Tabernacle Organist Richard Elliott and the Orchestra at Temple Square perform "Hot Pipes" (Movement no. 4 - Jazz Concerto for Organ and Orchestra) from the 2014 Pioneer Day concert featuring Santino Fontana.
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Santino Fontana and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform a "Happy" Medley including "Happy" by singer/producer Pharell Williams.
Performed during the 2014 Pioneer Day concert, the medley includes:
"Sing Happy," from Flora and the Red Menace (Music: John kander/Lyrics: Fred Ebb)
"I Want To Be Happy," from No, No , Nanette (Music: Vincent Youmans/Lyrics: Irving Caesar)
"Happy Talk" from South Pacific (Music: Richard Rodgers/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein)
"Make Someone Happy" from Do Re Mi (Music: Jule Styne/Lyrics: Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
"Happiness" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Music/Lyrics: Clark Gesner)
"Get Happy" from Summer Stock (Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: Ted Koehler)
"Put on a Happy Face" from Bye, Bye Birdie (Music: Charles Strouse/Lyrics: Lee Adams)
"Happy" from Despicable Me 2 (Music/Lyrics: Pharrell Williams)
It is an enviable record! Four thousand, four hundred twenty-six (4,426) completed broadcasts. Count them.
Since July 15, 1929 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been singing its way into the hearts of listeners in a weekly program. Its beginning was makeshift at best. A single microphone dangling over the Choir and a technician positioned on the basement stairs to cue the radio operator who then signaled the audio engineer who cued NBC headquarters in New York by telegraph. Thirty stations received that first program. Today, with its state-of-the art broadcast studio, Music and the Spoken Word is carried on television, satellite, cable and the Internet including the Choir’s own website mormontabernaclechoir.org and social media channels such as YouTube and Facebook.View Full Story
The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” debuts tonight and continues tomorrow. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m. The Choir will be broadcasting the concert on Saturday on its website—MoTab.org/PioneerDay—and BYUtv will air the program that night as well. Both are at 8 p.m. Mountain time. (BYUtv will also reair the concert on July 24 at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.)
Here are 5 memorable moments from past Pioneer Day concerts.View Full Story
The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” is just around the corner. It begins tomorrow and continues on Saturday. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m.
The Choir will be broadcasting the concert on Saturday on its website—MoTab.org/PioneerDay—and BYUtv will air the program that night as well. Both are at 8 p.m. Mountain time. (BYUtv will also reair the concert on July 24 at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.)View Full Story
“What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?” is a poem written by Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Janice Kapp Perry’s niece Kathleen Blacker was battling cancer, she noticed a plaque on the wall above her bed with the poem written on it. Blacker said it brought her more comfort than anything, so she requested President Hinckley’s permission to print the poem on her funeral program. Her request was granted, with well wishes from the prophet.View Full Story
The Osmonds have been performing together for over 50 years, a remarkable feat to say the least. People all over the world have connected the Osmond family with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), for as long as they’ve been a household name. It only seemed natural to celebrate their 50-year anniversary with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so that’s just what they did. "Can you imagine 50 years? It's unbelievable, and the life they have lived, the example they have set, not only for the Church, but the entire world!" said Mac Christensen, former president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
In July of 2008, the Osmonds joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day concerts. Merrill Osmond said, "Everywhere we've traveled, people always bring up the Mormon Tabernacle Choir." People think of them as part of the extended Mormon family, he said, "but we haven't had a chance until now to join our voices with the choir in a united message for the world to hear about faith and family."View Full Story
The Story of How a Former Choir Conductor Walked out of the Tabernacle Before "God Be with You Till We Meet Again" Was Finished
The tradition of closing every Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast with “God Be with You Till We Meet Again” is a long one, but here's how the tradition of the music conductor singing rather than leading during the song began.
In 1974, the Choir’s 11th conductor, Richard P. Condie, was set to retire. On his last broadcast, he came up with a plan to avoid all the sad goodbyes and unwittingly started a new tradition for the beloved concluding song. Here is an excerpt from the book America’s Choir: A Commemorative Portrait of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir:View Full Story
This Special Edition of Music and the Spoken Word Features the Choir at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Episode 4267 of Music and the Spoken Word was broadcast on June 26, 2011. This special edition of Music and the Spoken Word featured the Mormon Tabernacle Choir away from its normal venue at the Salt Lake Tabernacle and at various locations in the United States. Venues in the episode include, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and Red Rocks Amphitheatre just outside Denver, Colorado.
A brief history of the one-of-a-kind arch was included in this special edition of Music and the Spoken Word. An excerpt is below:View Full Story