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FAQ Tabernacle Organ

The 11,623-pipe organ in the Salt Lake Tabernacle is one of the world's most famous organs and an integral part of the signature sound of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Here are some interesting facts about this amazing instrument:

Is the Tabernacle organ the world's largest?
No. If one compares organs on the basis of the number of pipes, the Tabernacle organ is approximately the seventeenth-largest organ in the world, with 11,623 pipes. The world's largest fully-playing pipe organ, the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in the downtown Philadelphia Macy's department store (formerly John Wanamaker's) has more than twice as many: approximately 28,750 pipes.

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General Conference Meme Collection—October 2018

Here is the complete collection of all ‪general conference images from October, 2018 in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The collection includes sharable images for hymns such as "I Believe in Christ," "Come, Come, Ye Saints," "Rejoice the Lord is King," "If I Listen with My Heart," and a hymn written by Russell M. Nelson titled "Our Prayer to Thee."

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The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir is changing its name to "The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square"

In a press release issued Friday, October 5, the Choir announced that after more than 150 years, it is changing its name to better align with its sponsoring organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Choir's announcement follows a statement issued by the Church in August 2018 encouraging use of the full name of the Church.

The new name for the Choir preserves the heritage of the Choir's home in the Tabernacle and its location on Temple Square. Ever since 1867, the Tabernacle has been home to the Choir, which is known worldwide for its one-of-a-kind signature sound shaped in part by the venue from which it emanates. Choir members, 360 volunteers united by their shared love of music and their faith in God, serve as musical ambassadors for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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15 YouTube Videos That Recently Surpassed 1 Million Views

In 2017, we wrote a blog post titled “Mormon Tabernacle Choir Videos with Over 1 Million Views.” At that time the Choir had 16 videos with at least 1 million YouTube views. At the time of this publication, there are now 43 videos on our channel with over 1 million views.

The number of views is a great testament to the quality of the music of the Choir. The YouTube channel is also approaching 160 million overall video views. The Choir’s channel offers music videos, live broadcast videos, tour content, instrumental videos, behind the scenes videos, concert footage, and much more. 

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The Orchestra at Temple Square announces 2018 Fall Concerts

The Orchestra at Temple Square's 2018 "Fall Masterpiece Concert" will take place in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. Igor Gruppman will conduct the all-volunteer orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are free and will be available beginning Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) at lds.org/events or by calling 801-270-0800 or toll-free 1-866-537-8457. There is a limit of four tickets per person. Admission is open to those eight and older. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 7:15 p.m.

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Alex Boyé Promotes Global Suicide Awareness in New Video, “Bend Not Break”

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and singer Alex Boyé is doing his part to get this important message to the masses.

For the production of his new video, Boyé partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. In the video description Boyé declared, “My purpose for this video is to help save lives. Even if it can save just one, then we have done something great.”

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The Amazing Hidden Benefits of Music

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir blog is all about the music. The articles on the blog cover a wide variety of topics, including the history of hymns and children’s songs, behind the scenes, music videos, tour and concert-related news, guest artists, scientific music studies, general conference, and inspirational posts. In some way or another, they all tie back to music.

In the past we’ve published many articles relating to scientific music studies to help benefit the lives of our readers, such as the following:

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ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” Performed by Bells on Temple Square

Break out the disco ball, bell bottoms, and leisure suits, because the Bells on Temple Square have just released a cover of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”

The Bells have a habit of performing out of the box songs such as “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” or “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys. This time they may have topped themselves with a worldwide hit by Swedish pop sensation ABBA. “Dancing Queen” was the first single released from ABBA’s fourth studio album, and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in America and topped charts in more than a dozen countries including their home country of Sweden.

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Organ Fest XI Showcases Organists on Tabernacle Organ

It was French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac who stated, “The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.”

Come to the Organ Fest XI concert to experience why Balzac felt this way about the organ. On Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. the public is invited to Organ Fest XI at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City to enjoy the overwhelming beauty and sound of this amazing musical instrument when it is played by six talented organists from our community.

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