Libera sang for the 2 morning services at Stonebriar Church. They sang "Gloria" and "Exultate" together then "Glory To Thee" for the offertory. It was beautiful! The church complex is HUGE! The church sanctuary itself seats 3,000. Each service had about 2,500 people, so that's 5,000 total that heard them! In between the 2 services, the boys came out into the foyer to greet the church people and hand out a card with how to get the free download of their new "Joy To The World" song. I saw Tiarnan, Ralph with Nano Ben, Matthew J, Mini Ben, Daniel, Josh, Jakob, Sam, Barney, Alex and Matthew M. We said "hi" to Tiarnan, Matthew J and Daniel, but didn't talk too much because they were supposed to be spending their time with church people. Daniel said he handed out all of his cards already. :)
After lunch, we came back to the church and...there were tables and chairs set up in the lobby!!! I counted 30 chairs! Can you say "Meet and Greet?!" :D
One fan from Singapore heard about the concert
on Thursday and flew 24 hours to get there!!
Some friends of ours came to the concert. Lots of people came late, so they had to
sit in the back for the 1st half. Our friends live in Dallas but used to live in Chicago
and moved when I was 4 years old. One of their sons couldn't come, but
I was happy to see my friends again. :)
The concert itself was amazing! It was truly PERFECT! First, I loved that church! It was the kind where there are no bad seats. The colored (or "coloured" as they would say in the UK) lights looked really cool in the church shining off of the big organ pipes behind the boys. There are no windows, so it wasn't daylight inside for the first half of the concert like the other concerts had been. The lighting crew could make it very dark and use all kinds of lights. I heard an extra generator was brought in to handle the electricity needed!
All of the soloists were ON! It was incredible! The really high note solos by Matthew RA and Jakob were done from a high choir loft on the left side. I noticed that Daniel sings these really high parts in "Song of Life" and "Love and Mercy!" His solo in "Stay With Me" is a little lower, but he can still sing crazy high!
All the boys seemed very relaxed. They seemed like they were really enjoying themselves...maybe it's because there was air conditioning. :) But everything just flowed so smoothly from one song to the next. No rush. Just loving every minute.
Josh did AMAZINGLY on "Eternal Light." So amazingly that it made my mom cry. :) It was stunning. He sang with such meaning, and he always looks like he is so happy to be singing when he sings.
"Exultate" was really cool because in the church there were these four archways high on the walls on each side of the stage, and they had yellow and orange lights shining in the archways. So the first was yellow, the second orange, the third yellow and the fourth orange. And then when the boys would step forward it would switch so it was first orange, second yellow and so on. It was a really cool effect.
"Te Lucis" was really awesome. The 7 big boys also sang from the high left choir loft. The other concerts have had a big, cathedral echo effect, but this one didn't, so you could distinctly hear each boy's voice. Sam has an amazing voice! So strong and steady. Another stunner! :)
Freddie's speech about the hoods got changed up again, but this time, instead of Kavana pulling Cassius off the front of the stage, Liam came forward, picked up the still-hooded Cassius and carried him over to his spot on stage amid thunderous applause and laughter. He then proceeded to yank Cassius' hood back to reveal Cassius laughing as well. It was so funny!
"Ave Verum" was (as usual) stunning. I get goosebumps every time! Carlos was awesome on his solo. And of course we ended with "How Shall I Sing That Ma-je-sty" (as Jude says it.) The audience loved it and gave a standing ovation. After the encore, they clapped and cheered and whistled and "wooed." I think they were hoping to get Libera to come out again. And thus ended another amazing Libera concert. But do not be sad! There was a Meet and Greet still to come! Yay!
The boys were all really excited and talkative, which was awesome. Sam asked me what my favorite song was, and I said "Ave Verum" which he and Tiarnan seemed rather pleased with. :) I then asked Sam what it was like having his YOUNGER brother be taller than he is. He groaned while Tiarnan laughed at him. He said, "And Josh is younger than me, too!" Then he smiled and said, "They got the height, but I got the brains." I said, "Good comeback!" and he smiled.
I got to talk to all the little guys (who really seem to be completely clueless as to what is going on. lol) I got to tell Matthew R-A and Jakob good job on their high notes, and I made sure to tell Carlos that "Ave Verum" is my favorite song, which he really seemed to like. I told Daniel good job on his solo and on all the high notes that we just realized he had!
I told Alex about what I said to Sam, and he said that being taller has its advantages and disadvantages. (I can't imagine what the disadvantages would be. lol) I told him what Sam said about getting the brains, and Alex smiled and told me, "It's true though. He's smarter than all of us." So there we go Sam lovers. Sam is the smart one. :)
I told Ben I liked his hair, which he seemed to appreciate. I asked Josh if he was surprised when they asked him to sing a solo, and he told me that he was, but he really enjoys it. He also said that they're going to start featuring the lower voices more to add a "different texture" to the concerts. So that's AWESOME! :D
I asked Liam whose idea it was to pick Cassius up, and he said that it was Tiarnan's in the rehearsal that day. He said "Rob" asked him to do it. Cassius apparently couldn't hear Liam coming toward him so he wasn't expecting it, even though he knew it was coming, which explains why he was laughing so hard when Liam yanked his hood off. :)
So I'm in Houston now. One more concert to go. :( Can't wait to hear them again! :)
Now get ready for a ridiculous number of pictures! lol Between my mom's camera and my camera, there's just too many good ones! :D
Tiarnan taking pictures of all of us taking pictures of all of them. lol
Isn't Eoghan's face so cute?!!! :)
Matthew J. & Jude
Nano Ben and Thomas
Nano Ben's dad wrote in to the blog and said to tell everyone "hi." :)
Luke, Sam & Tiarnan
Matthew Madine, Eoghan & Jakob
Freddie, Cassius & Orlando
Matthew R-A, Carlos & Dylan
Barney & Sammy
Kavana & Daniel
Ben, Josh & Liam
Michael & Isaac
Ralph & Henry
OK. In case you didn't learn all their names yet, let's do it again!
Matthew J. & Jude
Nano Ben & Thomas
Luke & Sam
Matthew Madine & Eoghan
Freddie & Cassius
Matthew R-A & Carlos
Dylan & Barney
Sammy & Alex
Kavana & Daniel
Ben, Josh & Liam
Michael & Isaac
Ralph & Henry - lol, Ralph!
Thanks for a great concert and awesome Meet & Greet, guys! :D