After many months of waiting, tickets for the Choir and Orchestra’s 2018 Classic Coast Tour performance on Monday, June 25, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, will go on sale on Thursday, May 3. The Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor performing arts venue in the San Francisco Bay area that regularly hosts classical and contemporary artists. It is a highly sought after musical venue for concerts under the stars in the California summer.
“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was one of the very first songs uploaded to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel when the channel was launched in 2012, and now it has officially surpassed 5 million views.
Cinderella on stage in the Conference Center with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square! It doesn’t get better than this.
The Choir’s first major tour across country from its remote mountain hamlet of Utah—not yet a state--was to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.The Choir has been touring the nation—and the world—every since performing in every region of America and nearly every state and for many presidents. In 1911 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed for a U.S. President William Howard Taft. Since then, the Choir has performed for an additional nine presidents, including six inaugurations of presidents. In 1963 the Choir provided the music for an event at the Tabernacle at which President John F. Kennedy spoke. Shortly after, the Choir participated in a national broadcast honoring the death of President Kennedy.
They were pretty young to have a dream come true! Eleven singers from four local high school choirs sang on stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the afternoon sound check at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center July 29. They were joined on the risers with three of their school conductors. Unanimously they beamed, “It was a chance of a lifetime!”
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Duke Devlin has been at Bethel Woods since the Woodstock festival in 1969. The two share the same farmer’s fields. He was 26 when he hitchhiked with a friend from Texas to attend the three-day festival with 500,000 of his “friends.” He planted his feet in the small farming community of New York and never left. He married, raised a family and today, at 72 with a flowing beard, he acts as the site interpreter for Bethel Woods sharing his personal experience at Woodstock. The field sits just next door to the sprawling outdoor amphitheater.
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The Citi Wang Theatre in Boston is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is fortunate enough to be on its program of scheduled performers.
Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, July 3, 2015 at the age of 90. Known for his teaching of doctrines of the Restoration, he was also an advocate for music and the arts. For more than half a century he has encouraged appreciation for music, in particular the singing of the hymns of the Restoration. “When music is reverently presented, it can be akin to revelation,” he taught. “At times, I think, it cannot be separated from the voice of the Lord, the quiet, still voice of the Spirit.”
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The Choir took its final bow of the Atlantic Coast tour in Boston’s Wang Theater Tuesday night. The enthusiastic standing ovations in the program were well deserved. Said one Bostonian, “I bought tickets at Christmas for my family. I’ve waited years to see this Choir live.”
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It’s one thing to sing in the Choir. It’s another to be the president of the massive volunteer musical organization. Ron Jarrett has done both. He is the first choir president since pioneer times to also have been a singing member of the choir.
As chairman of the General Church Music Committee, Leroy Robertson was always looking for good music for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While serving in this position he wrote, “On This Day of Joy and Gladness” for the youth choruses that were being encouraged in the Church at the time.
During the Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015, we caught up with Alex Boyé in Boston before the tour’s final show. Boyé was on tour as the Choir’s guest soloist and performed the spirituals, “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” and “I’m Runnin’ On.” In the final video of our 4 part series, Boyé explains how he handles questions of racism in relation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The night was full of excitement. The stage was set for a big announcement—Choir and Orchestra members buzzed as they waited in the Little Theater of the Conference Center. What could it be? The wait for the big announcement was almost over, but first there was one other announcement to be made. It was a moment of suspense to add to the already unfolding drama.
Although every day could be dedicated to mothers, Mother’s Day is a yearly opportunity to show love and appreciation for all that a caring mother does. “My Mother’s Love” serves as a wonderful tribute to mothers everywhere. The video above uncovers the true inspiration behind the song, with an exclusive interview with the author of the song,Janice Kapp Perry.
Imagine yourself walking down the street in New York City with the usual sights, smells, and sounds, when suddenly someone in a maroon dress walks by. No big deal because if you’ve spent any time in the City, you’ve seen pretty much everything. Suddenly another person and another and another walk by with the same dress. Now you’re also seeing men in black suits and bow ties, followed by men and women dressed in black carrying instruments. “What’s going on?” you ask.
The Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015 made its final stop in Boston, Massachusetts. The Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performed for a full house at the historic Citi Wang Theatre. The concert included highlights such as associate music director Ryan Murphy’s childhood teachers cheering him on, Alex Boyé splitting his pants while doing a split, and Jane Clayson, guest conducting the finale.
The Life of Haydn
The Orchestra at Temple Square fall concert is always a favorite. This year’s concert entitled “Music for the Soul” features Kevin Kenner, considered “one of the finest American pianists to come along in years” with conductor Igor Gruppman, well known to Tabernacle audiences.
The moment is here! This year’s Christmas concert guest artists are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. We have not two, but six guest artists who will make the Christmas concert something never to be forgotten.
This video will make your day! During the rehearsals of last year’s Christmas concert with Santino Fontana and the Muppets® from Sesame Street®, we captured area footage of the Sesame Street® puppeteers getting to different points under the stage by using what they refer to as “rollies.” Rollies are small round cushions with wheels that help them maneuver in small spaces.
Many people grew up watching Sesame Street, but how many can say they made friends with the characters? Santino Fontana can!
Christmas may belong to December but who doesn’t love the songs and celebrations all year long! The newest CD and DVD release from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square—Keep Christmas with You—is filled with the magic and joy of the season. And its star-studded cast is one you will love to watch again: Broadway leading man Santino Fontana, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street®, over 100 dancers, the Bells on Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square and of course, the Choir.
Right-hand Man—Puppeteers from Sesame Street® Discuss the Teamwork Involved in Two-handed Puppeteering
Spoiler alert: If you don’t want your children to know that the Sesame Street®
characters are hand puppets, please do not show them this video. :-)
“A Savior Is Born,” a Christmas video launched in many languages worldwide, focuses on finding, knowing, and following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Share the online content on your social channels during the month of December, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and help spread the word of the Savior's birth and purpose.
This year’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts are packed with talented performers, including returning Pioneer Day concert guest Laura Osnes, four Metropolitan Opera soloists, and British actor Martin Jarvis. Jarvis will serve as the narrator for the concerts and boasts a large resume full of roles you might recognize from every facet of performing arts. Let’s take a closer look at Martin Jarvis.
Guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have described their positive experiences with the Choir by describing feelings they haven’t felt before. Beloved actress Angela Lansbury, who performed at the Christmas concerts in 2001, said: “I didn’t realize that I was going to be hit by this extraordinary spirit. I haven’t experienced this before. It’s quite unique, people doing something for the love of it." 2010 guest David Archuleta said, “Getting to be up on that stage with the Choir was one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt in my life.”
When guest artists come to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, their schedules are tight and focused. Often, the only time fans get a glimpse of the artist's personality is during the Friday morning press conference and the few moments on stage between songs.
When guest artists come to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, their schedules are tight and focused. Often, the only time fans get a glimpse of the artist's personality is during the Friday morning press conference and the few moments on stage between songs or narrations.
Last week’s Choir Notes looked back at the mountains the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization climbed in 2015. Now to the mountains of 2016.
Lindsey Stirling’s star continues to rise, as she was just named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music list: The Class of 2015. The list highlights influential artists under the age of 30 from a mix of various musical genres. In the article, Stirling is pictured holding a see-through, jewel-encrusted violin, with the caption reading, “Self-described ‘dancing violinist’ produces choreographed videos of herself playing a palatable dance-pop mix. The America’s Got Talent quarter-finalist has more than 5.8 million subscribers on YouTube; her second album, 'Shatter Me,' reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.”
Our 2015 Pioneer Day concert guest artist—talented Broadway leading lady Laura Osnes—sat down with us for a post-concert interview and discussed her relationship with her husband and how her Christian faith keeps her grounded.
You’ve seen their videos, now see them live! The Piano Guys—famous for their state-of-the-art videos, which have amassed over 700 million views—will participate in a live, worldwide chat. Previous Face to Face events have included conversations with David Archuleta, Lindsey Stirling, and Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan.
This will be one of those rare “Aha!” moments in life where you’ll think, “Oh, I get it—that makes so much sense.”
You may have heard of a tabernacle of clay, but chances are you’ve never heard of a tabernacle of gingerbread…until now, that is. Mormon Tabernacle Choir member Gregory Marsh spent three weeks constructing the replica, which measures 25" x 16" and stands 9 inches tall.
On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018, the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square will join their musical talents for this year’s Spring Concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
As children we learn we must be kind to others, but as we grow into adults do we remember to continue that pattern of behavior toward others? Do we look for ways to reach out to others who might need our help? A well-known youth leader has said recently, “It is the love of God and neighbor that gives meaning to life.”
As a fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you would expect to hear them sing during general conference, Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts, Christmas, and Pioneer Day concerts. Where you might not expect to hear them sing are a prison, Las Vegas, A Christmas Story (the movie), Disney World, and Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
How do you say goodbye to a good friend? Clay Christiansen, a Tabernacle organist for nearly 36 years, recently announced he will retire from his full-time position at the end of April 2018. On Sunday, April 1, after playing the organ during Sunday morning’s Music & the Spoken Word broadcast and the general conference session, Clay Christiansen received a standing ovation from the Choir and others in the Conference Center. Christiansen acknowledged the applause by raising his arms in gratitutde and nodding a silent “thank you,” first to the Choir and then to the audience.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through the attic of the Salt Lake Tabernacle? Well, wonder no more because your virtual chance has arrived. In this video, you will get the rare chance to see the historic Tabernacle as you’ve never seen it before.
Virtual "Hallelujah" Chorus
As if singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wasn’t enough, there are now more reasons to join this historic gathering of voices—some famous names are submitting their videos to be a part of the Choir’s epic virtual chorus, set to the music of the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.
Just 29 days after the first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, a small choir was formed under the direction of Brigham Young. From this humble beginning arose what is known today as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. For over 150 years the Choir has been lifting spirits and touching hearts through the power of music. They have sung in over 4,500 broadcasts and toured the world, and they continue to reach international audiences through social media. “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has had a relationship with Messiah for many, many years. In fact, the Choir’s first recording in 1910 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle included the famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Over the years the Choir has recorded various selections from Messiah as well as the entire oratorio. In 1959, the Choir’s best-selling recording of Messiah received gold record recognition and it was later inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. On March 4, 2016, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a new recording of Handel’s Messiah, edited and conducted by Dr. Mack Wilberg.
In 2013 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square hosted Lindsey Stirling for the annual Pioneer Day concert, where she performed “Scotland, the Brave/Simple Gifts,” “Poor Little Lambs,” and her YouTube hit “Elements,” which has almost 70 million views. Stirling also joined the Choir and Orchestra for the finale of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
When the Beach Boys wrote the song “Good Vibrations,” they probably never imagined it would someday be performed with handbells in the Salt Lake Tabernacle—yet the Bells on Temple Square have turned that unimagined possibility into a reality with their latest video.
Twelve days into their tour of Europe, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square gave their fifth concert in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Jahrhunderthalle (“One Hundredth Anniversary Hall”) with yet another standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience. At each European concert the Choir has engaged audiences with its vast and varied repertoire sung entirely from memory and in different languages.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square wrapped up their first European Tour in almost 20 years with sold out concerts and standing ovations from enthusiastic audiences. The Choir and Orchestra gave performances in Berlin, Nuremberg, and Frankfurt, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Zurich, Switzerland; Brussels, Belgium; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For 20 days, beginning June 27, the Choir and Orchestra members–all volunteers–gave up their summer vacations, left loved ones to share their music with European audiences.
