BYUtv has produced a 60-minute special of the Pioneer Day concert with Alex Boyé, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Boyé was a big hit with audiences, performing “Where You Are” from Disney’s Moana, “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You” from The Lion King, “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” a Nat King Cole medley, and more.
During the April 2017 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jeffrey R. Holland gave a memorable talk titled “Songs Sung and Unsung.” The address focused on encouraging members of the Church by referencing the hymn “There Is Sunshine in My Soul.” Elder Holland said: “I wish to lift out of context just one line from it that may help on days when we find it hard to sing or smile and ‘peaceful happy moments’ do not seem to ‘roll.’ If for a time you are unable to echo the joyous melodies you hear coming from others, I ask you to hold tenaciously to the line in this hymn that reassures, ‘Jesus listening can hear the songs [you] cannot sing.’”
When the Orchestra at Temple Square was announced in 1999, Meredith Campbell, a professional musician who had performed with the Utah Symphony and a busy mother of seven, auditioned to become a musical goodwill ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She grew up in a musical family where everyone played an instrument—they even had their own family orchestra for a time. Campbell relished the performing opportunities she’d had through the years both as a professional musician and as a volunteer in church musical events. So when the notice of auditions appeared, she didn’t hesitate.
Don’t miss your chance to see internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso Thomas Heywood performing in the Tabernacle on October 10, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Heywood will be performing favorite classical pieces by Rossini, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, and others transcribed for organ.
Alex Boyé’s music videos are usually full of characters, and his latest is no exception. His video for “Celebrate” is packed with guests including the Bells on Temple Square.
Nearly 150 years ago, on October 6, 1867, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed in the new Salt Lake Tabernacle with a brand-new organ at a general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Watch a behind-the-scenes bonus feature from The Redeemer DVD, which includes the composer’s thoughts on The Redeemer:
Former Mormon Tabernacle Choir guest artist and YouTube powerhouse Lindsey Stirling just made her debut as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. This isn’t the first time Stirling has been a part of a television talent show—in 2010, she made her television debut on America’s Got Talent, where she was a quarter finalist.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will be taking the show on the road once again. The 16-day Classic Coast Tour begins on Monday, June 18, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
The Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2017 fall concert will take place in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. Igor Gruppman will conduct the all-volunteer orchestra.
There aren’t many musical groups who can say that they have been recording for over 107 years—and have performed in some of the first historic recordings along the way.
It’s amazing how words and phrases can evolve over time and take on new meaning—for instance, in the 1300’s, the word “nice” meant “silly,” or “ignorant.” “Egregious,” which now means “outstandingly bad,” used to mean “remarkably good.”
The workings of a symphony orchestra—from assembling the right complement of musicians to handling logistical details to rehearsing the repertoire—are intricate, even for full-time paid musical organizations. This makes the record of the all-volunteer Orchestra at Temple Square quite remarkable in comparison.