For the first time in 25 years, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir returned to Berlin, Germany. As the first stop on the 2016 European Tour, the Berliner Philharmonie Concert Hall was sold out and the audience was electric. Before the show began the crowd waited patiently in anticipation of the doors opening. When music director Mack Wilberg took the stage, they respectfully applauded and then quickly hushed and gave their complete attention to every note of the music. The first act was filled with classical pieces such as “Cum, Sancto Spiritu,” “Alleluia,” from Psalm 150, “Unfold, Ye Portals,” and more. The act finished with “Hymn of Praise” (“The Old Hundredth”). When the first act finished, the hall erupted with cheers and whistles.
Interview with Sonja Poulter (Deutsche Sängerin des Mormon Tabernacle Choir freut sich auf Europa-Tournee
Mrs. Poulter, how long have you been a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
1. Did the musician Sting ever sing with the Choir?
During the Atlantic Coast tour in the summer of 2015, a KSL-TV camera crew followed the Choir’s every move. The KSL team, led by Ken Fall and Candice Madsen, filmed interviews, concert footage, behind-the-scenes footage, and all things Choir tour-related. Their work did not go unnoticed—“The Dream Tour: Behind the Scenes with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” was just given a Gabriel Award for excellence in the Arts, National or Local Release Category.
On June 21, 2016, Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be one of the featured solo performers at the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Houston, Texas. The American Guild of Organists was founded in 1896 to “advance the cause of organ and choral music” and “to promote their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment” through education and service. Tickets for performances at the convention are available online.
If you have never watched a Music & the Spoken Word broadcast live streamed over the Internet, here’s an opportunity for you! Each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time, the home page of mormontabernaclechoir.org connects followers to the live broadcast as it is performed in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in the Salt Lake City, Utah. Or you can use this link and go directly to the “Watch Music & the Spoken Word Live” web page. Join the broadcast using your computer, phone, or other Internet-connected mobile devices.