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To put the size of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir tour into perspective, it helps to know a few important facts:
- The Choir, Orchestra, and guests travel with about 1,200 pieces of luggage.
- Eleven buses and multiple trucks are used to transport the entire touring company and equipment.
- In addition to approximately 300 Choir members, 65 Orchestra members accompany the tour.
In addition to the size of the tour, the impact of the music cannot be understated. While on tour, the Choir and Orchestra will perform for thousands of people in California, Washington, and Canada—hearts will be touched through the spirit and power of the music, and a lifelong impact will be made on audiences.
Seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform live should be a bucket list item for everyone. Thomas S. Monson, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once said, “I do not hesitate to profess that there is no finer choir in the entire world. … Perhaps you have listened to their albums or seen them on television. Until you have experienced a live concert, however, you cannot appreciate all that they have to offer.” Choir president Ron Jarrett affirmed, “We go on tour because there is nothing like listening to the Choir in person.”
As new memories are being made during the next couple of weeks across the West Coast, we have some favorite tour memories of our own to share.
On July 3, 2015, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Yankee Stadium. It doesn’t get much better than that.
In 2009, during the central U.S. tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed “Danny Boy” at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Watch:
The Choir performs “Amazing Grace” from the banks of the Missouri River, which was filmed while the Choir was on tour in 2011.
During an eastern states tour on June 21, 2011, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made a stop in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch what happened next (go to 3:26 in the video).
Zak Breese, the Choir’s #1 fan, tells why he loves the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His parents, Judy and Dave Breese, discuss how the music of the Choir has touched Zak and how it has helped them get to know him on a level they wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was surprised to find out they were performing for more than 10,000 spectators at the 2015 Fourth of July concert “Music Under the Stars.” Watch:
During the Choir’s 2016 European tour, the Choir ended their concert series in Rotterdam, Netherlands, performing “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” in Dutch.
While on tour in 2015, the Choir and Orchestra were asked to help out with a little experiment—they were given the following guidelines for their free time:
Use your cell phone camera and film yourself or a group singing or playing the first verse of “America the Beautiful” in various locations using your voice or instrument.
Key: C Major
Watch the “beautiful” results:
Fresh off his America’s Got Talent debut, Alex Boyé helped get the Choir off to a joyous start to their Atlantic Coast tour while flying to their first tour stop. “Hallelujah!”