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The Choir and Orchestra: Performing the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

For over 40 years, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been performing the beloved songs of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist and playwright Oscar Hammerstein II. Beginning in the 1940s and 1950s the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein changed the world of music and theater. Their popular Broadway musicals began what is now considered the “golden age” of musical theater. Their music today continues to give audiences around the world encouragement, hope, and comfort.

Former Choir Guest Artists Perform Music from The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is an American musical film, released on December 20, 2017. Surprisingly, in the first week of its release, the film was actually considered a box-office bomb. An early review boldly stated, “Considering the film that triumphantly declared itself ‘the greatest show’ had an $84 million budget, this is a flop for 20th Century Fox. Condolences to Hugh Jackman and his passion project.”

“Bring Him Home”: Alfie Boe Returns to Broadway in Les Misérables

Opera singer Alfie Boe is back on Broadway as Jean Valjean in the hit Broadway musical Les Misérables. Boe has admitted that Valjean is a special role for him and that it took his career to a new level when he sang in Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary  at London’s O2 Arena in 2010. "That was the moment that turned my career around. . . . It's something that I'll respect for the rest of my career, something I hold very dear to my heart," said Boe. His Broadway run began September 1, 2015, and marks his first return to Broadway since his debut in La Bohème in 2002.

Broadway Star Laura Osnes and Beloved British Actor Martin Jarvis Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concert

Back by popular demand after charming audiences at this summer’s Pioneer Day concert, Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on December 17, 18 and 19 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Taking the stage with Osnes will be acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis. Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, these powerhouse talents will ring in the holiday spirit for audiences young and old.

4 Disney Songs Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The music of Disney movies, musicals and theme park attractions has long been a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s repertoire. In the above photo, Donald Duck was the guest con-duck-tor of the Choir back in 1988, where he led them in singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” during a rehearsal. Even before that, the Choir released an album titled, When You Wish Upon A Star, which was a tribute to Walt Disney. Below are four videos of the Choir performing Disney songs—some of which are included on the tribute album.

Santino Fontana Performs “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story

This week will mark the third time Santino Fontana has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when he joins them on stage during the American Choral Director's Association concert. It’s hard to believe that just seven months ago, Fontana walked onto the stage at the Conference Center singing “Something’s Coming” from the award-winning musical, West Side Story. Although the original Broadway production opened almost 60 years ago, Fontana brought a youthful enthusiasm to the performance, making the Leonard Bernstein song sound brand new.

"Bring Him Home”—A Universal Prayer of Hope

“Bring Him Home” is a song from the popular Broadway musical a Les Misérables, which is performed by the main character, Jean Valjean. In the musical, Valjean pleads to God to preserve the life of another man. The television show 20/20 did a video interview on the writing of “Bring Him Home” in which the narrator said, “One of the most emotionally powerful moments in the show is a prayer Vajean sings offering his life to God in exchange for the younger man’s life.”

Frozen Star Headlines Choir Summer Concert

The artist who brought magic to life as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen will headline this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day concerts. Santino Fontana joins the Choir in two gala performances entitled “A Summer Celebration of Song,” which will be held on July 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center.

5 Broadway Classics Sung By The Choir

The songs of Broadway are timeless. They capture moments of joy and sadness and elicit the human experience in a unique and touching way. Within the songs are messages of hope that resonate within. The music brings the messages to life and leaves a long-lasting impression that can be carried throughout our lives. Here are five beloved classic Broadway songs performed by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square:

How Did the Song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Inspire “We Will Rock You?”

After the success of Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein sought to create a new musical but feared that critics would unfavorably compare it with the first. The result was Carousel, which opened on Broadway on April 19, 1945, and was a big hit with audiences and critics alike. The show ran for 890 performances in its first run and was also very successful in revival productions. Of all of the shows Rodgers and Hammerstein did together, Carousel was their personal favorite.

Whether from a Single Voice Offstage or a 360-Member Choir, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” Shines

In March of 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were on the verge of becoming household names. Their first musical collaboration, Oklahoma!, was opening on Broadway, and the first song from the show became one of their most famous. “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” was recorded numerous times and was featured on many television variety shows. It was one of the most popular songs to originate during the wartime era, and it gained additional popularity when the 1955 film version, starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae, was released.

Best Picture Nominees for People Who Love Choral Music

Chorus America, the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field, recently published a list of "Best Picture Nominees for People Who Love Choral Music." The list suggests the "films that should be on every choral music lover’s must-see list." From The Music Never Stopped to Frozen, the list includes a variety of films, that people who love choral music would enjoy.