In the sixth concert of the 2016 European tour, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performed on July 11, 2016 at the Bozar Centre for the Fine Arts, the principal concert venue in Brussels, Belgium. In this city where healing has been needed, the Choir and Orchestra offered expressions of love, support, and encouragement for the citizens of Belgium through the inspiring music performed.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performed the last concert of their 2016 European tour in Rotterdam, Netherlands, at De Doelen concert hall. The hall was originally built in 1934 but was destroyed in 1940 by the German bombardment of Rotterdam at the beginning of World War II. De Doelen was rebuilt in 1966, and additional halls were added in the 1990s.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on August 30, 2016, the appointment of Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop, as Chairman of the O. C. Tanner Gift of Music Committee. He succeeds President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, who has served as committee chairman for 23 years since his appointment in 1993.
"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," from the opening session of general conference, April 2, 2016
This year’s Pioneer Day guests, the King’s Singers, are longtime friends of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and have been coming to perform with them in Salt Lake City for over 20 years. The musical camaraderie between the two groups is second to none, which makes Saturday night’s touching tribute all the more bittersweet.
Audiences were wowed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2016 Pioneer Day concert, featuring England’s the King’s Singers. The concert included incredible highlights, such as the King’s Singers performing a moving Primary song medley, an emotional farewell tribute to retiring group member David Hurley, and amazing numbers from the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square toured Europe in the summer of 2016, fans were ecstatic. It had been 18 long years since the Choir has been to Europe—The tour visited eight European cities over 20 days and included performances in Berlin, Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Zurich, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Choir fans came from far and wide to see them.
Do you regularly attend concerts? Do you participate in dance classes? Do you sing in a group or choir? If you said “yes” to any of these, chances are you are more satisfied with your life. As if you needed another reason to want to audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. :-)
This Christmas the whole world can experience the uplifting 2015 Christmas concert from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the release of Hallelujah! The DVD and CD are now available online and in stores. Digital downloads, both in audio and HD video, are also available.
So you didn’t score tickets to the event of the year—have no fear—because in upcoming weeks we’ll be giving away 20 pairs of tickets for the 2016 Christmas concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, with acclaimed tenor and entertainer Rolando Villazón.
If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas album, this one has it all—Broadway star Laura Osnes beautifully singing Christmas favorites, the poignant narration of British screen actor Martin Jarvis, and guest soloists from the Metropolitan Opera.
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In 2001 Janice Kapp Perry received a request from the Music Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to write a song for the first-ever Primary satellite broadcast, which would be held the following year. She was given a theme and suggested ideas of what she could include in her song. In her songwriting career, Perry has written over 1,000 songs, so we can only guess there wasn’t much doubt that she was up for the challenge.
Can we get a “Hallelujah?” Better yet, can we get a few thousand? We are looking for singers of all skill levels to join the world’s largest “Hallelujah” chorus, and that means you, your friends, your grandparents, or your choir. YouTube star Peter Hollens and his wife, Evynne, have teamed up with us to record videos for four individual singing parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Submitted videos will then be used to make a grand virtual choir of epic proportions.
On Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, 2018 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will once again present George Frideric Handel’s brilliant oratorio Messiah live in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. These performances, with world-class soloists, will be a special gift to people around the world as a prelude to Easter celebrations. The entire Messiah concert will be live streamed over the Internet on Friday, March 23, 2018, and will be available for on-demand viewing for the week following the concert on the Choir website and YouTube channel.
The Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City is a historical icon. The Tabernacle was completed in 1867 and is home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was named a historic civil engineering landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, alongside the Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam, and the Boston subway.
Get a behind the scenes look at what went into creating the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2015 Christmas concert as you watch or listen to the latest episode of Mormon Tabernacle Choir Premieres. The audio version of this long-running series can be found on the Mormon Channel, while a video version is posted on the Choir’s YouTube Channel.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s new music video is full of references to the parables of Jesus found in Luke chapter 15. Watch the video and see how many references to Luke chapter 15 you can spot before looking at the answers below the video.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s new music video depicts the parable of the prodigal son and also references the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin as told in Luke 15 of the New Testament. This modern-day retelling of the biblical story of the prodigal son depicts the love of God for all of His children and will serve as a reminder to be compassionate toward and accepting of those who seek forgiveness.
