“Silent Night” Featuring Plácido Domingo -ThePianoGuys


By: ThePianoGuys

Published on Nov 30, 2015

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Meaning / Story behind the song:

Silent Night, Holy Night. All is calm, all is bright!

Sometimes it seems there is little in this world today that is silent, holy, calm, or bright. However noisy, unholy, frenetic, or dark it may appear to be, music such as the immortal hymn, “Silent Night,” carries with it a feeling that can remind us there is still an abundance of virtue all around us. There is hope and beauty. And there is light.

To properly paint this feeling we collaborated with none other than the tenor legend, Plácido Domingo, whose sublime vocal gift is rivaled by his kindness and sincerity. It was a joy to work with him. He is an artist whose illustrious, exalted career has not snuffed out his sweet disposition or his genuine love for the art of music. Joining us are the children from the Cathedral School Choristers, whose pure faith proclaim the profound message of this hymn. We filmed this during an East coast tour in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, one of the largest cathedrals in the world, a colossal monument to greatest gift ever given, the Son of God.

May your Christmas this year be filled with serenity, spirituality, peace, and felicity.

Merry Christmas from The Piano Guys!


Silent Night written in 1818 by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr
The Piano Guys arrangement produced by Jon Schmidt and written by Jon Schmidt, Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios in Utah
Plácido Domingo’s vocals recorded by Nick Patrick
Children’s choir recorded by Leszek Wojcik
Performed by
Plácido Domingo: Vocal solo
Jon Schmidt: Piano, vocal textures
Steven Sharp Nelson: Cellos, vocal textures
Al van der Beek: Vocal textures
The Cathedral School Choristers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC, under the direction of Malcolm Merriweather, Choral Associate & Raymond Nagem, Associate Organist
Additional vocals by members of the “TPG Children’s Choir,” Holland & Avea van der Beek; and Elias & Lucy Nelson

Filmed on location at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

A special thank you to our managers David Simone and Winston Simone, and our record label Sony Masterworks

Video produced by Paul Anderson and Shaye Scott
Edited by Shaye Scott
Piano Stunt Coordinator: Jeremy Crawford
Project Manager & Behind the Scenes: Kyle Fisher

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Historic Rocket Landing (Blue Origin)


By: Blue Origin

Originally published on Nov 24, 2015

Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.

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Experience the Blue Angels in 360-degree video



Originally published on Nov 11, 2015

Climb aboard Blue Angel 4 in the “slot” position. Situated at the back corner of the Angels’ signature diamond formation, you’ll see the F/A-18 Hornets flying inches from each other as they execute breathtaking maneuvers. (http://usat.ly/1Yb309N)
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USA TODAY caught up with the Blue Angels at the Great Georgia Airshow in late-October. The Blue Angels agreed to mount one of USA TODAY’s specialized camera rigs, designed to capture video in 360 degrees, inside the cockpit of one of their jets. The Blue Angels released the video exclusively to USA TODAY after it was reviewed by the pilots and team.

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