What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

October 2015 Articles

“Bring Him Home”: Alfie Boe Returns to Broadway in Les Misérables

Opera singer Alfie Boe is back on Broadway as Jean Valjean in the hit Broadway musical Les Misérables. Boe has admitted that Valjean is a special role for him and that it took his career to a new level when he sang in Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary  at London’s O2 Arena in 2010. "That was the moment that turned my career around. . . . It's something that I'll respect for the rest of my career, something I hold very dear to my heart," said Boe. His Broadway run began September 1, 2015, and marks his first return to Broadway since his debut in La Bohème in 2002.

J. Spencer Kinard Retires After 32 Years of Service

Longtime friend and former Music & the Spoken Word announcer J. Spencer Kinard has retired after 32 years of service with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization. Kinard has served as a Sunday morning host since the concept of having a host address the audience was inaugurated in the fall of 2002.  Kinard, Duane Cardall, Mark Eubank, and Kent Norton were the initial four hosts and Ruth Todd has also served as a host. With Kinard’s departure to serve an LDS mission with his wife in Washington, DC, an interesting new hosting arrangement will be made to fill his shoes. Watch for a future blog with this announcement.

The Story Behind “The Washington Post March” by John Philip Sousa

“The Washington Post March” is one of the most popular marches in the United States and many other parts of the world. John Philip Sousa, who was the United States Marine Band Director, composed it in 1889 at the request of the Washington Post newspaper for an awards ceremony. The ceremony, which took place on June 15, 1889, honored 11 winners of the newspaper's Amateur Author essay contest and was held in front of 25,000 people assembled on the grounds of the Smithsonian.

Broadway Star Laura Osnes and Beloved British Actor Martin Jarvis Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concert

Back by popular demand after charming audiences at this summer’s Pioneer Day concert, Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on December 17, 18 and 19 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Taking the stage with Osnes will be acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis. Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, these powerhouse talents will ring in the holiday spirit for audiences young and old.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featured on ESPN's College GameDay

There it was on television screens across America—an image of Mack Wilberg holding the baton and conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performing “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. But something was different: this wasn’t a Music & the Spoken Word broadcast or a concert rerun on BYUtv—this was on ESPN. Yes, that ESPN.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings the University of Utah Fight Song on ESPN's College GameDay

Beloved sports icon, the late Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu, all over again.”
Three weeks ago, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was featured singing Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus on ESPN’s College GameDay in honor of the two back-to-back, game winning Hail Mary passes from BYU freshman Tanner Mangum (See previous story). What a difference three weeks can make! Now another ESPN appearance for the Choir but the team and the music are different. This time the team is the University of Utah Utes and music the Choir sang is the U's fight song, “Utah Man.”

Guest Artists Speak of What’s Good in the World

Guest artists share more than just the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Many appreciate the Choir’s feelings of hope, peace, and joy expressed in song. In both interviews and personal conversation, these new friends of the Choir speak of how they have felt at home with the Choir and blessed by the experience.