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Choir and Orchestra to Present Easter Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present an Easter concert conducted by music director Mack Wilberg on Good Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The repertoire for the concert will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives and a new work with music by Mack Wilberg called A Cloud of Witnesses.

Orchestra Concertmaster Shares Her Love of Music

When the Orchestra at Temple Square was announced in 1999, Meredith Campbell, a professional musician who had performed with the Utah Symphony and a busy mother of seven, auditioned to become a musical goodwill ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She grew up in a musical family where everyone played an instrument—they even had their own family orchestra for a time. Campbell relished the performing opportunities she’d had through the years both as a professional musician and as a volunteer in church musical events. So when the notice of auditions appeared, she didn’t hesitate.

The Remarkable Orchestra at Temple Square

The workings of a symphony orchestra—from assembling the right complement of musicians to handling logistical details to rehearsing the repertoire—are intricate, even for full-time paid musical organizations. This makes the record of the all-volunteer Orchestra at Temple Square quite remarkable in comparison.

A Fall Celebration of Music!

The Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2016 Fall Concert, “Dreams and Dances,” will take place in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. Igor Gruppman will conduct the all-volunteer, nationally recognized orchestra. Tickets for the concert are free and will be available beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The skill and Dedication of the Orchestra Members

In 1999 violinist Meredith Campbell read about auditions for the soon to be organized Orchestra at Temple Square. All volunteer. She had begun playing the piano at age 4 and switched to the violin at age 8.  Long hours of practice, summer music camps and university degrees followed. She had played with the Utah Symphony and jumped at the chance to be part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Organization.  She has been performing in the violin section since that early audition. In the beginning, the Orchestra played on Music and Spoken Word broadcasts about every two months.  It was an early training period for the Choir. Today, she is Concert Master.

Orchestra at Temple Square Spotlight: The Family That Plays Together...

In 1999, Bassoonist Christian Smith received a call about joining a newly formed Orchestra at Temple Square. President Gordon B. Hinckley had approved an all-volunteer orchestra and the roster was beginning to take shape. Smith's skills as a bassoonist were needed and he was put on the roster though his first official concert was in January 2001, due to him still attending school. Smith has been performing with the Orchestra ever since, which was the beginning of what would eventually become a family affair. 

Fall Orchestra Concert features Haydn and Rachmaninoff

Ask Igor Gruppman, a world renowned conductor, violinist and concert leader who has performed with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, what distinguishes the Orchestra at Temple Square from others and he is quick to explain, “What I can share with the Orchestra at Temple Square is the understanding and testimony of where the music is coming from, its divine mission, the life and dedication of the composer who wrote it.  My work with the Orchestra opens this door and allows us to share a complete experience.”

Haydn and Rachmaninoff in One Evening

The Orchestra at Temple Square announces its fall concert entitled “An Austrian Cello Concerto and a Russian Symphony” on Friday, Oct 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.  The concert will mark Igor Gruppman’s 10th anniversary conducting the Orchestra.  The featured repertoire will be Haydn’s Cello Concert no. 1 with Daniel Gaisford as guest artist and the Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 2 showcasing the Orchestra.  Tickets for the concert will be available Tuesday, September 17 at 10 a.m. at or by calling 801-570-0080. 

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