The Tabernacle Choir Blog

April 2015 Articles

Students Use the Healing Power of Music to Overcome Tragedy

In 2009, Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan, causing billions of dollars worth of damage and leaving hundreds dead. Liouguei High School authorities set up a choir to help school children get back on their feet following the calamity. Volunteer conductor Chen Chun-chih said, “I was shocked by the children’s empty eyes when I visited Liouguei for the first time.” He added that because Liouguei is fairly isolated and rural, local children didn't have many places to go and spent much of their time at Internet cafes and convenience stores.

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9 Sam Cardon Arrangements Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Whether you know it or not, musical arrangements are a very important part of the music we consume every day. An arrangement is a new approach to an existing musical piece. When an artist records a cover song, it is almost always a new arrangement, which sometimes outperforms the original. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston became one of the best-selling singles of all time. Most people thought the 1992 hit was her own song, but Dolly Parton composed it as a country song in 1973. Aretha Franklin’s version of Otis Redding’s “Respect” is the go-to version for any American Idol singer looking to wow the audience.

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Acclaimed Soloists Join Orchestra and Chorale for Spring Concert

The glorious music of Brahms, Mozart, and Smetana will resound in the spring concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Ryan Murphy, associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will conduct the performances. (Tickets have all been distributed but patrons are encouraged to come for standby seating.)

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11 Videos From the Album Teach Me To Walk in the Light

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"He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” from the American Choral Directors Association Concert

It appeared as if the whole world was on the Conference Center stage during the American Choir Directors Association concert on Saturday, February 28, 2015. For the finale of the concert, the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir was joined by Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair, the Unites States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and five ACDA Honor Choirs—for a combined 1,700-voice choir. The result was a thrilling combination of voices, singing together as one. It seemed only fitting to close the event with the American spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” They were accompanied by 85 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.

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I Know That My Savior Loves Me

“I Know That My Savior Loves Me” is a children’s song composed by Tami Jeppson Creamer, with lyrics by Derena Bell. It was published in 2002 in the Friend magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first verse of the song describes children gathered around Jesus and being blessed by Him and feeling His love during His time on earth; the second verse describes how we can learn about Jesus and feel His love today.

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“This Little Light of Mine”—Performed by Sylvia McNair and the Choir

Those who were lucky enough to attend the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) concert in February were treated to a beautiful rendition of "This Little Light of Mine” by two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. McNair’s three-decade career spans the musical territories of musical theater and cabaret, opera, and oratorio, and she has been featured as a soloist with practically every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world. 

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General Conference Memes: April 2015

During general conference, we shared a series of memes on our social media channels in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Here is the complete collection of all ‪general conference images in each language. Which hymns inspired you the most? Click on the image to enlarge.

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Because He Lives

Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.

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7 Reasons to Follow the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Instagram

Are you following us on Instagram? If not, we would love to have you start following us today. We have an amazingly awesome, ever-growing collection of photos and videos that will cause you to be inspired, LOL, and find yourself saying "#MoTab for the #Win." To access our Instagram page, click here and then click the Follow button. Here are seven reasons to follow us today!

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See the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Tour—Tickets Still Available!

11 buses, 3 airplanes, 5 cities—the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is going on tour again! In June and July 2015, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will tour the Atlantic Coast, with stops in Bethesda, MD; Bethel Woods, NY; Saratoga Springs, NY; New York City, NY; and Boston, MA. The Choir and Orchestra will be joined byYouTube star Alex Boyé, who will be featured as a soloist.

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6,000 Hymns Were Submitted For 1985 Hymnbook

Each Sunday, members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather to worship and sing sacred hymns from the book's beloved pages. Twice a year, a general conference of the entire Church is broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah, where instruction is given by Church leaders, and hymns are sung by the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

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