The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are thrilled to announce acclaimed singer and actress Kelli O’Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas as the featured guests for the 2019 Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert!
Relive the magic of the Choir and Orchestra’s 2018 Christmas concerts, featuring Kristin Chenoweth! As BroadwayWorld.com explained: “When a group of 360 people can come together and sound as flawless as they do in their harmonies, . . . it's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the Christmas season. But then you add in Tony Award-winning Broadway star, Kristin Chenoweth, and the magic is undeniable.”
When Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called businessman Mac Christensen to be president of The Tabernacle Choir in 2000, Mac looked at him askance and said, “President, I’m a monotone!” President Hinckley chuckled in his inimitable way and said, “We aren’t calling you to sing, Mac.”
This month Bonnie Goodliffe retires from her position as a Temple Square Organist. “This has been an extraordinary experience,” remarked Bonnie. “Playing the organ in the Tabernacle is more than the glorious sound of the organ; it’s also the spirit of the building and the heritage of the pioneers that I always feel there.”
During the October 6 Music & the Spoken Word program, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square debuted a special new musical number written by announcer Lloyd Newell and music director Mack Wilberg. The idea for “May We Be More Like Thee” came to Newell more than a dozen years ago. “It was on a Sunday, after a broadcast, when the words ‘May We Be More Like Thee’ came to my mind and heart. Later that night, I began writing the lyrics. The ideas for the words and verses began to flow. Within a week or so, the hymn text was formed.” recalled Newell.
The Salt Lake Tabernacle is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is famous for its exceptional acoustics. It was completed in 1867 and was engineered by Henry Grow under the direction of Brigham Young, who was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time. People from around the world have visited the domed building and have witnessed the acoustic demonstration in which a person can hear a single pin drop from 250 feet away.
When guest artist Sissel performed “Slow Down” during the annual Pioneer Day concert for The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, she brought close to 20,000 fans to a screeching halt. The song, which began approximately 48 minutes into the concert, started with no introduction but ended with a minute-long standing ovation. After the cheering subsided, an emotionally moved Sissel said, “Thank you very much! That song, ‘Slow Down,’ describes an experience many of us have—to be able to hear the still voice in our hearts, we have to slow down.”