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What’s New with The Tabernacle Choir

In Case You Missed Them: Links to Choir’s Great Content

Several wonderful concerts, videos, and playlists have been streamed and released by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in recent weeks. Here are links to enjoy them again and again:

  • “Love Thy Neighbor: A Special Tabernacle Choir Event” video: This hour-long program with music and messages was presented on July 15-16, is now available to stream.
  • “I Would Be True” video: This special video was premiered for audiences of  the “Love Thy Neighbor: A Special Tabernacle Choir Event." This arrangement of “I Would Be True” is by Mack Wilberg, music director of The Tabernacle Choir, to the tune of “Londonderry Air,” a melody many recognize as “O Danny Boy.” The words are by American Congregationalist minister and hymnwriter Howard A. Walter. Additional lyrics were added by David Warner, long-time collaborator of Mack Wilberg, specifically for this special “Love Thy Neighbor” event. We encourage everyone to share the message of the video with their neighbors to make a difference in the world.
  • “Meditation” is the Choir and Orchestra’s single release of the calming and reverent melody by J. S. Bach and Gounod arranged by Mack Wilberg. It is now available on your favorite streaming services.
  • Piping Up! Organ Concerts at Temple Square Second Anniversary Concert: Amazing performances by all eight current and emeritus Tabernacle and Temple Square organists with commentary by program host, Luke Howard.
  • Bells at Temple Square Spring Concert: The 32-member English handbell ensemble performs a wide variety of numbers interspersed with music by organist Joseph Peeples and members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.
  • “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” Video: Music by the Choir and Orchestra woven together with a touching story of a woman dealing with the loss of her husband.
  •  The "Study with The Tabernacle Choir” playlist. Where did the summer go? Help your student ease back into the swing of things with The Tabernacle Choir’s Spotify playlist. This playlist of 15 songs specially selected by Mack Wilberg is designed to be a choral backdrop and musical motivation to provide energy and focus while reading or studying. Click on the link above to begin listening and then click on the “heart” icon to save the playlist to your Spotify library. You can also watch videos of 10 of the songs on the playlist by clicking here to visit the Choir’s YouTube “Study with The Tabernacle Choir” playlist. You can click on the list icon to save it to your YouTube library as well. 

The Piano Guys to Perform with The Tabernacle Choir

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has a unique program planned for Music & the Spoken Word featuring special guest artists The Piano Guys on Sunday, August 28, 2022. This is the first time the piano and cello combo, Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson, will take to the stage with The Tabernacle Choir.

No tickets are required but attendance is limited to those eight-years and older. To attend the live performance of Music & the Spoken Word in the Conference Center patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.; the 30-minute broadcast begins at 9:30 a.m. As always, audiences can live stream Music & the Spoken Word from anywhere in the world. It will also be available for on-demand viewing after the broadcast ends.

New Tabernacle Choir Managing Director Named

Special Advisor to Choir Presidency, Director of Marketing Positions Announced

As part of a revised administrative structure, Alan D. Johnson has been named to a newly created position as managing director of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. This new position is the latest in a series of structural changes that started in August 2021 when President Michael O. Leavitt and his counselors, L. Whitney Clayton, and Gary B. Porter, were called to lead the Choir.

Choir Honored Town of Quincy for Love and Compassion

The enduring legacy of compassionate actions of the residents of Quincy, Illinois was referenced in the Choir’s recent special event which focused on the biblical counsel to “Love Thy Neighbor.”

The encouragement to show love to our neighbors has deep roots in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reaching back to the dark days of 1838-39, the members of the Church fled religious persecution in Missouri leaving behind their homes, businesses, and farms.1 Governor Lilburn Boggs of Missouri had issued an “extermination order” to rid his state of these religious settlers. Beleaguered Joseph Holbrook wrote, “We found that there was no more peace or safety for the saints in the state of Missouri…Every exertion was made in the dead of winter to remove as fast as possible.”2

Stream Choir’s New Digital Release “Meditation”

The repertoire of The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square includes a broad variety of music from hymns to folk songs, classics to anthems, show tunes to patriotic favorites and many in between. The music of the Choir is both “toe-tapping” and touching as it brings peace, reflection, joy, and encouragement to its listeners.

In keeping with this legacy, the Choir is introducing a series of single digital recordings beginning appropriately with “Meditation.” The very name calls to mind the quiet, pensive, calming and spiritual practice of setting aside the cares of the world.

What Is Special about Choir’s “Love Thy Neighbor” Event?

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present a special event “Love Thy Neighbor” on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center on Temple Square.

Tickets for the “Love Thy Neighbor” event are free but required. Each patron may request four tickets and admission is open to those eight years of age and older. Tickets are available for Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16.

Richard Elliott Receives Prestigious Governor’s Mansion Artist Award

On June 15, 2022, Richard Elliott, principal Tabernacle organist, was one of several artists who received the 2022 Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist awards. “The arts can inspire us, uplift us, and help us reflect on the complexities of the human condition as well as our common humanity,” Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox said in a news release. “Utah is so lucky to have such a rich tradition of artistic talent among us and we are grateful to these artists for the joy and hope they contribute to our quality of life.”

“I’m deeply honored,” Elliott responded. “In The Tabernacle Choir organization, we feel that we stand on the shoulders of the many devoted musicians who came before us. We are fortunate to have the blessing of being able to use our musical gifts to bless the lives of others.”

Barry Anderson Retires After Two Decades

Barry Anderson is retiring in June from his position in The Tabernacle Choir front office after 21 years in the role of administrative manager. He is truly a man of many talents. In addition to being an excellent multitasker, he is a logistical genius, a great problem solver, an incredible organizer, a master sequencer, and a fine musician in his own right. Above all, Barry is a man of faith who works hard, works smart, and puts his trust in God.

In high school, Barry was selected for the all-state band on clarinet alongside Mack Wilberg, also on clarinet! He played guitar in a band with friends—the  band’s name was “The Sons of Thunder”—and he was frequently asked to sing solos for funerals. Barry’s musicianship gave him special insight in supporting the Choir in its mission and give him an extra level of respect for the Choir’s conductors. He often stated that he’d like to hang a sign on Mack’s and Ryan’s office doors: “Do not disturb. Mozart and Beethoven at work!”

A Father’s Work is Never Done

It has been said that fathers are “most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers and singers of song.” Each father is unique. Yet fathers are all the same when reaching out to their children with love to teach and guide them. It is clear that wise counsel, a worthy example, and empowering love are the building blocks of good fatherhood. Truly a father’s work is never done because it lives on in the lives of his children.

The Tabernacle Choir’s Spoken Word message for Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, includes this thoughtful text about fathers: “Our kind and loving Heavenly Father is the perfect model for fathers. Just think of all the attributes and qualities of our Heavenly Father that are also ideal in earthly fathers: He never stops caring, never stops loving His children, even amid our shortcomings and weaknesses. He guides, protects, and watches over us. He provides for our needs. He sees our potential and helps us grow to achieve it. And He’s always available, through prayer, whenever we need to feel His love and support.