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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Donates Proceeds from Vienna Austria Concert to Charity

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performed in the “Goldener Saal” (Golden Hall) of the famed Musikverein concert hall, on July 3, 2016. Since the 18th century,  Vienna has been a major city for the performing arts and is often referred to as “the capital of classical music.” The “Goldener Saal” of the Musikverein was completed in 1870 and Johannes Brahms was principal music conductor there (1873-75) and Gustav Mahler served as orchestra conductor (1898-1901).

The Choir and Orchestra performed to a full house and very receptive audience. As the Choir finished its encore number, “God Be with You,” sung in German to the Austrian audience, there were tears and appreciative responses from the patrons in the hall. The elegant surroundings were a wonderful background for the memories created here by this musical experience for both the audience and choir members.

The proceeds from this Choir and Orchestra concert were donated to the charitable organization, Caritas Austria. The contribution also included funds from the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The funds will support Caritas projects for local citizens as well as refugee projects.

President Helmut Wondra, stake president in Vienna, said Caritas Austria’s goals mirror those of Church humanitarian efforts which relieve suffering for families of all nationalities and religions and offer hope with the potential for a better life for millions of people around the world.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett said the donation is one of the highlights of the European tour. “We always want to uplift people through music and give them joy, peace, and hope. To be able to use our musicianship to support the good work of Caritas is a humbling opportunity.”

Caritas Austria’s broad scope of programs underscores its enduring commitment to prevent and ease the hardships of the poor. Initiatives include disaster relief, HIV and AIDs awareness campaigns, homecare for the disabled, shelters for the homeless and single mothers, counseling and support centers for people struggling with substance abuse, and occupational projects for the unemployed.

This is the Choir’s first tour to Europe in almost two decades and fulfills President Jarrett’s goal to have the Choir perform internationally again. “Through social media we have been able to reach audiences far and wide. We are thrilled that international audiences are enjoying the musicianship of the Choir and Orchestra in person. There’s nothing quite like it.