Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Will Tour the West Coast in 2018

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will be taking the show on the road once again. The 16-day Classic Coast Tour begins on Monday, June 18, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

The tour will make five stops throughout California, Washington, and Canada, including Costa Mesa, Mountain View, and Rohnert Park, California. Then the tour heads up the coast to Vancouver, Canada, before concluding in Seattle, Washington. Links to the specific concert venues as well as information about prior tours is available at motab.org/tour.

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The Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2017 Fall Concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2017 fall concert will take place in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. Igor Gruppman will conduct the all-volunteer orchestra.

Tickets for the concert are free and will be available beginning Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) at lds.org/events or by calling 801-570-0800 or toll-free 1-866-537-8457. There is a limit of four tickets per person. Admission is open to those eight and older. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 7:15 p.m.

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Recording for 107 Years

There aren’t many musical groups who can say that they have been recording for 107 years—and have performed in some of the first historic recordings along the way.

According to the Deseret Evening News, an “epoch in musical history” began when the Columbia Phonograph Company first captured the majestic sound of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Tabernacle organ in September 1910. It was in the early days of sound recording; microphones had been invented but they weren’t refined enough for  reproducing music. Instead, large flared horns that focused sound into an acoustic recording device were used. The Choir was the first large choral group to be successfully recorded for an acoustic phonographic reproduction.

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Did You Know “Goodbye” is Short for “God Be with You?”

It’s amazing how words and phrases can evolve over time and take on new meaning—for instance, in the 1300’s, the word “nice” meant “silly,” or “ignorant.” “Egregious,” which now means “outstandingly bad,” used to mean “remarkably good.”

While the evolution of “goodbye” isn’t as dramatic of a shift in meaning as the previous examples, it has quite an interesting background. The first known use of the word “goodbye” was recorded in 1573 in a letter by English writer and scholar, Gabriel Harvey, which reads: “To requite your gallonde [gallon] of godbwyes, I regive you a pottle of howdyes.”" “Godbwye” is a contraction of the phrase “God be with ye.”  Throughout the years the word “good” was substituted for “God” due to the influence of phrases such as “good day” or “good evening.”

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The Remarkable Orchestra at Temple Square

The workings of a symphony orchestra—from assembling the right complement of musicians to handling logistical details to rehearsing the repertoire—are intricate, even for full-time paid musical organizations. This makes the record of the all-volunteer Orchestra at Temple Square quite remarkable in comparison.

The Orchestra at Temple Square was formed in the fall of 1999 by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as a companion ensemble to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Church leaders wanted an ongoing orchestra that could support the Choir in its role as a musical ambassador for the Church. The Orchestra has added a new and significant dimension of sound and repertoire to the Choir.

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Can Singing Really Make You Happy?

Have you ever wondered why some people are so happy? The key to happiness might be as simple as singing. 

A study published in Australia compares the deep breathing aspect of singing to an aerobic activity, giving the body more oxygen in the blood, which improves our overall mood by releasing endorphins. Also, the concentration required in singing reduces the stress of having to worry about the problems we face on a daily basis, such as money or work stress. “Learning is also part of the process -- learning new songs, new harmonies, new methods of keeping tempo. Learning has long been known to keep brains active and fend off depression, especially in older people.”

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Reaches 100,000 Twitter Followers

100,000 Twitter followers! That’s amazing! Thank you to everyone for following, liking, retweeting, and commenting.

Like many things in life, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir seems to get better with age, and our social media efforts are no exception. If you aren’t already following us on Twitter, take a second to start following us today. We’ll give you the latest updates on guest artists, albums, tours, music videos, concerts, blog posts, memes, quotes, auditions, history, and general information on the Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square.

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Fred Vogler Playing the Audio Console Like an Instrument

Fred Vogler isn’t a name everyone recognizes—unless you are in the business of sound. Vogler, a multi-Grammy Award winner with a long list of credits, and his colleague Bruce Leek, also Grammy-nominated, are contract sound engineers who since 2003 have worked on the Choir’s CDs and DVDs and its much-acclaimed Christmas concert specials. They complement accomplished in-house sound engineers Trent Walker, Chris Martin, Jason Graham, and others, who work week in and week out on the technical elements of the Choir’s signature sound.

As the principal sound designer for the Hollywood Bowl and Disney Concert Hall, Vogler also works with the major resident companies at the two venues, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, and LA Master Chorale, as well as the guest artists who perform at these venues. His work at the Hollywood Bowl was recently chronicled in story by radio station KPCC.

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The Latin Language Is Alive in Mormon Tabernacle Choir Videos

Have you ever heard someone say, “Latin is a dead language,” but you didn’t really understand why? The reason for this is because it is no longer used as the primary language of a particular community. While Latin may not be the native tongue of any particular community, it is spoken by numerous people around the globe and is gaining in popularity. A WGBH Radio news article states, “Believe it or not, there's a whole living Latin movement—people who are trying to get Latin to be used as a spoken language, not just treating it as a dead language that's on a page, that you might read in a Latin class, but actually a language you can speak conversationally.”

Only time will tell if Latin will make a full comeback as a living language, but it continues to live in music. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir continues to perform and record music with Latin phrases and complete text. Here are 9 videos by the Choir and guests with Latin language references:

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