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Classical 89’s Organ Fest XIII Showcases Organists on Tabernacle Organ

Organ Fest XIII, a popular annual event prior to COVID, returns to the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this free concert and enjoy the majestic sound of the amazing Tabernacle organ when it is played by six talented organists from our community.

Since 2008, the five Tabernacle and Temple Square organists have joined with the organist from the Cathedral of the Madeleine to celebrate organ music and to support organ music programming on Classical 89, Utah’s classical radio station.

This annual concert has alternated in previous years between the Salt Lake Tabernacle and the Cathedral of the Madeleine in order to feature both famous organs. After a two-year pause due to COVID, the annual concert returns again. This program is given as a gift to the community from Classical 89, the individual organists, the Cathedral, and the Choir.

2022 Organists and Music

This year’s program will feature organists Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts, and Joseph Peeples from the Tabernacle organ staff, as well as James Goldrick, a native of the United Kingdom. and Australia who recently assumed the post of assistant organist at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The OrganFest XIII program will include music by Bach, Diemer, Dunstable, Locklair, Mulet, Susato, Vierne, Walther, Weaver, and Widor..

Gabriele Terrone, the Cathedral’s organist and assistant director of music is unable to join OrganFest XIII but will be the featured soloist under the auspices of the newly created Virtuoso Organ Performance Series on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle.

Tickets are not required

Admission is free and is open to everyone eight years and older. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and patrons should plan to be in their seats by 7:15 p.m.

Access to Temple Square

Entry to the Tabernacle is through the gates on West Temple Street. Due to construction on Temple Square, please review current access on the map here.

The concert will be recorded and rebroadcast on Classical 89 on Sunday, October 30, at 12:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (mountain time), where you can listen or stream it over the internet.

More Information: Organs, Organists, and Organ Events on Temple Square

  • To learn more about all of the organs on Temple Square, click here.
  • To learn more about the Tabernacle and Temple Square organist, click here.
  • To attend the daily Temple Square Organ Recitals, learn more here.
  • To stream the weekly Piping Up! Organ Concerts on Temple Square each Wednesday—either live or on-demand— check The Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel here.
  • To attend or stream the quarterly Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series check here.
  • To watch a variety of previous organ performance videos on Temple Square, click here.