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J.F.K. Nephew Tim Shriver Visits the Tabernacle & Sings with the Choir

56 years ago, John F. Kennedy spoke in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The September 26, 1963 visit would be his fifth and final one to Utah. While in Salt Lake City, he gave a 27-minute speech mostly devoted to foreign policy, but he also commended Utah’s high school graduation rate. He also praised the “Mormon” pioneers saying, “Of all the tales of America's pioneers and settlers, none is more inspiring than that of the Mormon Trail." His visit to Utah occurred just 55 days before his tragic assassination.

In the summer of 2019, Kennedy’s nephew Timothy Shriver was in Salt Lake City as the keynote speaker for the Utah Charter Network Symposium. Shriver leads the International Board of Directors of the Special Olympics. He is the Co-Chair of the National Commission on Social and Emotional Learning, and Chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

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Orchestra at Temple Square’s 20th Anniversary Concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Concert on October 25-26 (Friday, Saturday) in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. The program will include a new work celebrating the Orchestra’s anniversary by composer Nathan Hofheins and Beethoven’s acclaimed Piano Concerto no. 5 in E Flat Major (“Emperor”), op.73, featuring pianist Stephen Beus, 2006 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition winner and graduate of The Julliard School. Dr. Beus is currently an assistant professor on the piano faculty at Brigham Young University. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4 in F Minor, op. 36.

Igor Gruppman will conduct the Orchestra at Temple Square for this anniversary concert.  Gruppman was the Orchestra's concertmaster at the inaugural concert in 1999 and was named conductor of the Orchestra in 2003. He enjoys a career as a violin soloist, conductor, concertmaster and chamber musician and has appeared in the great European capitals and in the major cities of North America, Israel, and New Zealand. In addition to his duties with the Orchestra at Temple Square, he is currently concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Dancers: Be Part of Our Christmas Concert Tradition!

The Tabernacle Choir organization is seeking experienced, enthusiastic dancers for the annual Christmas concerts to be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 12, 13, and 14, 2019. The annual Christmas concerts include a 600-person-strong cast of 360 Choir voices, 150 Orchestra at Temple Square instrumentalists, 32 bell ringers from Bells on Temple Square, and actors and dancers, who join with the invited guest artists to produce this annual holiday spectacle.

We are seeking experienced, enthusiastic dancers of all ages, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes with strong performance skills in the areas of musical theater dance and ballet—especially male adult and children performers.

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How You Can Join President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration!

Family, friends, associates, dignitaries, and Church members from around the world have been 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). 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 as a special witness of Jesus Christ.

Join the Celebration—From Anywhere In The World!

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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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