A Kurt Bestor Christmas 2012 | Jenny Oaks Baker | Alex Sharpe | Abravanel Hall

“Can you hear the voice of the children
softly pleading for silence in their shattered world?

Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
blood of the innocent on their hands.

Crying Jesus, “Help me
to feel the sun again upon my face?

For when darkness clears, I know you’re near,
bringing peace again.”

In wake of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut that took the lives of 20 innocent 6 and 7 year olds, Kurt Bestor’s “Prayer of the Children” had special new meaning. Originally written about the civil war and bloodshed in the former Yugoslavia, Prayer of the Children touched the hearts of those in attendance in ways the song hasn’t yet. Before he began the song, Kurt reminded the audience of when he wrote it, and how especially applicable the message is in light of what happened. As he sang, every eye was wet, including my own. It was supremely powerful. But in the midst of such sorrow, A Kurt Bestor Christmas 2012 was truly an uplift, and I’m honored to have been asked to participate again. I shot the concert series last year and Kurt’s promotional photos for this year as well.

From Kurt’s special rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, to the annual new carol Kurt writes for the event, to old holiday classics, the Abravanel Hall tradition was true to its history. This year was also a special milestone for Kurt, as it marked his 25th anniversary. Special guests included violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, singer Alex Sharpe, and Kurt’s own daughter Erika Bestor.

I personally had a very special day, and I hope you enjoy these photos.

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