The Tabernacle Choir Blog

YouTube Milestone; Choir Retirements; Chorale Concert Tickets Available

You Tube Views Reach 2 Million

The “Hallelujah Chorus” maybe in order for the Mormon Tabernacle’s latest milestone. On April 6, the Choir surpassed 2 million views on its YouTube channel in less than six months. And this is just the beginning. Anyone, anywhere, can now hear the Choir in weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts and in special concerts. View/visit/subscribe to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MormonTabChoir.

Choir Bids Farewell and Welcome to Singers

You won’t be seeing all the same faces on You Tube posts. This month the Mormon Tabernacle Choir bids farewell to 28 members who are have reached either 60 years of age or 20 years of service and welcomes 56 new members to the loft. The transition is seamless but not without emotion. The changeover is either exhilarating and tender depending on whether you are coming or going. Those retiring from the Choir—13 women and 15 men—will be spotlighted individually in the once-a-year tribute following the Music & the Spoken Word broadcast on April 21, 2013. Few, if any, members of the Choir look forward to that last performance. Many, who have sung with the Choir for from 5 to 20 years, leave friends, tour memories and singular music and missionary experiences never to be forgotten.

Those joining the Choir—35 women and 21 men—will sing with the Choir that same morning for the first time. They were selected from 138 applicants and have been participating in the Choir Training School and Temple Square Chorale since January.

Temple Square Chorale Concerts Still Available

The Temple Square Chorale accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square will present its annual concert April 19-20, 2013 in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. The first half of the program will feature Gloria by Francis Poulenc, a major work with soprano soloist Elizabeth Pike Murdock under the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale. The second half of the concert will offer a variety of sacred anthems, including new compositions by Murphy, as well as music by John Rutter and Edgar Bainton. Click here for free tickets or call 801-570-0080.