share their talents at local nursing homes, schools, hospitals and religious services. Students from this group have toured extensively and are preparing for a musical humanitarian performing tour to Zambia in 2019.