The Tabernacle Choir Blog

October 2019 Articles

Angels among Us CD/DVD: Relive the Magic!

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.”

Farewell to Our Remarkable Leader and Friend: Mac Christensen

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.”

Saying Goodbye to Bonnie Goodliffe Will Definitely Not Be Easy!

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.”

A Child Goes for a Swim in the Tabernacle During Conference

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.

Watch Sissel’s Moving Performance of “Slow Down”

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.”