Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

The Orchestra at Temple Square announces 2018 Fall Concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square's 2018 "Fall Masterpiece Concert" will take place in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 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 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) at or by calling 801-270-0800 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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Alex Boyé Promotes Global Suicide Awareness in New Video, “Bend Not Break”

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and singer Alex Boyé is doing his part to get this important message to the masses.

For the production of his new video, Boyé partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. In the video description Boyé declared, “My purpose for this video is to help save lives. Even if it can save just one, then we have done something great.”

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The Amazing Hidden Benefits of Music

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir blog is all about the music. The articles on the blog cover a wide variety of topics, including the history of hymns and children’s songs, behind the scenes, music videos, tour and concert-related news, guest artists, scientific music studies, general conference, and inspirational posts. In some way or another, they all tie back to music.

In the past we’ve published many articles relating to scientific music studies to help benefit the lives of our readers, such as the following:

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ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” Performed by Bells on Temple Square

Break out the disco ball, bell bottoms, and leisure suits, because the Bells on Temple Square have just released a cover of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”

The Bells have a habit of performing out of the box songs such as “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” or “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys. This time they may have topped themselves with a worldwide hit by Swedish pop sensation ABBA. “Dancing Queen” was the first single released from ABBA’s fourth studio album, and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in America and topped charts in more than a dozen countries including their home country of Sweden.

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Organ Fest XI Showcases Organists on Tabernacle Organ

It was French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac who stated, “The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.”

Come to the Organ Fest XI concert to experience why Balzac felt this way about the organ. On Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. the public is invited to Organ Fest XI at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City to enjoy the overwhelming beauty and sound of this amazing musical instrument when it is played by six talented organists from our community.

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Living the Map CEO Daniel Seddiqui Sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was joined by a special guest during rehearsal. Daniel Seddiqui—also known as the “World’s Most Ambitious Job Seeker”—sang with the Choir during the Thursday night rehearsal.

After failing to find a job after 40 interviews, Seddiqui set out on a journey to work 50 jobs in 50 states to “see what America’s all about.” His jobs included being a coal miner, rodeo announcer, weatherman, model, cheesemaker, furniture builder, golf caddie, and border patrol agent. In Utah he worked with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints humanitarian services.

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Patrice Tipoki to Perform in Mormon Tabernacle Choir Broadcast

On September 2, 2018, soloist Patrice Tipoki will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a Labor Day weekend broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. She will sing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

Tipoki is an accomplished vocal soloist, born in New Zealand but raised in Australia in a musical Maori/Irish family. Her love and appreciation for music developed at a young age as she performed throughout Australia with her family and studied dance, violin, piano, and saxophone. “My parents and my grandparents were all entertainers, so we toured a lot growing up,” recalled Tipoki.

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What Music Should I Perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

If you were invited to be a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square on their Music and the Spoken Word broadcast, what music would you want to perform?

That was the dilemma violist Leticia Oaks Strong faced when Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, invited her to be a guest on the July 29, 2018, broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. As a member of the renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1994, Strong has been  a soloist with several orchestras, given recitals, and even performed at the International Viola Congress.

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History of the Hymns: The Complete Collection

When the latest version of the hymnbook for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was published, the First Presidency prefaced the book by declaring: 

Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord.
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KSL’s Doug Wright Hosts One of His Final Radio Broadcasts in the Salt Lake Tabernacle

For 40 years, Doug Wright has graced the airwaves of Utah and beyond with his rich baritone voice. In March 2018, Wright announced his semi-retirement and will no longer host his daily talk show, The Doug Wright Show, on KSL Newsradio.

In 1985, Wright took over as a temporary fill-in as a talk show host and never looked back. “They asked … if I would kind of temporarily fill in until they found somebody decent, and they never did find somebody decent, so I’ve been a temporary employee for 33 years,” laughed Wright.

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