Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

How to Get 2016 Christmas Concert Tickets

It’s early to talk about Christmas since fall has just arrived, but ticket distribution for the 2016 Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square is changing. This edition of Choir Notes provides readers advance notice of this change.

The Choir, Orchestra, and Bells will perform their annual Christmas concerts in the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, December 8; Friday, December 9; and Saturday, December 10, 2016. Tickets for these concerts are required, but will continue to be free of charge.

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A Fall Celebration of Music!

The Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2016 Fall Concert, “Dreams and Dances,” will be take place in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. Igor Gruppman will conduct the all-volunteer, nationally recognized orchestra. Tickets for the concert are free and will be available beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The fall concert will open with three selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Overture,” “Nocturne,” and “Wedding March,” inspired by Shakespeare’s play. The “Overture” was composed in 1826 which Mendelssohn was only 17 years of age; the “Nocturne” and the famous “Wedding March” were part of additional pieces commissioned by the King of Prussia much later in 1842 to be incorporated into his “Overture” during performances of Shakespeare’s play.

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Australian Choir Fan Shares His Story

When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square toured Europe in the summer of 2016, fans were ecstatic. It had been 18 long years since the Choir has been to Europe—The tour visited eight European cities over 20 days and included performances in Berlin, Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Germany, Vienna, Austria, Zurich, Switzerland, Brussels, Belgium, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Choir fans came from far and wide to see them.

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Participating in Musical Events Leads to a Happier Life

Do you regularly attend concerts? Do you participate in dance classes? Do you sing in a group or choir? If you said “yes” to any of these, chances are you are more satisfied with your life. As if you needed another reason to want to audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. :-)

A new study from the journal Psychology of Music has people singing and dancing for joy! The study was written about in an article from Pacific Standard magazine and states that 1,000 Australians (with an average age of 56) who were interviewed by telephone in 2014 were asked to rate, on a 0–10 scale, “How satisfied are you with your life right now?” That general question was then broken down into seven specifics, such as how happy they were with their health, relationships, security, and achievements in life.

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Bishop Gérald Caussé Appointed Chairman, Tanner Gift of Music Committee

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on August 30, 2016, the appointment of Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop, as Chairman of the O. C. Tanner Gift of Music Committee.  He succeeds President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, who has served as committee chairman for 23 years since his appointment in 1993. 

The O. C. Tanner Gift of Music Committee was formed in 1983 to implement the direction of a trust established by Obert C. and Grace Tanner in cooperation with former LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley.  The trust’s purpose is to provide periodic concerts by the Utah Symphony and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a free gift to the community.  To date, there have been 17 concerts in the Tanner Gift of Music series, the latest being Mahler’s 8th Symphony presented in February of this year. 

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Lindsey Stirling Song Featured in Pete’s Dragon Movie

Former Choir guest artist Lindsey Stirling is flying high with her new song “Something Wild,” from the Disney movie Pete’s Dragon. “Something Wild” is a collaboration between Stirling and singer Andrew McMahon and already has 5 million video views on YouTube. Pete’s Dragon entered the box office charts at #3 and remains in the top ten after its third week in theaters.

Stirling won the hearts of America when she was featured on America’s Got Talent in 2010, when she was written off as “not good enough” by Piers Morgan and was told, “What you're doing is not enough to fill a theater in Vegas” by Sharon Osbourne. In 2014, Morgan admitted he was wrong on Twitter saying, “Congratulations ‪@LindseyStirling, you did indeed prove me wrong.”

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Jenny Oaks Baker: Special Guest on Music and the Spoken Word

On August 28, 2016, Jenny Oaks Baker, a Grammy Award-nominated, Billboard Magazine No. 1 violin recording artist and performer, will be a special guest on Music and the Spoken Word.

Jenny began playing the violin at age four and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a master of music degree from the renowned Julliard School in New York City. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress, and as guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburg Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Utah Symphony. She has also been featured on television and radio broadcasts nationwide, and film soundtracks.

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The Complete King’s Singers Video Collection from the 2016 Pioneer Day Concert

Audiences were wowed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2016 Pioneer Day concert, featuring England’s the King’s Singers. The concert included incredible highlights, such as the King’s Singers performing a moving Primary song medley, an emotional farewell tribute to retiring group member David Hurley, and amazing numbers from the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Here is the complete 2016 Pioneer Day concert, as well as all of the King’s Singers videos from the concert.

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