“Music is a universal language of its own,” claims Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “People don’t want to just hear a good rendition of music; they want to feel something.” And that’s what The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is all about. They are ambassadors for the Church carrying the power of the Spirit to the world.
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will travel internationally for their upcoming tour, performing in six cities in four Nordic countries and the United Kingdom. The tour will be 22 days long from Thursday, June 25, through Thursday, July 16, 2020. The tour will include performances in the following cities and venues:
Internationally acclaimed Norwegian-born singer Sissel will be the featured guest for The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day Concert that is held annually in conjunction with community-wide events. The concert will be held Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time) in the Conference Center at Temple Square.
The O.C. Tanner Gift of Music Concert on May 10, 2019, in the Conference Center at Temple Square pays tribute to an epoch moment in our nation’s history—the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in 1869. Invited by the State of Utah, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Utah Symphony will present the signature cultural event of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Golden Spike. The Tabernacle Choir performed at the celebratory events for the 100th anniversary in 1969 at Promontory, Utah, to a crowd of 12,000, including state and national officials.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the women who make a difference in our lives. Day after day they take on many roles, put in countless hours in the service of others, and often don’t receive the credit they deserve.
The Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony on Friday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m. will present the O. C. Tanner Gift of Music in the Conference Center at Temple Square as part of Utah’s Golden Spike 150th Celebration events and activities. The Choir and Symphony will be joined on stage by two talented Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty as they celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad. On a historical note, the Choir and Symphony have performed together at both the 50th and 100th anniversaries of this event. It seemed only fitting they perform together again for the 150th.
On April 28, 2019, 29 devoted singers of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square finished their volunteer service as members of the Choir. Their combined service totaled 284 years! When they join the Choir, members know that they may serve for a total of 20 years or until their 60th birthday—whichever comes first. Those who are retiring this year have served between 5 years and 20+ years (due to special circumstances). Bob and Gloria Campbell, who served as orchestra librarians for 16 years, were also honored at the April 28 ceremony.
The Choir started in the nation’s capital with two sold-out performances at the Music Center at Strathmore and the momentum built from there. The Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall was the hands-down favorite concert for most Choir and Orchestra members and the audience cheered for more. Singing on the legendary stage was an once-in-a-lifetime experience for the singers and instrumentalists. The Carnegie Hall program, which had a classical music emphasis in the first half and a combination of international and American music plus signature Choir anthems in the second, was very well received.
The 2016 application period for membership in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir opens July 1 and closes August 15. The Choir music directors will be auditioning for all voice parts. Choir applications are available online.