The Tabernacle Choir Blog

December 2014 Articles

Beloved Actor Edward Herrmann Passes Away at Age 71

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to offer its sincere condolences to the family of award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71. He died Wednesday, December 31 at New York Hospital where he was being treated for a stage 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor. His manager Robbie Kass said, “Besides being an accomplished actor, Ed was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man…he will be sorely missed.”

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Mack Wilberg's Arrangement of "Fum, Fum, Fum": The History and Lyrics

“Fum, Fum, Fum” is a Catalonian Christmas carol that originated in the 16th or 17th century. The word “fum” has many meanings ranging from the sound of a rocking cradle, the sound of a drum, the strum of a guitar or playing on a fiddle. The literal definition of “fum” in Catalan means smoke, which could refer to smoke rising from a chimney.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Takes Part in Record-Breaking Nativity

The previous record for the world’s largest live nativity scene, with 898 people, took place last year in the United Kingdom. That record was recently broken when 1,039 people dressed as wise men, shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, participated in a huge production to re-create the Savior's birth as part of a larger movement for sharing the gift of Christ. The event took place at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah and was witnessed by Guinness World Record judge Michael Empric.

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2014 Christmas Concert Ticket Giveaway

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Top 5 Blog Articles of November 2014

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir launched its official blog in January 2014. It is now loaded with unique content including Choir videos, hymn histories, behind-the-scenes video, interviews, announcements, Choir history and more.

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The Unforgettable Natalie Cole

Update (1/1/16): Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to express its sincere condolences to her family. In a press conference during her 2009 guest appearance with the Choir, Cole said, '"I really think we are here to honor our Lord Jesus Christ. He will be definitely honored, and I'm sure he's pleased. It's so nice to take the 'I' out of it and make it a team effort." She also lovingly referred to the Choir as her "Wonderful backup singers."

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