When Santino Fontana took the stage during the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert, he said, "This is a big first for me tonight. And it's going to be a night of firsts for all of us." Later, just before he performed the song "How to Handle a Woman", he revisited his previous statement: "I said this is a night of firsts. This really is. I have to take a selfie." With that, Fontana took out his smartphone, snapped a couple photos, and made history. Later, Fontana posted the photos to Twitter and Instagram.
A behind-the-scenes look of the first and only rehearsal of the "Happy Medley", the popular song from the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert featuring Pharrell's "Happy", with Santino Fontana, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Orchestra at Temple Square. Hear Mack Wilberg and Fontana discuss the logistics of this crowd-pleasing piece.
Santino Fontana and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform a "Happy" Medley including "Happy" by singer/producer Pharrell Williams.
"Tonight", "Something's Coming", and "Somewhere", all songs from Broadway's West Side Story, were performed during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2014 Pioneer Day concert. Broadway star Santino Fontana joined the Choir for "Something's Coming". Watch the performances below:
Tabernacle Organist Richard Elliott and the Orchestra at Temple Square perform "Hot Pipes" (Movement no. 4 - Jazz Concerto for Organ and Orchestra) from the 2014 Pioneer Day concert featuring Santino Fontana.
It is an enviable record! Four thousand, four hundred twenty-six (4,426) completed broadcasts. Count them.
The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” is just around the corner. It begins tomorrow and continues on Saturday. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m.
“What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?” is a poem written by Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Janice Kapp Perry’s niece, Kathleen Blacker, was battling cancer, the poem brought more comfort than anything else. The poem was so special to Blacker that she requested President Hinckley’s permission to print the poem on her funeral program. Her request was granted, with well wishes from the prophet.
The Story of How a Former Choir Conductor Walked out of the Tabernacle Before "God Be with You Till We Meet Again" Was Finished
The tradition of closing every Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast with “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” is a long one, but here's how the tradition of the music conductor singing, rather than leading, during the song began.
The Osmonds have been performing together for over 50 years, a remarkable feat to say the least. People all over the world have connected the Osmond family with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), for as long as they’ve been a household name. It only seemed natural to celebrate their 50-year anniversary with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so that’s just what they did. "Can you imagine 50 years? It's unbelievable, and the life they have lived, the example they have set, not only for the Church, but the entire world!" said Mac Christensen, former president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Episode 4267 of Music & the Spoken Word was broadcast on June 26, 2011. This special edition of Music and the Spoken Word featured the Mormon Tabernacle Choir away from its normal venue at the Salt Lake Tabernacle and at various locations in the United States. Venues in the episode include, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and Red Rocks Amphitheatre just outside Denver, Colorado.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is pleased to announce its collaboration with Candlelight Media Group on a new feature length motion picture currently titled “Singing with Angels.” This inspirational movie will be produced by Silver Peak Productions this fall, and distributed by Candlelight Media Group.
The Century of Progress Exposition was a World’s Fair held in Chicago between 1933 and 1934. As part of the event, Ford Motor Company constructed its own exhibit that featured, among other things, a museum and concert hall. Subsequently, Ford would bring in musical acts, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A history of the Choir’s involvement in Chicago is documented in A Century of Singing, a book by J. Spencer Cornwall. An excerpt is below:
A February 2007 article in the Ensignmagazine reported that the Choir was honored with the Mother Teresa Award. Read the section below:
Did you miss the Choir’s 2013 tour to the upper Midwest? Here’s your chance to catch up on some of the action and excitement that happens when the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square travel the country. Make sure to plan ahead when the Choir hits the road in 2015 for their Atlantic Coast Tour.
In 1985, Ronald D. John was employed as manager of Temple Square operations. Among other responsibilities, John was in charge of preparing and maintaining Temple Square buildings, such as the Tabernacle, for events.
On January 25, 1900, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir closed its regular Thursday evening rehearsal and set out for an impromptu performance for President Lorenzo Snow. According to a Salt Lake Tribune article published the following day, the Choir gathered outside President Snow’s residence and began singing. Later, the group was invited in and sang additional hymns; the visit concluded with a few words from President Smith and handshakes. An excerpt from the article is below.
In 1910, the Choir was the first large performing group to have its music successfully recorded. In 2010, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir released the album 100 Years: Celebrating a Century of Recording Excellence. The album contains treasures such as “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “The Impossible Dream.”
Read the Incredibly Warm Welcome the Choir Received When Opening Its 1955 European Tour in Glasgow, Scotland
In 1955 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir toured in Europe. The Choir boarded a ship named Saxonia in Montreal and set sail. The first performance was held in Glasgow, Scotland. A reception was given for the entire Choir at the council chambers. Andrew Hood, Lord Provost of Glasgow welcomed the Choir with a very warm and welcoming speech, recorded in J. Spencer Cornwall’s book, A Century of Singing. Below is an excerpt:
The 2013 Independence Day Special Edition of Music & the Spoken Word was recently uploaded to the Choir's YouTube channel. Below you'll find the songs from the broadcast as well as the full episode.
The Face to Face LDS Youth event on Facebook was a huge success! People around the world were able to watch the event in real time and participate in a question and answer session with the recently returned missionary, David Archuleta. For those of you who missed it, you’re in luck because you can watch the entire video below or here. This inspiring video will only be available until June 2015, so make sure to watch it while you can. The event was moderated by David L. Beck, Young Men General President, and Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President.
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In 1941 Helen Keller came to Salt Lake City to receive a copy of the Book of Mormon in Braille. While visiting Temple Square, Keller addressed a group inside the Tabernacle. Before the meeting was dismissed, Keller requested a performance of "Come, Come, Ye Saints" by the Tabernacle organist.