Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Sesame Street Christmas Guest Reveal #’s 4&5—Introducing…

So far we’ve introduced Count von Count, Elmo and Grover, who will join Frozens Santino Fontana for this year’s show. Today we are revealing not one, but two Sesame Street guest artists for our Christmas concerts, which will be held December 11-14, 2014. Our newest guest artists to be introduced are Rosita and Abby Cadabby!

Rosita first appeared on Sesame Street in 1991. She is a turquoise, Spanish-speaking monster who hails from Mexico. She is the second bilingual Muppet to appear on the show with the first being Osvaldo the Grouch. She plays the guitar and often presents the word of the day. She also loves history and geography.

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Face to Face with Lindsey Stirling

In the summer of 2013 violinist, Lindsey Stirling, joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day Concerts. The concerts were held on July 19, and 20 in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She performed her hit song, “Elements,” along with the Choir, as well as “Poor Little Lambs” and “Scotland, the Brave/Simple Gifts.”

As a member of the Church, Stirling served as a missionary in New York City and the surrounding areas in 2008-09. Upon her return she was a finalist on the television show America’s Got Talent. Combining her violin skills with hip-hop and dub and dubstep she became an Internet sensation, amassing over 800 million views on her YouTube channel.

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An Amazing Phenomenon Happens to the Heartbeats of Choir Members When They Sing Together

We all know that music makes us feel good, but this is beyond feeling good—researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenberg have conducted a study that shows a link between choral singing and increased or decreased pulse rate.

The research group, led by Björn Vickhoff, assessed the heart rates of fifteen 18-year-old students who performed several vocal exercises including monotone humming, chanting, and singing the familiar Swedish hymn “Härlig är is jorden" (Lovely is the Earth). Choir members singing in unison not only caused their voices and breathing to be synchronized but their heart rates as well.

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Tabernacle Organist Richard Elliott Performs "The Cuckoo"

Louis Claude-Daquin was born in Paris, France, in 1694 and was an organ and harpsichord prodigy. By age six, he performed in the court of King Louis XIV and became the organist at Saint-Chapelle by age twelve.

Claude-Daquin composed “The Cuckoo” (Le coucou), which was one of his most notable pieces, and was included in his 1735 harpsichord suite, Pièces de clavecin, Troisième Livre. Claude-Daquin was a brilliant organist and attracted large crowds for his performances.

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Broadcast Number 4,444!

4,444—it’s just fun to write that number. Sunday, November 16, 2014, when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir takes their seats in the Tabernacle loft and cameras begin to roll, it will mark the 4,444th time.

The Choir’s first radio broadcast was transmitted on July 15, 1929. Since then, Music and the Spoken Word  has become the longest continuous running network broadcast in the world. Each week, the Choir's broadcast can be seen and heard internationally via radio, television, cable and the Internet. It can be streamed live from the Choir's website, mormontabernaclechoir.org at 9:30 Mountain Time each Sunday morning and heard during the week on the Choir's 24/7 music stream. The music and messages of the program inspire lives and give hope and encouragement to people around the world.

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Let The Season In: Mormon Tabernacle Choir Album Premiere

Everyone loves to go behind the scenes. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Premieres does just that. You have watched music director Mack Wilberg conduct the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and now you can listen to him share his thoughts about the recently released recording of the 2013 Christmas concert, Let the Season In. (Click on mormontabernaclechoir.org/interviews now or on the Mormon Channel starting on Monday, November 17.)

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Sesame Street Christmas Guest Reveal #3—Introducing...

We are pleased to introduce our third Sesame Street Christmas concert guest as the one and only, Grover! He will join Frozen’s Santino Fontana, Sesame Street’s Count von Count, Elmo, and other characters yet to be announced. The concerts will be held December 11-14, 2014 at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT. 

Grover made his first official appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on May 31, 1970 and has been living in the Sesame Street neighborhood ever since.

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"Glorious" by David Archuleta—Fan Supercut Video

When Meet the Mormons was released in October, the song “Glorious,” performed by David Archuleta quickly gained over 1 million views on YouTube. At the time, we wrote an article titled, Watch David Archuleta’s New Video for “Glorious,” from Meet The Mormons. The popularity of the song led Meet the Mormons to issue a video contest and the response was overwhelming, with fans around the world submitting over 420 videos. The countries represented in the video range from the Philippines, Mexico, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Canada, Costa Rica, and many from the United States.

The Song “Glorious” was originally written by Stephanie Mabey for her album Waking Up Dreaming, and was also featured on the album EFY 2012: Arise and Shine Forth.

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Watch Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Using Only Handbells

The Marriage of Figaro premiered on May 1, 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed the opera, also conducted the first two performances while seated at the keyboard. Another famed composed Johannes Brahms said, “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect; nothing like it was ever done again, not even by Beethoven."

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The Story Behind "Trumpet Tune in Seven" (Organ Solo)

In this video, Tabernacle organist Andrew Unsworth plays an organ solo titled “Trumpet Tune in Seven.” The tune was originally written as a choral piece titled “Break Forth in Concert,” which the composer, Jim Kasen, wasn’t quite satisfied with. He explained: “I decided to rework the entire thing as an organ solo and dedicate it to Andy (Andrew Unsworth). I’ve long had a profound sense of admiration for him and felt the dancing meter was representative of his light-heartedness and goodness. It turned out to be a very good fit.”

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