The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Fall Orchestra Concert features Haydn and Rachmaninoff

Ask Igor Gruppman, a world renowned conductor, violinist and concert leader who has performed with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, what distinguishes the Orchestra at Temple Square from others and he is quick to explain, “What I can share with the Orchestra at Temple Square is the understanding and testimony of where the music is coming from, its divine mission, the life and dedication of the composer who wrote it.  My work with the Orchestra opens this door and allows us to share a complete experience.”

For ten years now, Igor has conducted the Orchestra at Temple Square. It is an all-volunteer orchestra—highly unusual as orchestras go.  He has found their musicianship superb and professional and their ability to carry the spirit to the hearts of those in the audience a spiritual gift. “What we bring is the message of love to everybody, because music is understood without words,” he explains. “We bring a level of reverence with the eye single to the glory of God.”

The fall Orchestra concert, “An Austrian Cello Concerto and a Russian Symphony,” coming up Friday and Saturday, October 18-19 at 7:30 in the Tabernacle promises to showcase both the Choir and guest artist Daniel Gaisford, celebrated American cellist.   The first half of the program will feature Haydn’s Cello Concerto no. 1 and the second half of the evening, the Orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff’s Symphony no. 2 in E Minor.

Tickets to the event have been distributed but patrons are encouraged to come for standby seating which is almost always available.