The Tabernacle Choir Blog

November 2014 Articles

How Lindsey Stirling Became an Internet Sensation

In 2013, Lindsey Stirling joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day Concerts. She was performing as a guest artist in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she had been to watch performances in previous years. She was a star in her own right, but before the huge arenas, millions of YouTube views, awards, and screaming fans at her sold out concerts, Lindsey Stirling was doing everything she could to make it in the music business, without much luck.

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Hallelujah! It's a Messiah Sing-In

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir join the Utah Symphony in a beloved holiday tradition, Handel's Messiah Sing-In, on November 29, 2014, in Abravanel Hall. The Choir members will be seated in the audience, lending their voices to what will be a 2,000-voice chorus. Utah Symphony Maestro Thierry Fischer will conduct the concert. The Symphony will also present the masterpiece on November 30.

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The Author of “Love is Spoken Here” Became a Member of the Choir

The origin of “Love Is Spoken Here” is one of good timing and inspiration. The song’s author, Janice Kapp Perry, was in need of a title for a song she was going to enter into a song contest for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During a party she was attending, she turned to her husband and said, “Could you give me a good idea for the song contest? When he asked when the deadline was, her reply was “Two days.” He then asked how long she knew about it, to which she replied, “Just this one . . . year.” As they were leaving the party, her husband saw a cross-stitch sampler above the kitchen sink that said "Love Is Spoken Here." He said, “There’s your title, get busy.”

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Face to Face with Lindsey Stirling

In the summer of 2013 violinist, Lindsey Stirling, joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day Concerts. The concerts were held on July 19, and 20 in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She performed her hit song, “Elements,” along with the Choir, as well as “Poor Little Lambs” and “Scotland, the Brave/Simple Gifts.”

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Broadcast Number 4,444!

4,444—it’s just fun to write that number. Sunday, November 16, 2014, when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir takes their seats in the Tabernacle loft and cameras begin to roll, it will mark the 4,444th time.

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Let the Season in Premiere

Everyone loves to go behind the scenes. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Premieres does just that. You have watched music director Mack Wilberg conduct the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and now you can listen to him share his thoughts about the recently released recording of the 2013 Christmas concert, Let the Season In. (Click on mormontabernaclechoir.org/interviews now or on the Mormon Channel starting on Monday, November 17.)

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"Glorious" by David Archuleta—Fan Supercut Video

When Meet the Mormons was released in October, the song “Glorious,” performed by David Archuleta quickly gained over 1 million views on YouTube. At the time, we wrote an article titled, Watch David Archuleta’s New Video for “Glorious,” from Meet The Mormons. The popularity of the song led Meet the Mormons to issue a video contest and the response was overwhelming, with fans around the world submitting over 420 videos. The countries represented in the video range from the Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Canada, Costa Rica, and many from the United States.

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Watch Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Performed Using Only Handbells

The Marriage of Figaro premiered on May 1, 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed the opera, also conducted the first two performances while seated at the keyboard. Another famed composed Johannes Brahms said, “In my opinion, each number inFigaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect; nothing like it was ever done again, not even by Beethoven."

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The Story Behind "Trumpet Tune in Seven" (Organ Solo)

In this video, Tabernacle organist Andrew Unsworth plays an organ solo titled “Trumpet Tune in Seven.” The tune was originally written as a choral piece titled “Break Forth in Concert,” which the composer, Jim Kasen, wasn’t quite satisfied with. He explained: “I decided to rework the entire thing as an organ solo and dedicate it to Andy (Andrew Unsworth). I’ve long had a profound sense of admiration for him and felt the dancing meter was representative of his light-heartedness and goodness. It turned out to be a very good fit.”

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Christmas Character Reveal Elmo

We are pleased to introduce another Sesame Street Christmas concert guest—if you haven’t guessed from the photo above, our character reveal of the week is…Elmo! If you listened to the announcement with Doug Wright, KSL Radio host, on the Doug Wright Show, this comes as no surprise, but we wanted to give each of our distinguished guests a proper introduction.

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Bells On Temple Square Will Be Ringing Soon

You know the familiar tune “Sing We Now of Christmas.” This season, the Bells on Temple Square add a twist to the favorite title, calling their popular annual concert “Ring We Now of Christmas.” Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, this handbell concert promises to be a holiday favorite.

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Remembering a Milestone: The Choir’s 4000th Broadcast

On April 30, 2006, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir marked its 4000th broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The occasion was celebrated with notable guests such as then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, and former director of the Choir, Jerold Ottley. A special recorded message from President George W. Bush was played during the program where he said:

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The Top 5 Blog Posts of October 2014

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir launched its official blog in January 2014. It is continually updated with unique content including videos, hymn histories, behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, announcements, Choir history and more. You can find all of our blog articles at www.motab.org/blog

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