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Orchestra and Chorale to Present Combined Spring Concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale will combine forces for a spring concert March 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be directed by Ryan Murphy, Mormon Tabernacle Choir Associate Music Director. The Orchestra is an all-volunteer companion ensemble to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Chorale is made up of singers currently completing the Choir audition process.

The first half of the program will highlight the Orchestra at Temple Square performing British composer Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, an engaging theme followed by 14 variations dedicated to friends Elgar described as "pictured within."

The second half will feature the Temple Square Chorale accompanied by the Orchestra performing Ralph Vaughn Williams's Dona nobis pacem, written in 1936 as a plea for peace. The Vaughn Williams work will be bookended by two pieces written by Mack Wilberg that were commissioned by Carnegie Hall to be performed as a prologue and an epilogue for the Dona nobis pacem. The two pieces, entitled "Requiem aeternam" and "Let Peace Then Still the Strife," were premiered in March 2006 as part of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival. (The "Requiem aeternam" later become the first movement of a full Requiem written by Mack Wilberg and premiered in 2007.)

Tickets will be available beginning February 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at lds.org/events or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS).