Utah-Tube: Dahlia Row focuses on freedom with ‘Phantom of the Opera’ ballad


The love ballad, “All I Ask of You,” from Broadway musical “Phantom of the Opera” is typically known for its declaration of love between Christine Daae and Raoul — but Dahlia Row wanted to use it to express a different message. Freedom.

To visually capture freedom, Dahlia Row filmed a music video of the arrangement at the Granite Chapel in Sandy, built in 1905.

“It was important to us to find a venue that would allow us to play subtly off of the lyrics of the video, ‘All I want is freedom…,'” Chris Meek said in an email. “An art studio, with lifelike pieces trapped in plaster or bronze was symbolic. Whether it be for love of country or romantic love — in the end it is love that frees and enriches us.”

Dr. Grant Fairbanks owns the Granite Chapel and is the son of sculptor Avard Fairbanks, who acquired the chapel in 1965. Avard Fairbanks’ sculptures remain today in his old studio and are visible in the background of Dahlia Row’s music video.

Perhaps the sculpture that can be seen in the video that fits best with the theme of freedom is a bust of Abraham Lincoln.

Dahlia Row is a Payson-based acoustic trio made up of Becky Foster, Lynda Breese and Chris Meek. Their music generally features vocals, violin and piano.

This is Dahlia Row’s third music video of music from their 2017 album.


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