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Mormon Tabernacle Choir and BYU Broadcasting Win Emmys

Great news! BYU Broadcasting won several Emmys® recently at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Emmys®, including an Emmy® for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Emmy winners on Saturday, October 18.

“We are thrilled by this prestigious honor,” declared Ron Jarrett, President of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, “It is just another example of how the power of music can inspire and unite people of all ages. We certainly saw that with this remarkable concert.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor was recorded in October 2013 as part of the ongoing Tanner Gift of Music series, which was established and endowed by the late O. C. Tanner. The one-hour special showcases the talents of the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the world-renowned Utah Symphony, and the legendary Mr. Taylor, who performed hits from his 40-year career, including “Up on the Roof,” “The Water Is Wide,” “Shed a Little Light” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Carolyn Tanner Irish, Chair of the Board of the O.C. Tanner Company said, “The O.C. Tanner Company and the Tanner families are delighted to learn of the Emmy® Award for the James Taylor concert! That very popular event was performed live on two evenings, free of charge, to members of the public. It was the 16th offering of the Tanner Gift of Music series, endowed by Grace and Obert Tanner in 1983. We congratulate and thank James Taylor, the Utah Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and BYU Broadcasting for their collaborative talents and efforts!” 

 "We are deeply honored that Utah Symphony was part of a recording that was recognized at such an outstanding level of achievement,” added Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Melia Tourangeau. “Our partnerships with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, BYU Broadcasting and O.C. Tanner Company continue to exemplify how the power of music and community can change lives. We could not be more proud of the Emmy® win. Congratulations to all involved."

The concert originally aired on BYUtv in April 2014. For additional airings, please visit