The Tabernacle Choir Blog

October 2014 Articles

God Bless Us, Every One! The Story Behind A Christmas Carol

Christmas, 1843, the hottest item on the shelves in England was a little book entitled A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The young novelist, father of four (soon to be five), needed to quickly earn sufficient funds to meet mounting obligations. He walked the streets of London trying to shape a story and from his observations he created the beloved characters of Scrooge, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and a series of flying ghosts that would catch hold of readers' hearts-for centuries.

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir and BYU Broadcasting Win Emmys

Great news! BYU Broadcasting won several Emmys® recently at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Emmys®, including an Emmy® for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Emmy winners on Saturday, October 18.

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Five Brilliant Arrangements by Ryan Murphy

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s associate director, Ryan Murphy, has arranged many of the songs that have been performed by the Choir throughout recent years. His arrangements cover a variety of styles from children’s music to Broadway to sacred hymns. 

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Likes Basketball

Basketball…and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Wait, what? Many people might not realize it, but the Choir has a history with the NBA that dates back to when they first performed the national anthem at a Utah Jazz game in 2001. Let's take a moment to look at some of the Choir’s basketball history.

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Tribute To Stephen Paulus

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir expresses its sincere condolences to the family of composer, Stephen Paulus, who passed away Sunday at the age of 65. He died of medical complications, which resulted from a severe stroke that he suffered on July 4, 2013.

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The History of “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand"

“God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand” communicates a feeling of patriotism and honors the greatness of God. The hymn’s origins can be traced back to 1876, when the United States was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Daniel C. Roberts wrote the text for the hymn to be used during a small patriotic celebration in Vermont. The lyrics ask God to continue to guide and protect us as He has done in the past.

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13 Chart Topping Hits Performed by the Choir

When you’ve been recording and performing for over 100 years, chances are you have sung some popular songs. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has always been on the cutting edge of recording technology, making their first sound recordings in 1910. The Choir has also made headway into popular culture, performing some of the most respected songs in the history of music. These songs have been recorded by the music industry's top artists over the years. Below are 13 songs performed by the Choir that earned their place in pop-culture history by rising up the Billboard music charts.

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1965 World's Fair Audiences Loved the Choir


Fifty years ago, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wowed audiences at the New York World’s Fair with a full concert of traditional hymns to old-time classics. The Choir was part of the Mormon Pavilion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the much-acclaimed World’s Fair. The intent of the pavilion, with its replica of the Salt Lake Temple, murals depicting the history of the Church, and the film “Man’s Search for Happiness,” was to introduce what many then considered an obscure religion to a national audience. Familiar with the popular Music and the Spoken Word, which had been on the air since 1929 and had an immense following, the Fair leadership pressed for the Choir to perform.
On Sunday, July 26, the Choir performed in the Texas Pavilion Music Hall, filling nearly all 2,400 seats. The strong attendance numbers revealed the undeniable popularity of the Choir’s live performances, largely because they were so rare. They also performed the following day to record numbers.

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15 Stunning Mack Wilberg Arrangements

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg, is known around the world for his soul-stirring arrangements, which bring a renewed energy to well-known melodies. The 15 videos below are just a sampling of the hundreds of songs that have been arranged by Wilberg.

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Gladys Knight is "On Top of the World"

Gladys Knight's history with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir dates back to June, 2000, when they both performed at the 90th birthday celebration for then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley. She returned later that year as a guest of the Choir for its December, 2000 Christmas concert and again in 2005 for Hinckley's 95th birthday celebration. 

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