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February 2018 Articles

"The Iron Rod" Was Written by Two Sunday School Workers

“The Iron Rod” is a hymn composed by William Clayson, with lyrics by Joseph L. Townsend. The hymn is number 274 in the 1985 hymnal but was originally written for the Payson Sunday School in Utah, where both Townsend and Clayson were Sunday School workers. The hymn was first included in the Deseret Sunday School Song Book in 1892.

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Soloists for 2018 Messiah Concert Announced

On Thursday and Friday, March 22–23, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s Messiah in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. These performances continue a tradition begun in 2014 of performing Messiah live in the Tabernacle every two years. George Frideric Handel’s musical masterpiece, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. Composed by Handel in just 24 days, this 260-page work has been performed around the world for over 275 years.

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New CD Featuring Mack Wilberg Sacred Music Coming May 2018

Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the next recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Coming May 4, 2018, this anticipated new album features the premiere recordings of two larger-scale New Testament themed choral works composed by Mack Wilberg—with six additional compositions and three hymn arrangements—all previously unrecorded. 

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Come Visit 2018 Summer Schedule on Temple Square

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square invite the public to join them for free weekly public Thursday rehearsals and the Sunday Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The Bells on Temple Square also offer free Wednesday night public rehearsals. During the summer months and in December the Choir and Orchestra move their rehearsals and performances to the Conference Center to accommodate larger audiences.

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