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The Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance with Dr. Gabriele Terrone

To showcase the organ and world-renowned organists, the new “Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series” presents its second concert on Friday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle with Dr. Gabriele Terrone, the organist and assistant director of music at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City. No tickets are required.

Few organs have such a storied history and are as well-known or highly regarded as the Tabernacle Organ on historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This world-renowned, iconic pipe organ with five manuals (keyboards) and 206 ranks of organ pipes is among the world’s largest instruments—and one of the most heralded. Its famous golden pipes, made of wood staves fashioned from Utah timber and visible on the front facade, still add to the sound of the famous instrument even today.

  • Tabernacle Performance: The “Tabernacle Virtuoso Organ Performance Series” is open to the public at no charge to all those eight years and older. Entrance to the Tabernacle will be through Temple Square’s west gate. To view a map check here.
  • Live Stream and On-Demand: This special concert will also be live streamed on the Choir’s YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022. After the performance ends, the video will be available on-demand as well.

Dr. Gabriele Terrone

Gabriele Terrone is the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2014. In this role, he is the principal organist and the principal assistant of the Cathedral Director of Music. He also serves as music faculty of the Madeleine Choir School, assisting with the training and preparation of the choristers, and as Director of the Eccles Organ Festival.  Dr. Terrone will perform music by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Morandi, Felix Mendelssohn, and César Franck for this special organ event.

Terrone was born in Rome, Italy, where he also received most of his music education, obtaining the Diploma in Organ and Composition from the Italian State Conservatory and afterward attended a postgraduate program in organ improvisation in the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Roma and the Hochschüle für Musik in Luzern (Switzerland). Terrone graduated with honors in Mathematics at La Sapienza University of Rome and earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Padova. Before coming to Utah, he served in the papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Roma, first as Assistant Organists then as Titular Organist.

The next performance of the “Tabernacle Organ Performance Series” is set for Friday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Dr. Andrew Unsworth, a much respected Tabernacle organist since 2007.

Other Tabernacle Organ Events

Since 1901 organists have showcased the remarkable Tabernacle organ in free noon recitals on Temple Square. What began as twice-a-week free event soon became a daily program and that tradition continues today. Check here for more information.

Join us! Organ Fest XIII, the popular annual organ event, will return on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle and features the five Tabernacle and Temple Square organists with the Assistant Organist from the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The public is invited; no tickets are required.

The organ is also featured in a weekly series, Piping Up! Organ Concerts at Temple Square, streamed every Wednesday on The Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel and website and also on