Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Bells on Temple Square Holiday Concert on November 18-19!

The Bells on Temple Square will open the holiday season with its concert, “Ring Praises,” its annual concert on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

The 33-member, all-volunteer bell ensemble will be directed by LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells on Temple Square, and associate conductor Larry Smith.  Speaking of the concert, Willmore said, “The audience will not only enjoy watching these experienced ringers — some of whom have been with the handbell choir since it was organized in 2005 — but will also be delighted with the holiday music and variety of unique sounds produced by the bells.”

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Still Need Tickets for This Year’s Christmas Concert? Here's Your Chance

So you didn’t score tickets to the event of the year—have no fear—because in upcoming weeks we’ll be giving away 20 pairs of tickets for the 2016 Christmas concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, with acclaimed tenor and entertainer Rolando Villazón.

It’s simple to win and you can get information on how to enter by simply subscribing now to our weekly newsletter Choir Notes. With each Friday's newsletter through November 14, you will receive information on how to enter. For the next several Mondays, you will have a chance to win tickets in our Merry MoTab Monday Ticket Giveaway.

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Introducing This Year’s Christmas Concert Guest Artist: Rolando Villazón

We are excited to announce acclaimed tenor and entertainer Rolando Villazón as the 2016 Christmas concert guest artist. The concerts, featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square, will be held December 8–10 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Villazón will also join the Choir, Orchestra, and Bells for the Sunday broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word on December 11, which will not be ticketed.

Villazón is considered among the world’s top tenors and highly respected by his musical peers. “Rolando Villazón is one of the great singers of our time,” said music director Mack Wilberg. Villazón is renowned for his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world. He has been heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) and “a great singer and brilliant entertainer, at once extremely funny and deeply profound” (Crescendo).

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Hallelujah! Christmas CD and DVD Released

This Christmas the whole world can experience the uplifting 2015 Christmas concert from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the release of Hallelujah! The DVD and CD are now available online and in stores. Digital downloads, both in audio and HD video, are also available.

The word “Hallelujah” sums up all the enthusiasm, joy, and hope of Christmas. It’s both an exclamation and exhortation, accompanied by sincere praise through music and song. And it’s the perfect title for the joyous performances in these recordings.

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Hallelujah! Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis Available Now

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas album, this one has it all—Broadway star Laura Osnes beautifully singing Christmas favorites, the poignant narration of British screen actor Martin Jarvis, and guest soloists from the Metropolitan Opera.

In this recording, from the Christmas concerts held on historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square present the story of George Frideric Handel’s life through song. On the verge of being broke, Handel struggled to write his celebrated oratorio, Messiah. The story behind Messiah celebrates freed debtors, charitable giving, rescued children, and the Messiah's mission to save God’s children from spiritual death.

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Watch Music and the Spoken Word Live at Eccles Theater

You may have seen Music and the Spoken Word performances in the Salt Lake Tabernacle or the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, but you’ve never seen it in the Eccles Theater—Until now.

On Sunday morning, October 23, 2016, Music and the Spoken Word will be broadcast from the George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Theater—Salt Lake City’s newest performing arts center—as part of the theater’s Grand Opening weekend events.

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The Inspirational Story Behind “I’ll Follow Him in Faith” by Janice Kapp Perry

In 2001 Janice Kapp Perry received a request from the Music Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to write a song for the first-ever Primary satellite broadcast, which would be held the following year. She was given a theme and suggested ideas of what she could include in her song. In her songwriting career, Perry has written over 1,000 songs, so we can only guess there wasn’t much doubt that she was up for the challenge.

Perry retreated to her mountain cabin, where she was always able to find a peaceful setting to write. In a Meridian Magazine article written by Perry on the origin of the song, she said, “I took time to study the subject, pray, and ask for the help I was sure would come. I was surprised at the guidance I received! I felt that I should write two different songs and submit both. I argued with myself as to whether that would be appropriate since they had only asked for one, but the feeling persisted so I followed it.”

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A New Choice to Listen to Mormon Tabernacle Choir Music!

How do you choose to listen to music? When the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made its first recording in 1910, there was only one way to listen to recorded music:  with a gramophone, or later a phonograph.

Today music lovers have many choices when they want to listen to music. They can purchase compact discs (CDs), download digital albums or tracks in MP3 or other formats, or simply stream the music directly from free or subscription streaming services through personal computers, tablets, or cell phones. The recording industry reports today the majority of music lovers use at least two or more listening methods, often streaming first to identify and experience new music and repertoire, then purchasing or downloading their favorites to own, collect, or give to friends as gifts.

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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 article 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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