What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

Mothering Is About Love

The simple fact is we each have a mother. Each mother is unique. Yet mothers are all the same when reaching out with love to their children. “The bond between mothers and their children is one defined by love,” remarked President George W. Bush in a Mother’s Day address. “As a mother’s prayers for her children are unending, so are the wisdom, grace, and strength they provide to their children.”

The Tabernacle Choir’s Spoken Word for Mother’s Day 2021 comments about a mother’s love:

An Unusual Year for Choir’s International Broadcast Growth

It has been an unusual year for The Tabernacle Choir organization and its members who for the past year have been watching Music & the Spoken Word from home with the rest of the world. As pandemic restrictions have continued, the weekly Music & the Spoken Word program—now in its historic 92nd year of continuous broadcasting—has still found increased international viewership.

There is no question why. Around the globe, audiences have been searching for additional inspiration and uplift during these trying times. Many people have been accessing Music & the Spoken Word as part of their Sunday worship service while meetings of congregations of all faiths have been temporarily on hold. It hasn’t mattered where they resided or what language they spoke, the music of the Choir was able to touch their hearts. As former Church president, David O. McKay (1873-1970) once remarked: “Music is truly the universal language, and when it is excellently expressed how deeply it moves our souls.”

The Tabernacle Choir Continues Its Musical “Fermata”—But Only for a Few Beats

The 2021 Music for a Summer Evening (Pioneer Day) concerts will be canceled but with the future looking brighter, 2021 auditions for The Tabernacle Choir will take place!

When 2021 began, the Choir looked ahead to this new year with hope. We reported that members of the Choir organization have used a musical term to describe the time apart due to COVID-19 restrictions. They describe their temporary pause from singing like a musical “fermata—an intentional pause.”

Lloyd Newell’s 30 Years of Service to The Tabernacle Choir

On March 31, 1991, on weekly broadcast #3215, 34-year-old Lloyd Newell gave his first message as the official announcer for Music & the Spoken Word. That was 30 years ago and his engaging manner has made him a welcome guest and friend on Sunday mornings in homes across states and nations. He continues to help build the reputation and influence of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

To put this into perspective, when he stepped up to the microphone 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall had recently come down and the two Germanys had just reunited months earlier, Iraq was invading Kuwait, and “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid won an Oscar. The first web pages were in their infancy, YouTube wouldn’t be invented for another 14 years, and a gallon of gas cost $1.34. Times have changed but the Choir’s program has remained a constant. On the air since 1929, the broadcast has known only three announcers: Richard L. Evans, Spence Kinard, and Newell. Lloyd has been the voice for nearly one-third of all the 4,777 broadcasts. 

Watch Messiah with The Tabernacle Choir: Beginning March 26

Join us! Beginning Friday, March 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time), The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will stream George Frideric Handel’s beloved Messiah oratorio. This Easter presentation will enable families and individuals around the world to draw closer to Jesus Christ through the music and scriptural text of Messiah. It will also be available after the stream for on-demand viewing. 

This special Easter encore performance of Messiah was recorded at Easter in 2018 with Mack Wilberg, conducting renowned guest soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson, with Tabernacle organists Andrew Unsworth and Brian Mathias at the organ. The full Messiah stream is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

New for the 2021 Messiah Stream

A Continuing Tradition: Messiah and The Tabernacle Choir

Performing George Frideric Handel’s Messiah for The Tabernacle Choir is not a new tradition. For nearly 150 years, since the early 1870s, the Choir has frequently performed George Frideric Handel’s beloved Messiah either as individual movements or as the full oratorio. 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (mountain), The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will once again stream Handel’s Messiah oratorio for Easter. Even though live Choir concerts have been postponed since last year, the Choir’s Messiah tradition continues through the benefit of modern technology using a performance originally recorded in 2018. At that time, the Choir and Orchestra were honored to be joined by four world-class soloists—Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson. Audiences will find this year as in 2018 the majesty of Handel’s Messiah through the artistry of the Choir, the Orchestra, and these featured soloists.

Choir Heritage Tour Postponed to 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Heritage Tour by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, originally scheduled for June 17-July 8, 2021, has been postponed until 2022. The 2022 performances will be in all the same cities planned for the original tour.

Further information about revised dates and ticket information will be published in the next few weeks. Until that time, patrons are asked not to contact the concert venues until further details are available.