In 2015, Jordan Smith became the best-selling artist in the history of The Voice and won season 9. He sold 1.5 million singles in a six-month period and landed eight songs in the iTunes Top 10 chart, including three no. 1’s.
Utah Premiere of Wilberg Work Headlines Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale Spring Concert
SALT LAKE CITY — The Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale will join their musical talents for this year’s Spring Concert on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 2016. The evening’s performances will be under the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.
The Mahler Symphony no. 8 will be performed at two O.C. Tanner Gift of Music concerts on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Maestro Thierry Fischer will conduct Utah’s two premiere musical institutions—the Utah Symphony and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—joined by 50 voices from The Madeleine Choir School and eight renowned soloists: Orla Boylan, soprano; Celena Shafer, soprano; Amy Owens, soprano; Charlotte Hellekant, mezzo-soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Barry Banks; tenor, Markus Werba; baritone; and Jordan Bisch; bass.
At the request of the U. S. Presidential Inauguration Committee, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has accepted an invitation to sing at the swearing-in ceremony during the presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol next month in Washington, D.C.
“Mozart & Mendelssohn: A Spring Concert” by the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square
On Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square will present a joint spring concert entitled “Mozart & Mendelssohn.” The concert will begin with the Orchestra performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture in C Major, op. 101. The Chorale and Orchestra will then present the Great Mass in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concerts will be led by Ryan Murphy, associate conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.
The short answer is no, but there’s much more to it than that. While many of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir members and staff are trained musicians and hold advanced music degrees, it’s not a prerequisite.
Here’s a peek inside the Orchestra at Temple Square through the eyes of one of its talented percussionists, Justin Moon, who has been a member of the Orchestra since it was established in 1999.
On May 12, 2017, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will release their newest recording, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends, featuring twelve special performers who have all become dear friends. Even though the official release date is in May, the CD is available now for pre-order on Deseret Book and Amazon.
The Bells on Temple Square will present “An Expedition of Sound” on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Hear What Santino Fontana and the Puppeteers from Sesame Workshop® Thought about Performing in the Choir’s Christmas Concert
It’s not every day that a performer entertains over 21,000 people in a single concert. It can certainly be intimidating for an actor or singer to undertake such a challenging task. Santino Fontana described it by saying: “This experience is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. Not only because of the size of the Choir and the size of the Orchestra but also the space. It’s huge—21,000 seat auditorium—there’s nothing to prepare you for that.”
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released their latest album, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends, on May 12, 2017! This compilation of exceptional performances provides listeners a very different slice of the music of the Choir and Orchestra. Here are five ways to learn more about this new recording:
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Salt Lake Tabernacle organ. The then-newly constructed pipe organ made its debut in October 1867 during the first general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. In the 150 years that have followed, the Tabernacle organ has served as the iconic backdrop for meetings and events broadcast throughout the world. The image of the Tabernacle organ itself has become widely known as a symbol of the Church and of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
For over 40 years, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been performing the beloved songs of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist and playwright Oscar Hammerstein II. Beginning in the 1940s and 1950s the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein changed the world of music and theater. Their popular Broadway musicals began what is now considered the “golden age” of musical theater. Their music today continues to give audiences around the world encouragement, hope, and comfort.
The singing and acting sensation who brought George Washington to life in the Broadway hit Hamilton, will be the featured guest artist for this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day Concerts. Christopher Jackson joins the Choir in two gala performances in “Music for a Summer Evening” on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.
How do you choose to listen to music? When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made its first recording in 1910, there was only one way to listen to recorded music: with a gramophone, or later a phonograph.
