On September 2, 2018, soloist Patrice Tipoki will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Labor Day weekend broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word. She will sing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”
If you were invited to be a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on their Music & the Spoken Word broadcast, what music would you want to perform?
When the latest version of the hymnbook for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was published, the First Presidency prefaced the book by declaring:
For 40 years, Doug Wright has graced the airwaves of Utah and beyond with his rich baritone voice. In March 2018, Wright announced his semi-retirement and will no longer host his daily talk show, The Doug Wright Show, on KSL Newsradio.
On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have been invited to perform two concerts at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, Utah. The concerts at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. are being presented by the Caine College of the Arts.
Not many people get to conduct the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle and its companion ensemble, the Orchestra at Temple Square. At each of the seven concerts on the recent Classic Coast tour, Mack Wilberg handed off the baton to a community leader, giving each of them an opportunity to conduct the encore, “This Land Is Your Land.”
The 2018 Pioneer Day concerts with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square focused on a Broadway theme, with narration provided by Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II. Delivering the songs were two of Broadway’s hottest stars, Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly. In addition to songs from The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, and Oklahoma, the concert also included music from South Pacific.
Watch the Entire 2018 Pioneer Day Concert featuring Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III
On Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square held their annual Pioneer Day concerts, “Music for a Summer Evening.” They were joined by guest artists Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III.
In August of 2012, Ron Jarrett began serving as the president of The Tabernacle Choir organization—a massive musical organization of 700-plus volunteers that includes the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, and Temple Square Chorale. As the president he also oversees the Choir’s operations, staff, and marketing to make sure things run smoothly and that programs stay within budget.
“Be Still, My Soul,” was written by Katharina von Schlegal (1697–1768) and was originally written in German, titled “Stille, mein Wille, dein Jesus hilft siegen.” The music was composed by Johann (Jean) Julius Christian Sibelius, who was born in Finland in 1865. The hymn was added to the hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1985.
If you plan to visit Salt Lake City, this is the perfect opportunity to witness world-class organists performing world-class music. You can attend a free 30-minute organ recital every day of the week, and you can count on the organists to be at the top of their game at all times. Principal Tabernacle organist Richard Elliott commented, “I have always wanted to win friends for the organ. If you go back in time, you’ll find that it was a well-respected instrument. Mozart called the organ the ‘King of Instruments.’ In his era, the two most impressive feats of human engineering were considered to be the mechanical clock and the pipe organ.”
Every once in a while, a bad day will come along where nothing seems to go your way. Maybe you slept through your alarm, missed the bus, spilled on your work clothes, or said something you wish you could take back. Whatever the reason for your bad day, it can and will get better.