Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

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

“The experience of walking out from backstage to onstage is overwhelming. It’s so huge, and there are so many people that are so excited to be there, and you can feel that” —Santino Fontana

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.

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Honored with Classical Music Distinction

“ We will continue to pursue excellence in song for generations to come” —Ron Jarrett

Imagine the Choir’s name along side John Williams, George Gershwin, John Philip Sousa and Leonard Bernstein? It will now be a reality; on February 26, 2015, during a ceremony prior to a concert for the American Choral Director’s Association, the announcement was made that Choir was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame

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3 Mysteries Linked to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Music and History

Everyone loves a good mystery, right? The joy of collecting evidence and gathering tidbits of information is akin to working on a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. When you place the final piece you can finally rest—until you start the next puzzle. Here are some fun mysteries related to the Choir and its music.

Important Photo Discovery of First Choir Conductor Leads to a New Mystery

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Choir Stitches Deborah Voigt a Quilt of Love

Guest artists do more than perform on stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They become part of the Choir family. And family members do special things for each other.

Deborah Voigt, famed Metropolitan Opera soprano, headlined the 2013 Christmas program with renditions of the English carol “The Holly and the Ivy” and the lighthearted “The Twelve Days after Christmas” as well as the Choir’s traditional “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” Click here for more about the concert music.

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Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound…When Sung by Choir Fans

Fans of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are in for a huge treat next week during the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. The Choir will have a special kiosk set up that will allow Choir fans registered for the ACDA conference to fulfill their lifelong dream of singing with the Choir. That’s right—you will have the opportunity to sing “Amazing Grace” along with a recording of the Choir while “standing in” with a backdrop of the Choir. The performance will be recorded and given to the participants who are brave enough to share their talent in front of the camera.

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Santino Fontana to Perform with the Choir for the Third Time in a Year

Perhaps three really is a magic number; Broadway and film actor, Santino Fontana, will perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir next weekend at the American Choral Directors Society (ACDA) concert. He will become the first guest artist to perform with the Choir three times in the space of a year. Fontana made his debut with the Choir at the 2014 Pioneer Day concert last July and returned a mere five months later for the Christmas concert, which also featured the Sesame Street Muppets.

The ACDA concert will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the conference center in Salt Lake City. Although tickets for the concert have sold out, standby seating will be available the day of the concert on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional Choir guest artists will be Sylvia McNair, U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and the combined ACDA National Conference Honor Choirs.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings with Global Family Reunion Founder—Proceeds to Benefit Alzheimer's

Imagine putting together the world’s largest family reunion in history—not for the Osmond’s or the Duggar’s, but a bigger, international family reunion. On June 6, 2015, author, journalist and founder of Global Family Reunion, A.J. Jacobs is determined to do just that. He is currently building a family tree that connects the entire world. According to globalfamilyreunion.com, the reunion will be “An event like no other. The biggest, most inclusive and most fascinating family reunion in history.” The best part is, all 7 billion members of the human family are invited to the reunion, with all proceeds going directly to benefit Alzheimer’s. Jacobs said, "Once we realize we're all related….we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer's." 

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir are the latest “Cousins” in a string of notable people to pose with the “I Am A Cousin” sign, which includes George H.W. Bush, John Legend and Daniel Radcliffe. Supersize Me filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, will produce a documentary about the Global Family Reunion.

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Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry Shares the Inspiration Behind Her Beloved Songs

Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry is known and admired throughout The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has written over 1,000 songs, 60 albums, 9 cantatas, and several musicals. Ten of her children’s songs are published in the Church's Children’s Songbook. Among her most famous songs are “Love Is Spoken here,” “I’m trying to Be like Jesus,” “The Church of Jesus Christ,” and “I Love to See the Temple.” She also wrote “A Child’s Prayer,” which was voted number 1 by LDS Living readers in a survey to determine the 100 Greatest LDS Songs of All Time.

Last year, Perry gave the Choir some personal insight into her beloved songs during a video interview. The videos below include stories about what inspired her to write the songs, her personal testimony, and rare footage of Perry performing “A Child’s Prayer” as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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