The Tabernacle Choir Blog

July 2014 Articles

Santino Fontana Takes a Selfie at the Conference Center

When Santino Fontana took the stage during the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert, he said, "This is a big first for me tonight. And it's going to be a night of firsts for all of us." Later, just before he performed the song "How to Handle a Woman", he revisited his previous statement: "I said this is a night of firsts. This really is. I have to take a selfie." With that, Fontana took out his smartphone, snapped a couple photos, and made history. Later, Fontana posted the photos to Twitter and Instagram.

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Behind-the-Scenes: Happy Medley - Santino Fontana

A behind-the-scenes look of the first and only rehearsal of the "Happy Medley", the popular song from the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert featuring Pharrell's "Happy", with Santino Fontana, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Orchestra at Temple Square. Hear Mack Wilberg and Fontana discuss the logistics of this crowd-pleasing piece.

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5 Unforgettable Pioneer Day Concert Moments

The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” debuts tonight and continues tomorrow. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m. The Choir will be broadcasting the concert on Saturday on its website—MoTab.org/PioneerDay—and BYUtv will air the program that night as well. Both are at 8 p.m. Mountain time. (BYUtv will also reair the concert on July 24 at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.)

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Watch Pioneer Day Preview Videos

The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” is just around the corner. It begins tomorrow and continues on Saturday. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m.

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Behind The Scenes With Janice Kapp Perry: “What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?”

“What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?” is a poem written by Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Janice Kapp Perry’s niece, Kathleen Blacker, was battling cancer, the poem brought more comfort than anything else. The poem was so special to Blacker that she requested President Hinckley’s permission to print the poem on her funeral program. Her request was granted, with well wishes from the prophet.

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The Osmonds and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Remembering the Pioneer Day Concerts

The Osmonds have been performing together for over 50 years, a remarkable feat to say the least. People all over the world have connected the Osmond family with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), for as long as they’ve been a household name. It only seemed natural to celebrate their 50-year anniversary with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so that’s just what they did. "Can you imagine 50 years? It's unbelievable, and the life they have lived, the example they have set, not only for the Church, but the entire world!" said Mac Christensen, former president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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This Special Edition of Music and the Spoken Word Features the Choir at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Episode 4267 of Music and the Spoken Word was broadcast on June 26, 2011. This special edition of Music and the Spoken Word featured the Mormon Tabernacle Choir away from its normal venue at the Salt Lake Tabernacle and at various locations in the United States. Venues in the episode include, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and Red Rocks Amphitheatre just outside Denver, Colorado. 

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In 1934 Henry Ford Invited and Sponsored the Choir to Perform in Chicago

The Century of Progress Exposition was a World’s Fair held in Chicago between 1933 and 1934. As part of the event, Ford Motor Company constructed its own exhibit that featured, among other things, a museum and concert hall. Subsequently, Ford would bring in musical acts, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A history of the Choir’s involvement in Chicago is documented in A Century of Singing, a book by J. Spencer Cornwall. An excerpt is below:

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2013 Tour Videos

Did you miss the Choir’s 2013 tour to the upper Midwest? Here’s your chance to catch up on some of the action and excitement that happens when the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square travel the country. Make sure to plan ahead when the Choir hits the road in 2015 for their Atlantic Coast Tour.

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In 1900 the Choir Surprised President Lorenzo Snow with an Impromptu

On January 25, 1900, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir closed its regular Thursday evening rehearsal and set out for an impromptu performance for President Lorenzo Snow. According to a Salt Lake Tribune article published the following day, the Choir gathered outside President Snow’s residence and began singing. Later, the group was invited in and sang additional hymns; the visit concluded with a few words from President Smith and handshakes. An excerpt from the article is below.

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Read the Incredibly Warm Welcome the Choir Received When Opening Its 1955 European Tour in Glasgow, Scotland

In 1955 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir toured in Europe. The Choir boarded a ship named Saxonia in Montreal and set sail. The first performance was held in Glasgow, Scotland. A reception was given for the entire Choir at the council chambers. Andrew Hood, Lord Provost of Glasgow welcomed the Choir with a very warm and welcoming speech, recorded in J. Spencer Cornwall’s book, A Century of Singing. Below is an excerpt:

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Watch the Video of David Archuleta’s Live Worldwide Facebook Event

The Face to Face LDS Youth event on Facebook was a huge success! People around the world were able to watch the event in real time and participate in a question and answer session with the recently returned missionary, David Archuleta. For those of you who missed it, you’re in luck because you can watch the entire video below or here. This inspiring video will only be available until June 2015, so make sure to watch it while you can. The event was moderated by David L. Beck, Young Men General President, and Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President.

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Apply Now to Join the Choir

Want the best seat in the house for Mormon Tabernacle Choir concerts, broadcasts and tours? Looking for an opportunity to express yourself in song? Join the Choir!

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