The Tabernacle Choir Blog

August 2018 Articles

Guest Conductors
"Take a Bow"

Not many people get to conduct the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle and its companion ensemble, the Orchestra at Temple Square. At each of the seven concerts on the recent Classic Coast tour, Mack Wilberg handed off the baton to a community leader, giving each of them an opportunity to conduct the encore, “This Land Is Your Land.”

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Songs from South Pacific: Featuring Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly

The 2018 Pioneer Day concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square focused on a Broadway theme, with narration provided by Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II. Delivering the songs were two of Broadway’s hottest stars, Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly. In addition to songs from The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, and Oklahoma, the concert also included music from South Pacific

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President Ron Jarrett: Moving the Choir Forward for 6 Years

In August of 2012, Ron Jarrett began serving as the president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization—a massive musical organization of 700-plus volunteers that includes the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, and Temple Square Chorale. As the president he also oversees the Choir’s operations, staff, and marketing to make sure things run smoothly and that programs stay within budget.

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“Be Still, My Soul”: Mack Wilberg’s Peaceful Arrangement

“Be Still, My Soul,” was written by Katharina von Schlegal (1697–1768) and was originally written in German, titled “Stille, mein Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen.” The music was composed by Johann (Jean) Julius Christian Sibelius, who was born in Finland in 1865. The hymn was added to the hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1985.

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All You Wanted to Know about the 2018 Classic Coast Tour!

On July 3, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square completed their successful 2018 Classic Coast Tour. It included seven concerts in Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Rohnert Park, and Mountain View, California; Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington. They performed in beautiful concert halls and premier outdoor venues to standing ovations from the enthusiastic audiences thrilled by the variety and spirit of the beautiful music they presented.

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How Do I Attend a Free Organ Recital on Temple Square?

If you plan to visit Salt Lake City, this is the perfect opportunity to witness world-class organists performing world-class music. You can attend a free 30-minute organ recital every day of the week, and you can count on the organists to be at the top of their game at all times. Principal Tabernacle organist Richard Elliott commented, “I have always wanted to win friends for the organ. If you go back in time, you’ll find that it was a well-respected instrument. Mozart called the organ the ‘King of Instruments.’ In his era, the two most impressive feats of human engineering were considered to be the mechanical clock and the pipe organ.”

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Continues Messiah Tradition!

One of the world’s most beloved musical works, George Frideric Handel’s musical masterpiece Messiah—first premiered by Handel in the spring of 1742—will be presented once again by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in April 2020! This continues a biennial tradition begun in 2014.

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5 Sunny Songs to Brighten Your Day

Every once in a while, a bad day will come along where nothing seems to go your way. Maybe you slept through your alarm, missed the bus, spilled on your work clothes, or said something you wish you could take back. Whatever the reason for your bad day, it can and will get better.

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