The 5th Annual Interfaith Concert featuring internationally acclaimed tenor, Nathan Pacheco, filled the Ogden Tabernacle on Sunday evening.
Pacheco was joined by seven area faiths that provided music ministries and performances.
Madalene Cuglietta, a member of the Hilltop Gospel Choir remarked:
I was personally honored to have shared in the exceptional interfaith concert that was presented at the Ogden Tabernacle. In a world that seems easily divided, the atmosphere we experienced was infused with beautiful respect and gratitude for all peoples of the earth from various backgrounds. We proved in one night that peace and respect is possible as we lift our hearts to our God. A healing step for mankind!
Rev. Gary Haddock, chair of the Ogden Interfaith Works Council and pastor of Community United Methodist Church, was joined by Elder Jeremy J. Jaggi, Area Seventy with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in welcoming audience members from various faiths across northern Utah. More than 40 pastors representing many faiths were introduced at the event, a press release stated.
The Venerable Phra Thep Puttivithes (Houston, Texas), President of the Council of the Buddhist Monks of America, joined local Abbot Suphat Sukyai and the other monks of the Thai Buddhist Temple of Ogden in offering a Thai chant and blessing. The Rev. Bruce Kolasch of Elim Lutheran Church of Ogden offered an invocation.
Pacheco was the Master of Ceremony for the concert where he also sang several numbers including Puccini’s "Nessun Dorma," and "The Prayer."
Dr. Myron Patterson, the organist at Holy Family Catholic Church, performed on the beautiful pipe organ.
Rev. Jovetia Watson, the former pastor of Embry African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ogden, sang a traditional gospel hymn. Watson has recently been transferred to serve in Denver but flew back to Ogden for the concert.
The Hilltop Methodist Church Gospel Choir, under the direction of Roberta Shimensky, presented two gospel pieces. The Ogden Buddhist Church Taiko Drummers, under the direction of Stan Hirai, performed a drum piece.
A collection of church musicians called "Via Media" came together, under the direction of Christin Baker of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, and sang traditional liturgical songs.
Deacon Thomas White of New Zion Baptist Church in Ogden, accompanied by the talented pianist Bobby Beal, sang the traditional gospel song, “Victory is Mine."
A traditional Indian Hindu dance performed by Divya Narayanan and Manya Nair from the Divya School of Classical Indian Dance was presented. They performed a song of praise to the Goddess Lakshmi.