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Learn More about the 2019 Tanner Gift of Music Concert!

The Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony on Friday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m. will present the O. C. Tanner Gift of Music in the Conference Center at Temple Square as part of Utah’s Golden Spike 150th Celebration events and activities. The Choir and Symphony will be joined on stage by two talented Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty as they celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad. On a historical note, the Choir and Symphony have performed together at both the 50th and 100th anniversaries of this event. It seemed only fitting they perform together again for the 150th.


Complimentary tickets for this concert have all been distributed. Standby seating may be available and overflow viewing will be broadcast to the Tabernacle.

Golden Spike 150th Anniversary

On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, one of the most important historical events in American history took place with the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which unified the country by rail. As the last rails were laid—and the ceremonial golden spike was driven—shortly after 12:30 p.m., the promised telegraph signal alerted everyone across the nation that the work had been completed and the nation was forever changed. Check here to learn about other activities and events planned to celebrate this historical achievement.

History of Tanner Gift of Music Concerts

The O. C. Tanner Gift of Music Concert series began in 1983 from the combined vision of the late Utah philanthropist O. C. Tanner and Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These two life-long neighbors and friends wanted to share the talents of The Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony as a free gift to the community through periodic concerts. Through a generous endowment established by Mr. Tanner and his family, this will be the Choir and Symphony’s 18th concert and gift to the community.