Over a decade ago, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, in remarks at the 75th anniversary of the Choir’s weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast, said that the Choir was only at the foothills at what it could accomplish. These many years later, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is climbing mountains, according to Ron Jarrett, Mormon Tabernacle Choir president. After three years at the helm, Jarrett looks back at the growth and trajectory of the organization of more than 600 volunteers including the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, and staff, and says, “We are out of the foothills and starting to climb mountains. But, we have yet to reach our potential.”
In a previous blog post titled 10 Music Videos for Your Sunday Afternoon, we shared inspirational videos that are perfect for a Sunday afternoon but can be enjoyed anytime. With so many choices on our YouTube channel, it is hard to pick the perfect combination, but we managed to find 10 more videos that are perfect for Sunday viewing.
Undoubtedly, there is no broadcast that has touched the lives of so many for so long as has the weekly program Music & the Spoken Word. The December 13 program will be the 4,500th broadcast. What a run! And the program is still continuing its run of uninterrupted broadcasting, adding listeners and viewers in scores of countries around the world! It’s the longest continuous running weekly broadcast anywhere—and rightly so. Where else can you hear such glorious music coupled with a brief, compelling message of inspiration?
You might be surprised to know that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearses only twice a week—Thursday nights and Sunday mornings before the weekly broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word. Because of the limited rehearsal time, the Choir’s music director, Mack Wilberg, has to maximize each rehearsal, making sure to get each phrase and note correct.
The new video for “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” is nothing short of breathtaking—set in a men’s prison, the gritty backdrop provides the perfect setting for a redemption story. The video follows an inmate’s journey, which beautifully depicts hope and healing through Jesus Christ.
The 2014 Christmas concert was nothing short of magical. Santino Fontana, along with the Muppets® from Sesame Street®, were guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the concerts. When we sat down with the puppeteers from Sesame Workshop® after the Christmas concert run, they were effusive in their praise of the Choir, the crew, and the entire organization.
Now you can literally keep Christmas with you all through the year—and beyond. The full HD recording of the 2014 concert Keep Christmas With You, featuring Santino Fontana and the the Muppets® from Sesame Street®, is now available on iTunes digital download.