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Album Review: ‘Let the Season In’ highlights the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s tradition of excellence

Back in his younger days with the BYU Men’s Chorus, Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg was developing his penchant for showmanship and spectacle. In his first concert with the men’s chorus, he tagged on a medley of tunes from “Paint Your Wagon,” signaling to everyone a change in direction for the chorus. (From there, it grew from only 45 members to 230 when he left and one of the premiere male collegiate choirs in the nation.) He’d split the chorus into four different groups and had them enter as a processional. Once it was cowboy and western songs with pieces like “The Colorado Trail,” or “The Blue-bell Bull,” an early tribute to bull riders everywhere, another time he brought the house down at the start of the show beginning with a group of college fight songs, beginning with USC’s—where he got his Ph.D. in music—and of course finishing with the Cougar Fight Song. Read More