Luke Howard had been singing second bass with The Tabernacle Choir for 13 years when his music career took a decided twist last spring. He was asked to write program notes for Piping Up: Tabernacle Organists in Concert, the kickoff event on June 17, 2020 for a new series of streamed organ concerts featuring the five Tabernacle and Temple Square organists.
The kickoff event drew thousands of views on YouTube, and Howard continued on as the host for the new 30-minute program Piping Up: Organists in Concert, each of which features one of the organists and airs three times a week on the Choir’s You Tube channel, the Choir’s Facebook page, Broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website, and the Choir website home page.
For 34 years, Lamont Anderson has scaled ladders and squeezed in between pipes—11,623 of them—to tune the famed Tabernacle organ. In addition, his responsibility as a keyboard technician extends to keeping in tune all nine of the organs on Temple Square from the historic Tabernacle instrument to the imposing organ in the Conference Center, as well as those in the Assembly Hall and the Joseph Smith building.
These organs are recognized for their towering pipes, large consoles, pedalboards, with their magnificent, at times even thunderous, sound. They are, however, instruments with thousands of organ pipes that require delicate, fine tuning.
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CHANGES ANNOUNCED AUGUST 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unique and challenging circumstances for everyone in today’s world—and The Tabernacle Choir organization is no exception. Because of the continuing health challenges involved with live rehearsals and performances, with concern for the welfare of its performers and audiences, and to continue to follow earlier direction provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to postpone large public gatherings in areas challenged by COVID-19, the Choir organization announced these adjustments to its schedule:
Remaining 2020 Live Concerts Cancelled
When Norwegian-born guest artist Sissel performed “Slow Down” during the 2019 Music for a Summer Evening concerts with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, she brought the concert to a standstill. It happened both nights.
Sissel began her stunning performance of “Slow Down,” based on Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God,” with no introductory comments. When she finished the song, after a brief moment of total silence, the audience of nearly 20,000 immediately jumped to their feet with an emotional and heartfelt standing ovation. As the clapping and cheering subsided, an emotionally moved Sissel said, “Thank you very much! This 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.”
When The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s released their latest recording When You Believe: A Night at the Movies, it became their 14th album to hit #1 on the Billboard® Classical or Classical Crossover charts! This is a notable achievement for any musical artist and continues the tradition that earned the Choir Billboard’s recognition as the Top Traditional Classical Artist for 2012.
Enjoy All of the Choir and Orchestra’s #1 Billboard® Albums!