The Tabernacle Choir Blog

July 2015 Articles

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Does “the Wave”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a well-oiled machine. With the Choir’s busy schedule, including weekly broadcasts, annual concerts, biennial tours, and CD recordings, Music Director Mack Wilberg calls it “a speeding train that does not stop to let its passengers off.” The Choir’s biweekly rehearsals are planned to the minute—new songs are often added to the already enormous repertoire, leaving little time to stop and celebrate achievements.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Announces 2016 European Tour

The time has finally come! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will be going on an international tour for the first time in 18 years as they visit eight European cities over 20 days from Monday, June 27, through Saturday, July 16, 2016. The Choir and Orchestra will kick off the tour with performances in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany, before heading to Vienna, Austria, and Zurich, Switzerland. They will then head back to Germany for a concert in Frankfurt, followed by concerts in Brussels, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, before concluding the tour in Paris, France. Venue and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

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Watch the Pioneer Day Concert Online Saturday Night

If you weren’t able to get tickets for the Pioneer Day concerts on July 17–18, 2015, you’re in luck! The concert will be streamed live on motab.org or on our YouTube channel at 8:00 p.m. on July 18, 2015. The concert, Music for a Summer Evening, will feature Laura Osnes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Orchestra at Temple Square performing Broadway favorites.

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Watch “The Star Spangled Banner” from Yankee Stadium

It was a beautiful night for baseball in the Bronx. The New York Yankees were set to face the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was on hand to lead off. In the middle its Atlantic Coast tour, the Choir made an important stop at Yankee Stadium to perform a pre-game patriotic medley titled “Cohan’s Big Three,” which includes “Yankee Doodle Boy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The medley was followed by a stirring performance of the national anthem.

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Major Sporting Events Where the Choir Has Performed

Talk about hitting a home run! On July 3, 2015, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir took the field at Yankee Stadium prior to the first pitch to sing “Cohan’s Big Three” (a patriotic medley) and “The Star Spangled Banner.” This performance marked the first time the Choir performs at the Stadium.

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Meet Zak—Choir’s #1 fan at Bethel Woods

Zak Breese, 26, had never seen the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live.  Until Bethel Woods.  “Awesome! Exciting!” were his words. He attended both the sound check in the afternoon and the concert in the evening and loved them both. He particularly enjoyed Mack Wilberg, Choir director, giving instructions to the singers.

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