Lindsey Stirling has recorded hit albums, won prestigious awards, written a best-selling book, earned a spot on the Forbes Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and continues to inspire through her groundbreaking music videos. In 2013, Stirling spent some time as a guest artist for the Pioneer Day concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performing her popular song “Elements,” among others.
Late Breaking Announcement: Due to unavoidable and unanticipated scheduling conflicts with his current TV series, Christopher Jackson will not be able to appear on the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts. Alex Boyé, singer, entertainer, and mega-million view YouTube artist, will now headline the concert. Click here for more information.
The Bells on Temple Square, part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization, is touring again! The bell ensemble has played at various locations in Utah, and its first out-of-state performance was to Rexburg, Idaho, in 2015. This year the ensemble is traveling to Garden Grove, California, for the 2017 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. The group was selected to be the featured performer for the July 15 concluding concert, capping off the four-day seminar. LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells on Temple Square, will direct the performance. The repertoire will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns, folk, and classical to jazz, gospel, and patriotic. The public is welcome to the performance in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Orange County on Saturday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m. For those able to attend the Southern California performance, tickets are available at the door for $15 or may be purchased online.
Last year, there were 52 episodes of Music & the Spoken Word—there will be 52 this year—and there will be 52 next year. This is the way it’s been since July 1929, when the beautiful sounds of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square coming from the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square began to be a familiar Sunday morning soundtrack to people around the world.
As musical instruments, organs have had a place in music repertoires for centuries. Mozart referred to the organ as “the king of instruments.” Beethoven, after commenting on the power of this instrument, said “I should place an organist who is master of his instrument at the very head of all virtuosi.”
On November 17, 2017, a two-disc recording featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, directed by Thierry Fischer, will be released. The album also features choristers of The Madeleine Choir School and soloists Orla Boylan, Celena Shafer, and Amy Owens (sopranos); Charlotte Hellekant and Tamara Mumford (mezzo-sopranos); Barry Banks (tenor); Markus Werba (baritone); and Jordan Bisch (bass). Pre-orders are available on Amazon.com. Through November 16, purchases at the Utah Symphony Guild Store are $5 off.
President Thomas S. Monson, sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died January 2, 2018, at age 90. He had served as President since 2008, as a counselor in the First Presidency since 1985, and as an Apostle since 1963. He was no stranger to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the entire Choir organization mourns his passing.
The Greatest Showman is an American musical film, released on December 20, 2017. Surprisingly, in the first week of its release, the film was actually considered a box-office bomb. An early review boldly stated, “Considering the film that triumphantly declared itself ‘the greatest show’ had an $84 million budget, this is a flop for 20th Century Fox. Condolences to Hugh Jackman and his passion project.”
For more than 35 years, Clay Christiansen has been a familiar face to fans of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In 1982, he was appointed as a Tabernacle organist, where he has become a familiar face to countless viewers of Music & the Spoken Word. Throughout the years he has recorded many Choir albums; performed in general conferences, Christmas concerts, and other special concerts; toured the world; and published compositions for chorus, string quartet, woodwind trio, and chamber and symphony orchestra.
A new concert location has been announced—The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California—for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2018 Classic Coast Tour this summer. The concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 20 completes the list of seven locations where the Choir and Orchestra will perform. The 2018 Classic Coast Tour begins on Monday, June 18, and will conclude 16 days later on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, with visits to California, Washington, and Vancouver, Canada.
The poetic hymn “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth” was written by Parley P. Pratt, a member of the original Twelve Apostles of the Restoration. Pratt, who was nicknamed “the poet Apostle,” wrote the text for seven hymns that are included in the current hymnbook of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The snowball continues—the Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube channel just reached 130 million overall views!
Have you ever been in the middle of watching The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square during general conference or a weekly broadcast and wondered what the colored dots on the organists’ sheet music were? You’re not alone. It turns out, this is a question that organists are asked after general conference or other Choir broadcasts, and the answer may not be as mysterious as you would think.