2015 Atlantic Coast Tour
Years of Practice Just for the Moment
Daily Tour Diary 9
By Doug and Jill Furness
Have you heard the adage, "How do you get to Carnegie?"
The first answer is “Practice, Practice, Practice.” For the Mormon Tabernacle Choir now in on tour in New York it also means walking ten blocks first for the sound check in the afternoon and again for the concert—in full wardrobe. Read More
Choir Members Roaming the streets of New York
Daily Tour Diary 8
The 2015 Atlantic States Tour has now concluded day seven, and what a fantastic week it has been! Now, we have a “day of rest” from our musical missionary duties, and have been provided a needed day to “rest”, or at least enjoy a change of “scenery.” Today is a sort of halftime to think of the wonderful times we have had so far this week, as we anticipate the great opportunities that await us going forward into the next seven days! Read More
Choir Wows Saratoga Audience
Daily Tour Diary 7
Being a child of the mountains and deserts of the West, I usually feel claustrophobic and disoriented in the flat humid lands across most of the United States. This morning, though, after leaving Manhattan and heading north to Albany and Saratoga Springs, we began winding through the rocky forests of the Adirondack Mountains, and I began feeling more at home. What a beautiful land! What blessed people! Read More
Watch What It Takes to Dress the Choir on Tour
Daily Tour Diary 6
Watch what it takes to dress the choir on tour.
Do Choir members stuff their dresses, suits and ties in their suitcases and hope for an iron when they get to the hotel before the concert? That was the case years ago. In the late 1960s the men had to buy their own suit coats –light blue, the best color on camera. They got a discount at Penny’s where one of the members worked. Read More
From Drowned Rats to Concert Ready
Daily Tour Diary 5
Today started with what we thought would be a lazy wake-up, and we were glad we decided to still set an alarm for 9:00. Across the street from the Marriott Marquis hotel is a Junior's restaurant where we lucked-out with two seats at the counter with a basket full of little cinnamon rolls beside us. A waiter saw us looking longingly at the basket as he doled them out, he took pity on us, and we ended up with three on our plate before delicious meals were served. Read More
First Sunday on Tour
Daily Tour Diary 4
By Eric Huntsman
On June 28, the Choir and Orchestra enjoyed their first of two Sundays on the road during the 2015 Tour. As part of the careful planning that was done to help intersperse our rigorous travel and performing schedule with “rest and recovery time,” brunch did not begin until 11:30, which allowed members to sleep in or otherwise start their Sabbath in a relaxed manner. Read More
Take a Bow Bob and Gloria!
Daily Tour Diary 3
Some rumblings from the timpani section:
Imagine a stack of sheet music one sheet atop another reaching from the earth to the moon!
I think that is what Bob and Gloria Campbell were envisioning when they started putting music in the orchestra folders these past two weeks. Music for two different concerts and a broadcast; let's calculate: multiply 50 orchestra folders times about 35 pieces of music - that's about 1750 pieces of music. Read More
I Could See the Whites of Mack Wilberg’s Eyes
Daily Tour Diary 2
“I Could See the Whites of Mack Wilberg’s Eyes”
Today was our first performance day of the tour—and it was a full day at that, with a two-hour sound check followed by both matinee and evening performances.
My favorite thing about tour concerts that distinguishes them from concerts in our home venues at the Tabernacle and LDS Conference Center is that we are able to be so close, both to each other and to our audience. Read More
First-timer Begins Tour Journey
Daily Tour Diary 1
As a “first-timer,” I have had great expectations about tour. I heard stories of long exhausting days and little sleep, but also beautiful experiences and fond memories. Since I joined the Choir, our intense rehearsals and performances have left little time to get to know people, or even to recognize faces and names. “Just wait till you go on tour!” I heard. And so, I have long awaited this event for the precious experience of bonding and sharing from our hearts the joyful message of goodness and hope to so many live listeners. Read More
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will visit five cities on the Atlantic Coast next summer — their first visit to most of the region in over a decade. The tour will include stops in Bethesda, New York City, Saratoga Springs, Bethel Woods and Boston from 24 June through 7 July 2015 and will feature the 360-voice world-renowned choir and 68 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square.
“There is nothing quite like hearing the Choir live in concert,” says Ron Jarrett, president of the Choir. “We love going on the road to connect with our audiences on the Eastern seaboard who will experience the pure joy music can bring to the hearts and minds of its listeners.”
The Choir’s repertoire will cover everything from Bach and Broadway to American folk hymns and spirituals. Tickets for the tour will become available by the end of year with the exception of the concert in Bethesda, Maryland, where tickets are now on sale.
The 2015 Atlantic Coast tour performances will begin on Thursday, 25 June, with a concert in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Music Center at Strathmore. The Choir has visited Maryland only one time before, over 100 years ago. The next stop on the tour, on Saturday, 27 June, will be at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, on the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York. The Choir and Orchestra will then head to a performance at the Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Monday, 29 June. Saratoga Springs was the site of a well-attended concert by the Choir and Orchestra on their 2003 tour. Then it’s on to the Big Apple for two concerts in Carnegie Hall. The Choir is no stranger to New York City, having performed there six times previously, the last time a decade ago in 2003. The Atlantic Coast tour will conclude on Monday, July 6 with a final concert in the Wang Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, where the Choir and Orchestra last visited in 2003.
Since its first tour outside of Utah in 1893, the Choir has toured extensively across the United States and abroad. It has performed throughout Europe and in music capitals from Israel and Russia to Japan and Australia. Its travels have also included performances at the inaugurations of six U.S. presidents. A full complement of the Orchestra has traveled on tour with the Choir since 2005. The all-volunteer Choir and Orchestra usually tour every other year since all of the performers must take vacation time from their jobs and leave their families to undertake the travel.
The 360-voice choir, accompanied frequently by the 150-member orchestra, can also be heard weekly as part of the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. This 30-minute program is the world’s longest continuing network broadcast and currently airs on over 2,000 radio, TV, cable and satellite stations worldwide. The Choir and Orchestra are active recording artists with their own recording label, Mormon Tabernacle Choir®.
*Following for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Box Office only:
Box Office sales begin mid-May
- Closed: January 1 - April 5. Box Office will open on first day ONLY of pavilion concert on-sale dates.
- Spring Hours: April 5 - April 30. Open Thursday – Sunday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. (Box Office closes at 3:30pm)
- Summer Hours: May 1 - September 2. Open seven days a week, 10 A.M.to 7 P.M. (Box Office closes at 5:30pm)
- Fall Hours: September 2 - October 13. Open seven days a week, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. (Box Office closes at 3:30pm)
- Winter Hours: October 14 - December 31. Open Thursday – Sunday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. (Box Office closes at 3:30pm)
- Holiday Hours: Open Monday, October 13 for Columbus Day. Open special holiday hours Tuesday and Wednesday, December 30 and 31. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.