David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco brought the Christmas spirit to an audience of 15,000 people at the BYU-Idaho Center on Dec. 3.
Archuleta and Pacheco performed with the BYU-Idaho choirs, the symphony orchestra, dancers and organist Daniel Kerr at the yearly concert known as a BYU-Idaho Christmas.
“I thought it was just amazing, and the music was spectacular,” said Don Sparhawk, the Center Stage and Performance Tours coordinator. “I felt like this is what Christmas is all about.” Sparhawk said this was the first time a concert at the I-Center was sold out.
Archuleta surprised the audience as he sang with the choir “Jesús Nasciera” in Spanish, a language he became more familiar with while on his mission.
The choirs sang popular Christmas songs such as “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Little Drummer Boy.”
Archuleta performed a song he said he once sang in a dream where he was singing his prayer to Heavenly Father.
He told the audience that in his dream, Heavenly Father told him he needed to write it down so he would not forget it.
Pacheco acknowledged the audience members who had traveled far away in order to attend a BYU-Idaho Christmas.
“I thought the show was beautiful,” said Brittany Margaritis, a junior majoring in marriage and family studies. “I really love David Archuleta’s song about his prayer in his dream because I could really feel the spirit very strongly when he sang that.”
The theme for the show was the birth of Christ through eyes of a child. Video clips relating to this theme and the meaning of Christmas played between song performances.
“Singing for 15,000 people was so exhilarating,” said Mia Haggen, a soloist for the Christmas Concert and senior studying music education.
Haggen said this is her last semester and it was so fun to have a big solo.
“It was a really cool experience to make music with David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco,” said Taylor Pulsipher, a sophomore studying music education.