Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Choir Retirements and New Beginnings

When people attend Mormon Tabernacle Choir concerts or listen to Choir recordings, many notice something unique about the Choir. Martin Jarvis, noted British actor who narrated the Choir’s 2015 Christmas concert, said this to Choir members about his experience:

“I’ve been able to see there is something that goes on. What is it called? Dedication? Commitment? Love? Joy? Inspiration? All these things meld together. And the expression as you are singing, the way you are all living inside the music, is something that I don’t really think I’ve seen before, in the same way. It’s all that commitment and love and celebration that makes me love the Choir.”
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Music and the Random Act—BYUtv’s Random Acts Features the Choir and Orchestra

Random Acts is a new heartwarming hidden-camera show that centers around doing good things for others in unexpected ways and will inspire viewers to pay it forward. The show airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. mountain time on BYUtv, and episodes can be viewed on after they air.

In the fourth episode of the series, which involves the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, a guest is surprised with the opportunity of a lifetime. Shelby Ward arrived early to the March 13, 2016, broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word, thinking she was there to see a special guest. She was completely surprised when the host, Lloyd Newell, announced to the audience that she would be performing with the Orchestra. She was quickly escorted downstairs and treated to *makeup, hair, and wardrobe.

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Choir and Orchestra Participate in BYUtv’s Random Acts

As children we learn we must be kind to others, but as we grow into adults do we remember to continue that pattern of behavior toward others?  Do we look for ways to reach out to others who might need our help? A well-known youth leader has said recently, “It is the love of God and neighbor that gives meaning to life.”

Random Acts, a new original television hidden-camera series which premiered earlier this month, recently filmed one of its upcoming episodes in the Salt Lake Tabernacle with the help of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.  Watch what happens as the guest is surprised with an opportunity that fulfilled a long-held dream. Episode 4 is scheduled to be aired on April 25, 2016 on BYUtv or you can watch it online among Random Acts episodes after it has aired.

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Why Was “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Not Included in the Current Hymnbook?

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," from the opening session of general conference, April 2, 2016

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New Collection Marks 25 Years of Lloyd Newell Writing the “Spoken Word”

Nearly every week for the past 25 years, Lloyd Newell has stood at the microphone in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and presented a message of inspiration to people in all parts of the world. As the announcer for Music and the Spoken Word, the longest continuously running network broadcast, Newell welcomes listeners and viewers to the half-hour program as well as sharing a message he most often writes himself.

Now a collection of over 150 of these messages has been published in a new book Celebrating Music and the Spoken Word: 25 Years of Inspirational Spoken Words.  A separate 2-CD set includes over 50 Spoken Word messages narrated by Lloyd Newell.

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5 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Videos with Over 1 Million Views

Since 2012, when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir joined the YouTube world, viewers from around the globe have experienced the Choir like never before. Even though the weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, is available to international audiences, special concert performances, music videos, behind the scenes videos, guest artist interviews, tour videos, and more are available on our YouTube channel. There are thousands of videos with something for everyone to love. Take a look at our first five videos to reach the 1 million view mark.

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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.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle, the first half of the concert will feature the Orchestra performing an excerpt from the Suite from The Wise Virgins orchestrated by William Walton from music by J. S. Bach and From Death to Life by C. Hubert H. Parry.  The concert’s second half will feature the Utah premiere of Mack Wilberg’s work The Prodigal performed by the Temple Square Chorale accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square.

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Music and the Spoken Word in over 50 languages!

For more than 86 years, nearly the lifetime of radio, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has presented a weekly program, Music and the Spoken Word, which provides music and messages of peace, love, hope, and inspiration to audiences around the world. This past Sunday, March 27, the Choir marked their 4,515th broadcast, an achievement unsurpassed by any other program.

The first broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word on July 15, 1929, was transmitted using just one microphone to 30 radio stations. Over the years, more and more radio stations joined them.  Decades later, the Choir’s audience increased when television was added to radio broadcasts. . As technology developed, satellite and cable transmissions were added to the broadcast. With each new addition, Music and the Spoken Word reached many more appreciative listeners. In October 2012, the Choir launched its own YouTube channel providing another means of reaching people throughout the entire world.  The weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word is now live-streamed on the Choir’s website and on its YouTube channel.

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Music Is The Universal Language

“Music is the universal language of mankind,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote. The truth of his statement was evident during and after the Sunday, March 20, 2016 broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.

The Female Alumnae Choir of Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia performed two numbers on the broadcast: “Anima nostra sicut passer” in Latin, and “Karske neiu” in their native tongue.  It was an opportunity for them to share the strong Estonian tradition of choral music.  Historically, music has been the Estonians’ unifying weapon of choice as they sought to free themselves from the political domination and rule of other nations. Estonia is often referred to as the “singing nation” because of their traditional dedication to large music festivals where for 140 years the love of choral performance has been fostered.

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Hear What President Thomas S. Monson Said about Seeing the Choir Live in Concert

Most people who have experienced the music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have experienced it through a television, tablet, phone, or computer screen. While all of those are great options to watch the Choir’s weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts or YouTube channel, there is an even better option to experience the fullness of the Choir’s wall of sound—and that is to see a live concert.

Each year, residents of Utah and the surrounding states have easy access to watch the Choir’s weekly broadcast live. In addition to the broadcast, the Choir participates in various live concerts, including for Christmas and Pioneer Day, special events, and biannual tours.

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