In 2009, Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan, causing billions of dollars worth of damage and leaving hundreds dead. Liouguei High School authorities set up a choir to help school children get back on their feet following the calamity. Volunteer conductor Chen Chun-chih said, “I was shocked by the children’s empty eyes when I visited Liouguei for the first time.” He added that because Liouguei is fairly isolated and rural, local children didn't have many places to go and spent much of their time at Internet cafes and convenience stores.
Whether you know it or not, musical arrangements are a very important part of the music we consume every day. An arrangement is a new approach to an existing musical piece. When an artist records a cover song, it is almost always a new arrangement, which sometimes outperforms the original. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston became one of the best-selling singles of all time. Most people thought the 1992 hit was her own song, but Dolly Parton composed it as a country song in 1973. Aretha Franklin’s version of Otis Redding’s “Respect” is the go-to version for any American Idol singer looking to wow the audience.
“Habanera” is a popular aria from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera, Carmen. The aria is also referred to as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle," which means "Love is a rebellious bird." The name “Habanera” came from a type of Cuban dance that was brought to Spain by sailors and gained popularity in the 19th century.
The glorious music of Brahms, Mozart, and Smetana will resound in the spring concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Ryan Murphy, associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will conduct the performances. (Tickets have all been distributed but patrons are encouraged to come for standby seating.)
It appeared as if the whole world was on the Conference Center stage during the American Choir Directors Association concert on Saturday, February 28, 2015. For the finale of the concert, the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir was joined by Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair, the Unites States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and five ACDA Honor Choirs—for a combined 1,700-voice choir. The result was a thrilling combination of voices, singing together as one. It seemed only fitting to close the event with the American spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” They were accompanied by 85 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.
The Old Testament book of Joshua, chapter 6, records the amazing account of the Israelite army overthrowing the city of Jericho. This fascinating story shows how keeping the commandments lead to the fulfillment of God’s promises.
“I Know That My Savior Loves Me” is a children’s song composed by Tami Jeppson Creamer, with lyrics by Derena Bell. It was published in 2002 in the Friend magazine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first verse of the song describes children gathered around Jesus and being blessed by Him and feeling His love during His time on earth; the second verse describes how we can learn about Jesus and feel His love today.
The Bells on Temple Square will take center stage at Brigham Young University-Idaho on April 24 for their concert “Joyfully Ring” at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth Barrus Concert Hall. This program, at the invitation of the University, marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Bells on Temple Square. Tickets are available at byui.universitytickets.com
Those who were lucky enough to attend the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) concert in February were treated to a beautiful rendition of "This Little Light of Mine” by two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. McNair’s three-decade career spans the musical territories of musical theater and cabaret, opera, and oratorio, and she has been featured as a soloist with practically every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world.
During general conference, we shared a series of memes on our social media channels in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Here is the complete collection of all general conference images in each language. Which hymns inspired you the most? Click on the image to enlarge.
Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then He was crucified. But His death was not the end. Because of His Resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Because He lives, we can find His help and healing every day of our lives.
"Come unto Jesus" was written by Orson Pratt Huish and was included in the 1948 hymn book of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Watch the Choir singing the hymn from April 2012 general conference, with lyrics below:
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During the April 1972 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former Apostle Bruce R. McConkie shared a stirring, personal talk titled "The Testimony of Jesus." In his address, he revealed his personal witness of Christ and shared a poem he wrote, titled “I Believe in Christ.” Before sharing the poem he stated the following:
11 buses, 3 airplanes, 5 cities—the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is going on tour again! In June and July 2015, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will tour the Atlantic Coast, with stops in Bethesda, MD; Bethel Woods, NY; Saratoga Springs, NY; New York City, NY; and Boston, MA. The Choir and Orchestra will be joined byYouTube star Alex Boyé, who will be featured as a soloist.
Kids love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—and we have proof! We’ve gathered some amazing videos of children singing, dancing, and even conducting along with America’s Choir. If your kids should happen to use their talents while the Choir sings during general conference or any other occasion, make sure to post your video and tag the Choir on social media.
Each Sunday, members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather to worship and sing sacred hymns from the book's beloved pages. Twice a year, a general conference of the entire Church is broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah, where instruction is given by Church leaders, and hymns are sung by the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir.