The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a well-oiled machine. With the Choir’s busy schedule, including weekly broadcasts, annual concerts, biennial tours, and CD recordings, Music Director Mack Wilberg calls it “a speeding train that does not stop to let its passengers off.” The Choir’s biweekly rehearsals are planned to the minute—new songs are often added to the already enormous repertoire, leaving little time to stop and celebrate achievements.
The time has finally come! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will be going on an international tour for the first time in 18 years as they visit eight European cities over 20 days from Monday, June 27, through Saturday, July 16, 2016. The Choir and Orchestra will kick off the tour with performances in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany, before heading to Vienna, Austria, and Zurich, Switzerland. They will then head back to Germany for a concert in Frankfurt, followed by concerts in Brussels, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, before concluding the tour in Paris, France. Venue and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
This week Alex Boyé has been sharing the stage with the “America’s Choir” on the Atlantic Coast Tour. He even excited the Choir on the airplane, leading Choir members in an in-flight sing-along. Watch the video here. Last week Boyé was watched on millions of television screens across the Unites States when he and his band amazed the audience and judges with a rousing rendition of “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.
If you weren’t able to get tickets for the Pioneer Day concerts on July 17–18, 2015, you’re in luck! The concert will be streamed live on motab.org or on our YouTube channel at 8:00 p.m. on July 18, 2015. The concert, Music for a Summer Evening, will feature Laura Osnes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Orchestra at Temple Square performing Broadway favorites.
What do you do when you want to watch the Pioneer Day concert but you live outside of Utah or the United States? Simple—you stream it live on our website (thetabernaclechoir.org) Saturday night, July 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. If you prefer to use YouTube, click here to access youtube.com/tabchoir on July 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Twelve days on tour and the Choir is still singing. Choir members don’t get much of a break when they get home with Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals, Sunday morning Music & the Spoken Word broadcast and then the Pioneer Concert featuring award-winning Broadway star Laura Osnes. The concert, “Music for a Summer Evening” is July 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
Flags flying. Cannons blasting. Cadets marching. Fireworks. Drums and bugles, a crowd of more than 12,000. And the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Choir’s concert July 4, 2015 was an extravaganza of sounds and sights “Under the Stars” at the United States Military Academy best known as West Point.
It was a beautiful night for baseball in the Bronx. The New York Yankees were set to face the Tampa Bay Rays, and The Tabernacle Choir was on hand to lead off. In the middle of its Atlantic Coast tour, the Choir made an important stop at Yankee Stadium to perform a pre-game patriotic medley titled “Cohan’s Big Three,” which includes “Yankee Doodle Boy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The medley was followed by a stirring performance of the national anthem.
Talk about hitting a home run! On July 3, 2015, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir took the field at Yankee Stadium prior to the first pitch to sing “Cohan’s Big Three” (a patriotic medley) and “The Star Spangled Banner.” This performance marked the first time the Choir performs at the Stadium.
Why is Carnegie Hall “the place” to perform? Two words: design and legacy. According to the Carnegie Hall website (a resource worth visiting), “its remarkable architectural design and incredible legacy has made Carnegie Hall a national historic landmark and vital cultural center.”
Zak Breese, 26, had never seen the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live. Until Bethel Woods. “Awesome! Exciting!” were his words. He attended both the sound check in the afternoon and the concert in the evening and loved them both. He particularly enjoyed Mack Wilberg, Choir director, giving instructions to the singers.