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Bishop Caussé: We Sing the Music of the Spirit

“Music is a universal language of its own,” claims Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “People don’t want to just hear a good rendition of music; they want to feel something.” And that’s what The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is all about. They are ambassadors for the Church carrying the power of the Spirit to the world.

Bishop Caussé describes the Choir’s role as one of building relationships and bridging cultural gaps and language barriers. “Music is an international language, sacred music in particular.” When the Choir sings, he explains, “there is no language anymore. There are no borders. Music is a way for the Church to reach out to all the world, all people, and communicate with them from the heart.”

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The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Announces 2020 Heritage Tour

The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will travel internationally for their upcoming tour, performing in six cities in four Nordic countries and the United Kingdom. The tour will be 22 days long from Thursday, June 25, through Thursday, July 16, 2020. The tour will include performances in the following cities and venues:

  City

  Date

  Venue

  Stockholm, Sweden

  June 27, 2020

  Konserthuset Stockholm

  Helsinki, Finland

  June 30, 2020

  Finlandia Hall

  Copenhagen, Denmark

  July 2, 2020

  DR Koncerthuset

  Oslo, Norway

  July 7, 2020

  (to be announced)

  Cardiff, Wales

  July 10, 2020
  July 11, 2020
  St. David’s Hall (Invitation only) 
  International Convention Centre Wales

  Edinburgh, Scotland

  July 14, 2020

  Usher Hall

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Sissel Returns for 2019 Pioneer Day Concert!

Internationally acclaimed Norwegian-born singer Sissel will be the featured guest for The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day Concert that is held annually in conjunction with community-wide events. The concert will be held Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 202019, at 8:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time) in the Conference Center at Temple Square.

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2019 Tanner Gift of Music: Celebrating the Golden Spike

The O.C. Tanner Gift of Music Concert on May 10, 2019, in the Conference Center at Temple Square pays tribute to an epoch moment in our nation’s history—the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in 1869. Invited by the State of Utah, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Utah Symphony will present the signature cultural event of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Golden Spike. The Tabernacle Choir performed at the celebratory events for the 100th anniversary in 1969 at Promontory, Utah, to a crowd of 12,000, including state and national officials.

On the 10th day of May 1869 at the remote promontory north of the Great Salt Lake, two locomotives—the Jupiter from the Central Pacific and the 119 from the Union Pacific—met nose-to-nose, completing the transcontinental railroad. Railroad dignitaries from the two competing companies ceremoniously “tapped” in the final spikes to signal the joining of the two lines. The completion of nearly 2,000 miles of railroad track had garnered such worldwide attention that a telegraph operator immediately sent the announcement to the waiting public: “Done.” Cannons boomed across the country, flags were unfurled, bands played “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Yankee Doodle,” and citizens marched in parades with fireworks overhead—all to celebrate the monumental completion of the steel backbone of the nation. The celebration in Utah was equally spectacular, with 7,000 gathering in the Salt Lake Tabernacle to honor the event.

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Learn More about the 2019 Tanner Gift of Music Concert!

The Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony on Friday, May 10, at 8:00 p.m. will present the O. C. Tanner Gift of Music in the Conference Center at Temple Square as part of Utah’s Golden Spike 150th Celebration events and activities. The Choir and Symphony will be joined on stage by two talented Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty as they celebrate the completion of the transcontinental railroad. On a historical note, the Choir and Symphony have performed together at both the 50th and 100th anniversaries of this event. It seemed only fitting they perform together again for the 150th.

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Reflections from Retiring Choir Members

On April 28, 2019, 29 devoted singers of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square finished their volunteer service as members of the Choir. Their combined service totaled 284 years! When they join the Choir, members know that they may serve for a total of 20 years or until their 60th birthday—whichever comes first. Those who are retiring this year have served between 5 years and 20+ years (due to special circumstances). Bob and Gloria Campbell, who served as orchestra librarians for 16 years, were also honored at the April 28 ceremony.

Once each year a special ceremony is held following a broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word, in which retiring Choir members are individually recognized for their service and their families are recognized for their support and sacrifice. This year Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the adviser of The Tabernacle Choir, came to express his love and gratitude for the service of these wonderful Choir members on this special occasion.

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Contest Winners Get Their Moment to Shine

On March 15, 2019, the Choir announced an opportunity of a lifetime—a “Sing with the Choir” contest in honor of the latest Choir album Let Us All Press On: Hymns of Praise and Inspiration.

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How to Watch This Year’s Easter Concert—Additional Viewing Options

Viewers are in for a treat this year as The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square will perform He Is Risen: A Sacred Easter Presentation. The concert will also include the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble, who joined its talents with the Choir during the 2018 Christmas concert.

The concert program includes many of Mack Wilberg’s unique arrangements, including favorites such as “He Is Risen,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “How Great the Wisdom and the Love,” and “The Easter Day with Joy Was Bright.” It will also include associate director Ryan Murphy’s arrangement of “In the Garden” and conclude with the stirring conclusion to Handel’s Messiah “Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain.”

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The Choir and Orchestra Present “He Is Risen: A Sacred Easter Presentation”

The Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square, and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble will present “He Is Risen: A Sacred Easter Presentation.” 

  • Watch the stream on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The stream will be available in English on Saturday, April 20 from the ChurchOfJesusChrist.org website, the Choir’s website thetabernaclechoir.org; the Choir's YouTube channel; and on the Choir’s Facebook page.  The concert will also be posted here and on YouTube for later viewing.
  • Watch on BYUtv on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. BYUtv is available on cable systems including Dish and DirecTV, over the air in Utah, and via the internet at byutv.org.
  • Attend the concert on Temple Square on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the 2019 Easter Concert have all been distributed. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating, which is often available.
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