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Mack Wilberg Discusses Messiah

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has had a relationship with Messiah for many, many years. In fact, the Choir’s first recording in 1910 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle included the famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Over the years the Choir has recorded various selections from Messiah as well as the entire oratorio. In 1959, the Choir’s best-selling recording of Messiah received gold record recognition and it was later inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. On March 4, 2016, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a new recording of Handel’s Messiah, edited and conducted by Dr. Mack Wilberg.

Choir Members Volunteer “For the Joy of Music”

When composer-conductor John Williams conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square during the Cultural Olympiad for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City he observed: “These are people who are there for the joy of music. It’s not a job with them; it’s a mission.”

New CD Featuring Mack Wilberg Sacred Music Coming May 2018

Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the next recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Coming May 4, 2018, this anticipated new album features the premiere recordings of two larger-scale New Testament themed choral works composed by Mack Wilberg—with six additional compositions and three hymn arrangements—all previously unrecorded. 

Listen to These Christmas Songs Composed by Mack Wilberg

The director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg, is known around the world for his compositions and arrangements. His works are respected and appreciated by the choral community as well as the casual listener. Wilberg once said, “I work very hard to stimulate and keep people’s attention. Music ought to be an enjoyable journey for the listener.”

Mack Wilberg Is Directing a New Choir—of Prison Inmates

Since 2008, Mack Wilberg has been the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and his duties include conducting 360 singers and the 150-piece Orchestra at Temple Square. The arranging, composing, rehearsal, performance, and recording schedule is rigorous, to say the least. By most people’s standards, that is already a lot to handle—but evidently not for Mack Wilberg.  He’s taking on a new choir in his spare time.

15 Stunning Mack Wilberg Arrangements

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg, is known around the world for his soul-stirring arrangements, which bring a renewed energy to well-known melodies. The 15 videos below are just a sampling of the hundreds of songs that have been arranged by Wilberg.

"Amazing Grace": Mack Wilberg’s Arrangement of the Famous Folk Hymn

We’ve all heard “Amazing Grace” sung in many forms, from the country to pop, Celtic to gospel. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson have recorded it and it has been used in many films and pop culture settings. The hymn is one of the most recognizable English language songs and has been recorded over 6,600 times. "It may be the most recorded song on the planet," said Jerry Bailey, executive at Broadcast Music, Inc., of Nashville.

Mack Wilberg Works

Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is one of the preeminent composers and conductors choral music today. His music is published by Oxford University Press where he is considered one of their most important composers and arrangers. He has given renewed vitality to well-loved hymns, patriotic anthems, folk music and classics. Rarely is a Choir concert or broadcast without a signature Wilberg tune.

Mack Wilberg Discusses Handel's Messiah

We hope you have enjoyed our Easter Weekend presentation of Handel's Messiah. The Choir and Orchestra are recording a studio version of Messiah for release in 2015. For updates, please go to the Messiah page and enter your email address.