The Tabernacle Choir Blog

The Tabernacle Choir: Setting an Atmosphere of Worship

Members of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square prepare twice a year to sing in the general conference meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their sponsoring organization. “Music can set an atmosphere of worship which invites the spirit of revelation and testimony,” remarked Boyd K. Packer, former president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mindful of the responsibility they have as musicians and as disciples of Jesus Christ to contribute to each conference meeting, Choir members work diligently at home and in rehearsals to memorize their music, perfect their performances, and find ways to express the feelings of their hearts through the music they have the opportunity to sing.

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Thank You, Wolf Zeisler!

Wolfgang Zeisler stood before The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on a Thursday evening rehearsal just days before his retirement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The applause for him was fitting an acclaimed guest artist. Yet he has never taken a bow on stage and his face has never been caught by the cameras as they pan the Choir in performance.

Wolf–for those who know him and Wolfgang if they don’t—has always been behind the scenes.  For decades he has run the teleprompter system scrolling the text for Music & the Spoken Word messages, for narrations by guest artists, and for the lyrics of the Choir’s songs. It might look easy but anyone who has watched and worked with Wolf understands that it isn’t.

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Enjoy Handel’s Messiah Stream This Easter!

During this Easter season, we invite people around the world to enjoy internet streams or on-demand viewings of Handel’s Messiah by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with renowned guest soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson.

This special Messiah performance, recorded in 2018, will be streamed on Good Friday, April 10 on a variety of websites and social channels to enable individuals and families worldwide to draw closer to Jesus Christ and celebrate Easter at home, especially if church services aren’t available due to current conditions.

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FAQ: Handel's Messiah

Will Messiah still be streamed on the internet on April 10? 

Yes! A special Messiah peformance, previously recorded in 2018, by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with renowned guest soloists--Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, And Tyler Simpson--will be streamed over the internet on Good Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) on a variety of websites and social channels to enable individuals and families worldwide to draw closer to Jesus Christ and celebrate Easter at home. It will also be available on-demand after the stream ends. See tabchoir.org/messiah for further details.

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How COVID-19 Impacts The Tabernacle Choir Organization

Consistent with the direction provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to temporarily postpone large public gatherings in areas challenged by the COVID-19 virus, the Choir organization has cancelled several concerts and made changes to its public broadcasts and rehearsals. 

You will still be able to watch and listen to Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts, but not attend in person. The scheduled Messiah concert on Easter weekend by the Choir and Orchestra will not be live, but you can still enjoy this world-famous oratorio via an internet stream and satellite broadcast. The spring concert by the Chorale and Orchestra is cancelled. 

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Stockholm and Edinburgh Concert Tickets Now Available!

This summer The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will travel internationally performing in seven cities in four Nordic countries and the United Kingdom: Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Cardiff and Newport, Wales; and Edinburgh, Scotland. The tour will be 22 days long, from Thursday, June 25, through Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Audiences will enjoy performances by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, known for its one-of-a-kind signature sound created by 320 volunteer voices. Sixty-five members of the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Choir’s companion all-volunteer symphony orchestra, will accompany the Choir. The Orchestra recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary. Distinguished choral composer and arranger, Dr. Mack Wilberg, will conduct along with assistant director Dr. Ryan Murphy. The Choir’s repertoire will cover everything from Handel, Gounod, and Rossini to American folk hymns and spirituals. The concerts are just under two hours in length.

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Celebrating a Legacy: March 7 Special Concert!

The public is invited—no tickets will be required—to “Celebrating a Legacy,” a special concert of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square, and the Gabriel Herald Trumpets on Saturday, March 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. This concert is being presented for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Western Regional Conference being held in Salt Lake City.  The public is also invited to attend at no charge.

This will be a concert you won’t want to miss! 

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Wow! Over 50 Choir Albums Added to Spotify!

It’s time to face the music—Spotify is here to stay! As of February 2020, Spotify has more than 250 million users worldwide, which is a 31% increase since 2018. They are expecting that figure to jump to 328 million users by the end of 2020.

For those who haven’t heard of Spotify, it is a digital music streaming service that gives users access to millions of songs and content from around the world. Spotify is a free service, but by upgrading to Spotify Premium users can download music, listen ad-free, play any song, and skip as many songs as they want.

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Available! Tickets for Orchestra and Chorale Concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale will join their musical talents for this year’s annual spring concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. The evening performances will be under the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate music director of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.

The Orchestra will open the concert with Folk Songs of the Four Seasons by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, which takes the audience on an engaging journey through the year from spring to winter. The concert will continue with “Let the People Praise Thee, O God,” an anthem written by William Matthias for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Also included in the program is the Utah premiere of Life Songs, two new pieces for choir and orchestra written by Ryan Murphy, originally commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Chorus. The Choir and Orchestra concert will conclude with Gloria, one of the most celebrated works by French composer Francis Poulenc, with Melissa Heath as the featured soprano soloist. 

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