The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Continuing the Musical Tradition of Music & the Spoken Word : Over 90 Years!

Did you know that Music & the Spoken Word is celebrating nine decades of broadcasting—nearly the entire lifetime of radio—and is the longest continuously broadcast program in radio history? If you did, congratulations!

What continues to bring audiences to Music & the Spoken Word today—over ninety years since it began? “Music & the Spoken Word continues to be relevant worldwide, because it conveys hope, joy, and comfort through inspirational music and messages,” commented Mack Wilberg, music director of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. “The members of the Choir and Orchestra stand on the shoulders of the many musicians who came before them, bringing audiences the highest quality of music and inspiration.”

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No Tickets Required: “Music for a Summer Evening” Concert Viewing Options

The Choir and Orchestra’s annual “Music for a Summer Evening” concert this year will feature internationally acclaimed Norwegian-born singer Sissel and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. Tickets are currently available for the concert on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

However, for those who don’t live close to Temple Square or who weren’t able to get tickets, here are some options to enjoy the concert.

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Fourth of July Surprise “Music Under the Stars” Concert at West Point

It’s no surprise that when it comes to patriotic music, The Tabernacle Choir is often at the top of any search list.  It’s a large part of the reason that Ronald Reagan gave the Choir the nickname “America’s Choir.” The 40th President of the United States said in 1981, “At my first inauguration as president of the United States, I wanted very much to reignite the fires of liberty and re-inspire the American spirit. And no one sings the anthems of America quite like The Tabernacle Choir.”

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sissel

1. She Was the Singer Heard throughout the 1997 Blockbuster Film Titanic

When people think of the singer from the filmTitanic, they immediately think of Celine Dion singing “My Heart Will Go On,” the main theme song of the film. But the soundtrack by James Horner is filled with orchestrated pieces supported by Sissel’s beautiful arias. Horner auditioned 25 to 30 singers before choosing Sissel, whose aria took center stage during one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time—the “I’m flying!” scene. Sissel’s voice echoes throughout the scene as the film’s main characters stand on the bow of the ship while the sun sets, shortly before disaster strikes.

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Guest Artists for President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration include Choir and Orchestra!

Guest artists including The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have been announced for the event honoring the 95th birthday of President Russell M. Nelson. The birthday event celebrates the influence of the Savior in the life of President Nelson and his lifelong service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The celebration will be held on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. mountain daylight time at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

The celebration which honors the Prophet for his life of Christlike service will include music by acclaimed performers with video tributes and insights into the life and ministry of President Nelson. Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Seventy, a former sportscaster, and professional football quarterback, and Ruth Todd, a former television news anchorwoman, will emcee the concert celebration. 

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Apply this July to Audition for The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square!

Do you love to sing? Have you dreamed of joining The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square? Listen to what these Choir members say about singing in this choir: “Music is what makes life wonderful,” says Choir member Joanne Andrus. “It brings happiness, peace, love, contentment, excitement, joy, and solace. Music touches every emotion and can heal in powerful ways.” Another Choir member Shauna Johnson added, “It is a unique experience to sing with the Choir and Orchestra. We do what we do because we love music and feel it is one of the best ways to change the world for the better.”

Once every year, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square accepts audition applications for singers. You can find audition information at Choir Audition Information. This year the application process will be even easier because applications will be done entirely online at tabchoir.org/auditions beginning July 1st. Completed 2019 applications must be submitted by Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:59 p. m. mountain time.

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What Exactly Is Choir School?

As each new year begins, future members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square continue a journey that actually began six months before in the warmth of summer when they submitted an application to join the Choir.

Three Phases Down; One to Go

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Fun Facts about Music and the Spoken Word ’s Closing Theme

You may not recognize the words, but those who have listened to Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts will immediately recognize the music of the closing theme: “As the Dew from Heaven Distilling.” In July 2019 Music and the Spoken Word will mark its 90th year of continuous weekly broadcasting.

Although the exact date isn’t known when the hymn “As the Dew from Heaven Distilling” became the closing theme for the program, records indicate it has served in that slot for most of the broadcast’s 90-year history.

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