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The Many Ways to Engage with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The Many Ways to Engage with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Whether you are an experienced user of content by The Tabernacle Choir, you’re just beginning to explore the Choir’s content, or you have been hoping for a way to learn more about the Choir, we’ve got you covered. If you’re new to Choir social media, the “Choir Social Media Channels” and “Getting Started” sections in this blog are just for you.

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Temple Square Organist Joseph Peeples’s First Organ Solo

On August 18, 2019, newly appointed Temple Square organist Joseph Peeples will perform his first organ solo on the Music & the Spoken Word broadcast. Peeples was announced as a new organist this past April after an extensive, worldwide search.

On the broadcast, Peeples will perform Scherzo from Dix pièces pour orgue no. 8. Organ solo pieces for the broadcast are recommended by the organists to Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, who makes the final selections. Peeples explained why he recommended this piece for his first broadcast performance as a Temple Square organist, saying, “I enjoyed learning this piece as a student at Brigham Young University. I was intrigued by the ‘echo’ musical effect in the middle section, achieved by quickly alternating between two manuals. I also remember thinking it would be a fun challenge as a performer to execute that and recognized how that technique is quite unique to the organ.”

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New Temple Square Organist Appointed

After a broad and thorough search of applicants that was announced through Church and media channels around the world, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square announced on Friday, April 12, 2019, that Joseph Peeples has been appointed as the newest Temple Square organist. Peeples joins a long line of distinguished musicians who have served as organists on Temple Square, continuing a tradition that stretches back to early pioneer days in Utah. When he begins his service this June, he will join three current full-time Tabernacle organists: Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, and Brian Mathias, and two other part-time Temple Square organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts.

Temple Square organists are key members of The Tabernacle Choir’s musical staff and are known for their high level of professional organ skills. They bring the sound of the iconic Tabernacle and Conference Center organs alive for audiences from around the world. Temple Square organists provide missionary and public relations service through daily organ recitals and periodic performances with The Tabernacle Choir. As part-time organists, they give classroom instruction for the Choir training school, provide accompaniment for rehearsals and concerts of the Temple Square Chorale and Bells on Temple Square performing groups, and provide organ support for other Church and community events held on Temple Square.

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Music & the Spoken Word : Interesting Facts

Music & the Spoken Word has been broadcasting every week since 1929. The message and purpose behind this venerable program haven’t changed since that first broadcast on July 15, 1929—even though the world has changed drastically. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s weekly broadcast has been responding with music to what is happening in the world for over nine decades, giving hope and comfort to audiences around the world.

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Music & the Spoken Word : Interesting Facts

Music & the Spoken Word has been broadcasting every week since 1929. The message and purpose behind this venerable program haven’t changed since that first broadcast on July 15, 1929—even though the world has changed drastically. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s weekly broadcast has been responding with music to what is happening in the world for over nine decades, giving hope and comfort to audiences around the world.

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President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration: Tickets Available July 30!

Family, friends, associates, and church members from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of President Russell M. Nelson’s 95th birthday on Friday, September 6, at 8:00 p.m. mountain daylight time at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The celebration will honor the Prophet for his life of Christlike service and will include music and video insights into the life and ministry of President Nelson.

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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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