What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

2021: Looking Ahead with Hope

As 2021 begins, The Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells at Temple Square look forward with hope to a wonderful year and echo the words of British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come.” The year 2021 does bring with it hope, even though pandemic restrictions are still being observed for new live performances and recordings. 

This past year of 2020 was very different, although the Choir organization was able to accomplish many things (as Choir Notes subscribers read last week) because of its vast archive of digital recordings. 

2020: A Year of Accomplishment Despite the Pandemic

The year 2020 began for The Tabernacle Choir like most of the past decade with a planned rigorous performing, touring, and recording schedule. It envisioned a tour to the Nordic countries and the UK, 75 live performances—including 52 weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts—plus Handel’s Messiah at Easter, Pioneer Day and Christmas concerts, and the release of two new recordings.

In mid-March, the world changed. 

Piping Up! Organ Concerts Continue Every Wednesday

Last year, when the pandemic temporarily halted the century-long tradition of daily organ concerts—a beloved tradition for music lovers and visitors to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square—the Tabernacle and Temple Square organists proposed the start of a new organ tradition: streaming organ concerts on the Choir’s website and social media. 

Beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the Piping Up! Concerts will become a permanent tradition for Temple Square.

Christmas Music: The Choir’s Gift for You!

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square invite you to enjoy our Christmas music—our gift for you! 

Music is a special language used by individuals, friends and family, and communities to express their joy, peace, and hope during Christmas celebrations held annually around the world. Christmas music reminds us at this time of year of heavenly choirs appearing to shepherds watching their flocks, and of angels singing about peace on earth, good will toward men, and announcing the birth of Jesus Christ to the world. For both participants and audiences, Christmas music brings back memories of joyful childhood experiences, families gathered around the Christmas tree, and gift exchanges with dear friends. 

The Inspiring Story Behind the Song “Love One Another”

Luacine Clark Fox (1914–2002) is the composer of “Love One Another.” She was the daughter of J. Reuben Clark, who served in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the 1930s to the 1960s.

A 2007 book by Patricia Kelsey Graham titled We Shall Make Music describes the background of “Love One Another.” While Fox was writing the music for an Easter cantata, she explained how the song came to her:

THIS WEEK: Watch Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir on PBS and BYUtv!

Starting Monday, December 14 (PBS) and Thursday, December 17 (BYUtv), Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir holiday specials featuring Tony Award®-winning star Kelli O'Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas will be broadcast around the country.

Set against a backdrop of a country farmhouse and chapel, the visual and musical spectacle of this Christmas special is distinctly different from those of years past and serves as a soulful tribute to the holiday traditions, songs, stories, and individuals that have contributed to the rich cultural fabric that is uniquely American. In a year marked by many challenges, this program serves to evoke nostalgia and celebrate the comfort and joy that home and family can bring, particularly during the holiday season.

Enjoy Handel’s Messiah from Home This Christmas

This is your chance to begin your own Christmas tradition at home this year with Handel’s Messiah, the best known, most beloved, and most frequently performed choral work in all Western music. As a gift for Christians and music lovers everywhere, audiences around the world will be able to stream Handel’s beloved Messiah oratorio performed by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square from the comfort of their own homes. 

It has been over 278 years since George Frideric Handel’s beloved Messiah oratorio first premiered in Dublin, Ireland during the Easter celebrations of 1742. Today it has become a tradition for Christians and music lovers around the world for both Christmas and Easter celebrations.

President Nelson Recommends the Healing Power of Gratitude

Gratitude provides us with a greater perspective on the very purpose and joy of life. This is a theme sounded in a recent video message to the world by Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his 96 years of life, President Nelson has seen almost everything—a Great Depression, a world war, and a global pandemic, to name a few. In the video, he proposes one remedy that can help heal the spiritual and mental turmoil we’re all facing right now: gratitude.

"Practicing gratitude may not prevent us from experiencing sorrow, anger, or pain, but it can help us look forward with hope. We can give thanks for our loved ones, for our bodies and minds, for music and literature, for the beauty of the natural world," said President Nelson.

Explore the Choir Website’s New Christmas Page

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is synonymous with Christmas celebrations. Many people’s first acquaintance with the Choir is through its Christmas music. During the Christmas season music is everywhere as people gather to renew friendships, enjoy family, and celebrate the wondrous birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas music has the power to bring people closer to the divine and to evoke memories of joyful childhood experiences, families gathered around the Christmas tree, and gift exchanges with dear friends.

People can experience the Choir’s Christmas music through its audio recordings, its DVDs, its annual Christmas TV specials, its Christmas videos, its online streams, and its live concerts. To make it easier for audiences to find all the various ways to enjoy the Christmas music of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, check out the Choir website’s redesigned Christmas page