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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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Choir and Orchestra to Perform at USU’s Daines Concert Hall

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have been invited to perform two concerts at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, Utah. The concerts at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. are being presented by the Caine College of the Arts.

The Choir and Orchestra will be performing in the Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall, formerly the Kent Concert Hall, which was remodeled and opened during the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Chase Fine Arts Center in October 2017.  As part of USU’s ongoing Year of the Arts celebration and outreach to the community, the invitation for both the Choir and Orchestra to perform will showcase this magnificent hall which was designed for choral and orchestra concerts such as this.  There is seating for over 1,700 and features a newly- restored Campbell-Hotkamp Organ for the program.

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Guest Conductors
"Take a Bow"

Not many people get to conduct the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle and its companion ensemble, the Orchestra at Temple Square. At each of the seven concerts on the recent Classic Coast tour, Mack Wilberg handed off the baton to a community leader, giving each of them an opportunity to conduct the encore, “This Land Is Your Land.”

As Wilberg waved each guest conductor up to the podium, he smiled and said—a bit understated—“Have fun.” They did. One guest conductor even turned and invited the whole audience to join in the chorus, while another commented, “It was an honor just to be asked.” They described this once-in-a-lifetime event as one of life’s greatest moments—joyful, unforgettable, full of love, simply unreal. After the concert, the Choir frames the baton used by each conductor and presents it as a keepsake of the performance.

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Songs from South Pacific: Featuring Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly

The 2018 Pioneer Day concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square focused on a Broadway theme, with narration provided by Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II. Delivering the songs were two of Broadway’s hottest stars, Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly. In addition to songs from The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, and Oklahoma, the concert also included music from South Pacific

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Watch the Entire 2018 Pioneer Day Concert featuring Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III

On Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square held their annual Pioneer Day concerts, “Music for a Summer Evening.” They were joined by guest artists Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III.

This special Broadway-themed concert began with the Orchestra at Temple Square performing the Main Title from How the West Was Won, followed by a musical tribute to the Mormon pioneers with the Choir and Orchestra performing “They, the Builders of the Nation” and “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” 

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