Choir Returns Home to National Historic Landmark
There’s no place like home.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir goes “home” to the Tabernacle on August 28 for its regular Thursday rehearsal and for the weekly broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word the following Sunday, August 31. The Choir will stay in the Tabernacle until Memorial Day 2015 with the exception of General Conference participation and the entire month of December for the Christmas season.
One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the Tabernacle has been the home of the Choir since the pioneer structure was completed in 1867. The Tabernacle, renovated in 2005-2007, now seats about 3,000. The Choir spends the summer months in the 21,000-seat Conference Center just next door to accommodate the many visitors attending rehearsals and broadcasts.
The Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale all perform their concerts in the Tabernacle.
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright referred to the Tabernacle as “one of the architectural masterpieces of the country, perhaps the world.” The Salt Lake Tabernacle was the first building in the U.S. to be designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building is also acclaimed for its remarkable acoustics. When the Choir makes recordings, the Tabernacle becomes the studio as it will again during the week of September 8th for additional recording of Handel’s Messiah due out in 2015.