56 years ago, John F. Kennedy spoke in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The September 26, 1963 visit would be his fifth and final one to Utah. While in Salt Lake City, he gave a 27-minute speech mostly devoted to foreign policy, but he also commended Utah’s high school graduation rate. He also praised the “Mormon” pioneers saying, “Of all the tales of America's pioneers and settlers, none is more inspiring than that of the Mormon Trail." His visit to Utah occurred just 55 days before his tragic assassination.
The Orchestra at Temple Square will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Concert on October 25-26 (Friday, Saturday) in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. The program will include a new work celebrating the Orchestra’s anniversary by composer Nathan Hofheins and Beethoven’s acclaimed Piano Concerto no. 5 in E Flat Major (“Emperor”), op.73, featuring pianist Stephen Beus, 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition winner and graduate of The Julliard School. Dr. Beus is currently an assistant professor on the piano faculty at Brigham Young University. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4 in F Minor, op. 36.
Information updated October 13, 2019:
The Tabernacle Choir organization is seeking experienced, enthusiastic dancers for the annual Christmas concerts to be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 12, 13, and 14, 2019. The annual Christmas concerts include a 600-person-strong cast of 360 Choir voices, 150 Orchestra at Temple Square instrumentalists, 32 bell ringers from Bells on Temple Square, and actors and dancers, who join with the invited guest artists to produce this annual holiday spectacle.