The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, conducted by Mack Wilberg, will present an Easter concert on Good Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The concert repertoire will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s beautiful Christ on the Mount of Olives and a new work with music by Wilberg called A Cloud of Witnesses.
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Tickets have all been claimed. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating which is often available. Admission is open to those eight years and older. Those attending should plan to be in their seats no later than 7 p.m.
Christ on the Mount of Olives, op. 85, is the first of three major choral works written by Beethoven. First performed in April 1803 in Vienna, Austria, it was his first major work on a religious subject and his only oratorio. The libretto by Franz Xaver Huber treats the agony of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and His triumph over death. The oratorio features three soloists: a soprano who portrays an angel, a tenor who sings as Jesus, and bass who is the voice of Peter. Joining the Choir and Orchestra in these solo roles will be Celena Shafer (soprano), Brian Stucki (tenor), and Tyler Simpson (bass).
Following the Beethoven oratorio, the Choir and Orchestra will present the world premiere of A Cloud of Witnesses, a piece for choir and orchestra inspired by accounts of witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This work follows the Utah premiere last year of The Prodigal, another work by Wilberg based on the scriptural account of Christ’s parable of the prodigal son. As with The Prodigal, Wilberg’s longtime collaborator, David Warner, provides an original text drawing from scriptural references in the King James Version of the Bible.