Mack Wilberg and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have done it again! Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the brand new release from the Choir and is an essential album for Wilberg fans.
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.
Utah Premiere of Wilberg Work Headlines Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale Spring Concert
SALT LAKE CITY — The Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale will join their musical talents for this year’s Spring Concert on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 2016. The evening’s performances will be under the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.
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.”
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.
Update (11/30/18): The "Silent Night" music video, starring Kevin Sorbo, is now available at the conclusion of this blog post. The audio was recorded live during the 2017 Christmas concert of which this story mentions.
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.”
In case you thought Mack Wilberg was just the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, we’ve got some news for you: in addition to his duties as director—which is a serious job in and of itself—Wilberg is a world-class composer and arranger.
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.
The Christmas season is here! Refresh your spirit during the busy season with these 12 videos, featuring the breathtaking arrangements of the Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg has created countless arrangements including patriotic, children’s songs, sacred hymns and Christmas carols.
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.
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, 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, Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is in Greenville, South Carolina this weekend to participate in Furman University's Church Music Conference as the featured clinician and Distinguished Lecturer. Wilberg will lead sessions at the conference and conduct a choir made up of conference attendees.
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