During the October 2014 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed “If I Listen with My Heart,” by composer Sally DeFord. The arrangement sung was by the Choir’s associate director Ryan Murphy.
Let the Count-down begin! Each Friday, from now until the concert, we will reveal new Sesame Street guests who will take part in this year’s Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Last week we re-introduced you to Santino Fontana, who will be joining the lovable Muppets® from Sesame Street® for our Christmas extravaganza.
Christmas, 1843, the hottest item on the shelves in England was a little book entitled A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The young novelist, father of four (soon to be five), needed to quickly earn sufficient funds to meet mounting obligations. He walked the streets of London trying to shape a story and from his observations he created the beloved characters of Scrooge, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and a series of flying ghosts that would catch hold of readers' hearts-for centuries.
Great news! BYU Broadcasting won several Emmys® recently at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Emmys®, including an Emmy® for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents an Evening with James Taylor. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Emmy winners on Saturday, October 18.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s associate director, Ryan Murphy, has arranged many of the songs that have been performed by the Choir throughout recent years. His arrangements cover a variety of styles from children’s music to Broadway to sacred hymns.
Basketball…and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Wait, what? Many people might not realize it, but the Choir has a history with the NBA that dates back to when they first performed the national anthem at a Utah Jazz game in 2001. Let's take a moment to look at some of the Choir’s basketball history.
The Christmas magic that filled the Conference Center last Christmas can now fill your home and your heart with the release of Let the Season In. Available in both CD and DVD formats, the new products feature the Choir and the Orchestra at their holiday best with two special guest stars: world-renowned vocalist Deborah Voigt and charming actorJohn Rhys-Davies.
Santino is back! If you happened to miss his performance in the 2014 Pioneer Day concert make sure to watch the video below. Watch this clip of Fontana as he pulls his phone out mid-concert and takes a selfie in the Conference Center.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir expresses its sincere condolences to the family of composer, Stephen Paulus, who passed away Sunday at the age of 65. He died of medical complications, which resulted from a severe stroke that he suffered on July 4, 2013.
Jerold Ottley started his career as an educator and planned to keep it that way. When Ottley was asked to be the assistant director for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, he was hesitant because of his commitment to the University of Utah, where he and Choir director Jay Welch were music educators. Ottley worked out an arrangement with the University of Utah to split his time between the University and the Choir. He enjoyed his role with the Choir, saying, “Well, this is the best of all possible worlds, because I’ll have the opportunity to work with the Choir from time to time and be associated with its development, but I wouldn’t have the prime responsibility. I could have my cake and eat it too, as it were.”
“God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand” communicates a feeling of patriotism and honors the greatness of God. The hymn’s origins can be traced back to 1876, when the United States was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Daniel C. Roberts wrote the text for the hymn to be used during a small patriotic celebration in Vermont. The lyrics ask God to continue to guide and protect us as He has done in the past.
In 2002, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was to hold their first Primary satellite broadcast, and Janice Kapp Perry was given the task to write a song for the conference. As she has so often done before, she retreated to her mountain cabin, where she could have a peaceful environment with no phone or interruptions.
This weekend, audiences will be treated to the 15th Anniversary Concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square. The concerts will be Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
There are bad obsessions and there are good obsessions—if you constantly find yourself glued to your phone watching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel…that would be a good obsession. To help you figure out if you’re beyond a cure, here are 7 telltale signs that you might be obsessed with our videos. See where you rank below:
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg, is known around the world for his soul-stirring arrangements, which bring a renewed energy to well-known melodies. The 15 videos below are just a sampling of the hundreds of songs that have been arranged by Wilberg.
Fifty years ago, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wowed audiences at the New York World’s Fair with a full concert of traditional hymns to old-time classics. The Choir was part of the Mormon Pavilion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the much-acclaimed World’s Fair. The intent of the pavilion, with its replica of the Salt Lake Temple, murals depicting the history of the Church, and the film “Man’s Search for Happiness,” was to introduce what many then considered an obscure religion to a national audience. Familiar with the popular Music & the Spoken Word, which had been on the air since 1929 and had an immense following, the Fair leadership pressed for the Choir to perform. On Sunday, July 26, the Choir performed in the Texas Pavilion Music Hall, filling nearly all 2,400 seats. The strong attendance numbers revealed the undeniable popularity of the Choir’s live performances, largely because they were so rare. They also performed the following day to record numbers.
Gladys Knight's history with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir dates back to June, 2000, when they both performed at the 90th birthday celebration for then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley. She returned later that year as a guest of the Choir for its December, 2000 Christmas concert and again in 2005 for Hinckley's 95th birthday celebration.
Most Mormon Tabernacle Choir fans are familiar with David Archuleta, guest artist from the Choir's 2010 Christmas concerts. He performed to capacity crowds of over 21,000 people a night. The video of the concert is enormously popular on YouTube where it has amassed over 750,000 views. Now David is making news again thanks in part to a song he performed for the new Meet The Mormons film.