The hymn “If You Could Hie to Kolob” was written by William W. Phelps and was first published in the Deseret News in 1856.View Full Story
On Thursday and Friday, March 22–23, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s Messiah in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. These performances continue a tradition begun in 2014 of performing Messiah live in the Tabernacle every two years. George Frideric Handel’s musical masterpiece, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. Composed by Handel in just 24 days, this 260-page work has been performed around the world for over 275 years.
To enable as many people as possible to participate in this musical experience, on Friday, March 23, the concert will be live streamed to audiences throughout the world. The concert will also be available on demand over the internet during the Easter season on the Choir’s website. Please see motab.org/messiah for more information.View Full Story
Who doesn’t love Primary songs? Their sweet, tender melodies remind us of our childhood and bring straightforward gospel truths to life.
In the preface to the LDS Children’s Songbook, it reads:View Full Story
The account of the First Vision given by Joseph Smith is unlike anything in modern history.
In 1817, the family of Joseph Smith moved to the area of In Palmyra, New York. A few short years after their arrival, many of the religions began competing for souls, which resulted in differing opinions and great confusion among the people who lived in the area, including young Joseph.View Full Story
Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the next recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Coming May 4, 2018, this anticipated new album features the premiere recordings of two larger-scale New Testament themed choral works composed by Mack Wilberg—with six additional compositions and three hymn arrangements—all previously unrecorded.
Listeners around the world have admired Wilberg as one of the leading choral conductors of our time—as well as a talented arranger and orchestrator. But many may not be aware of Mack Wilberg’s reputation as a composer of original choral music, a field in which he also occupies a leading position today.View Full Story
In winter of 2002, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was booked solid for the entire run of the 19th Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Choir performed a total of 23 times during the three-week run of the 2002 games.
In February of 2002, the Choir participated in the Cultural Olympiad with four signature concerts, one of which featured John Williams, who composed “Call of the Champions” specifically for the 2002 Olympic Games. Williams, who had previously composed the music for three other Olympic Games, was excited to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to distinguish the piece, saying, "I was like a giddy child working with them; I loved it."View Full Story
Thanks a million … or 120 million! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel continues to soar to new heights, thanks to dedicated fans such as yourself.
It was only a few months ago, in October 2017, that the Choir’s YouTube channel reached the big 100 million mark—almost five years to the day of the initial launch. The YouTube channel is certainly helping aid the Choir’s mission, which is to transcend cultural and generational boundaries, uniting people worldwide through music.View Full Story
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square invite the public to join them for free weekly public Thursday rehearsals and the Sunday Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. The Bells on Temple Square also offer free Wednesday night public rehearsals. During the summer months and in December the Choir and Orchestra move their rehearsals and performances to the Conference Center to accommodate larger audiences.
Please check the Choir’s website to verify location, times, and exceptions for public rehearsals and broadcasts.View Full Story
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On August 17, 2012, Broadway actress Rebecca Luker joined Stanford Olsen and Dallyn Vail Bayles on the Conference Center stage to perform for President Thomas S. Monson’s 85th birthday celebration. Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and news anchor Jane Clayson Johnson were the masters of ceremony for the evening.
Luker is a three-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Drama Desk Award nominee and has starred in 10 Broadway shows including The Sound of Music, The Music Man, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Cinderella to name a handful.View Full Story