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On Sale Now! New Album Tree of Life: Sacred Music of Mack Wilberg

Mack Wilberg and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have done it again! Tree of LifeSacred Music of Mack Wilberg is the brand new release from the Choir and is an essential album for Wilberg fans.

Tree of Life includes a beautiful mix of new Mack Wilberg compositions, large choral works and hymn arrangements. Fans of Wilberg’s arranging will love his original works, which were previously unrecorded. Stephen Holcomb, professor of music and director of choral activities at Dallas Baptist University recently said, “I love conducting Mack Wilberg’s pieces. He has such creative harmonic ideas for familiar hymn melodies that bring new excitement and freshness for the singers, instrumentalists and the listeners.. . . I always look forward to any of his new releases. It’s like discovering a new gemstone.”

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2018 Tour Concert Tickets for Vancouver, B.C. Available May 11!

Tickets for the Saturday, June 30, concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, at The Orpheum will go on sale on Friday, May 11. It has been over 30 years since the Choir performed at The Orpheum, one of North America’s finest concert halls and a designated national Heritage Site of Canada. This will be the Choir’s third visit to Vancouver, having previously performed there in 1962 and 1986. During that 1986 visit, the Choir’s August 10 episode of Music and the Spoken Word was broadcast from The Orpheum.

With this announcement, tickets to all seven concerts for the Choir and Orchestra’s 2018 Classic Coast Tour will now be available! Tickets for all concerts can be purchased at motab.org/tourtickets. However, you’ll have to act fast if you want tickets, as some of the venues are close to selling out.

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“Where You Are” from Moana featuring Alex Boyé Hits 1 Million Views

Make way in the million view club for another video with Alex Boyé and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “Where You Are” from Disney’s Moana, has just surpassed its first big milestone of 1 million YouTube video views.

Last summer, Boyé filled in at the last minute for former Hamilton actor Christopher Jackson for the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts. Although he had big shoes to fill, Boyé gracefully stepped in and delivered an amazing concert, packed with songs such as Boyé’s own “Heart of Lion,” a Nat King Cole Medley, two songs from The Lion King, including “He Lives in You,” and “Circle of Life,” which also just reached 1 million views, and of course “Where You Are,” from Moana.

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Clay Christiansen Starts His Retirement with a Recital in St. Louis, Missouri

In April of 2018, Clay Christiansen completed his 35-year run as Tabernacle organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His final organ solo “Morning Mood” was performed during Music and the Spoken Word, prior to the Sunday morning session of the April general conference. Watch the solo here »

Though he retired as a Tabernacle organist, Christiansen hasn't seemed to have slowed down one bit—on May 20, 2018, he will perform a recital at the Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The recital, which is organized by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will start at 3:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

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Mountain View, CA. Concert Tickets on Sale May 3!

After many months of waiting, tickets for the Choir and Orchestra’s 2018 Classic Coast Tour performance on Monday, June 25, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, will go on sale on Thursday, May 3. The Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor performing arts venue in the San Francisco Bay area that regularly hosts classical and contemporary artists. It is a highly sought after musical venue for concerts under the stars in the California summer.

This will be the second Bay Area concert by the Choir and Orchestra on this tour. A performance at the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre will be held on Saturday, June 23. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at motab.org/tourtickets.

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“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” Passes 5 Million Views!

“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was one of the very first songs uploaded to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel when the channel was launched in 2012, and now it has officially surpassed 5 million views.

The popularity of the hymn has grown in recent years for several reasons. One reason is that it’s not in the current LDS Church hymnbook, which makes it a bit mysterious, and therefore it seems a bit more obscure. Another reason is the amount of cover versions that are popping up on YouTube. Some of the more popular versions are from artists such as Chris Tomlin, Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, Chris Rice, David Crowder Band, Mumford and Sons, and many more.

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Where Does the Saying “Pull Out All the Stops” Come From?

This will be one of those rare “Aha!” moments in life where you’ll think, “Oh, I get it—that makes so much sense.”

How many times in life have you heard someone say something along the lines of “They pulled out all the stops for this wedding?” Chances are, it was more than once. And chances are, you’ve probably never questioned where the saying came from. Well, now is the time to find out once and for all.

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Join Us for “An Evening of Brahms” Spring Concert!

On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2018, the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square will join their musical talents for this year’s Spring Concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

This year’s program will include two much loved Johannes Brahms works. The Orchestra will perform The Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80, one of Brahms’ most beloved instrumental music compositions.  The Orchestra and the Temple Square Chorale together will perform Brahms’ renowned Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

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Clay Christiansen: Living a Life of Music

How do you say goodbye to a good friend? Clay Christiansen, a Tabernacle organist for nearly 36 years, recently announced he will retire from his full-time position at the end of April 2018. On Sunday, April 1, after playing the organ during Sunday morning’s Music and the Spoken Word broadcast and the general conference session, Clay Christiansen received a standing ovation from the Choir and others in the Conference Center. Christiansen acknowledged the applause by raising his arms in gratitutde and nodding a silent “thank you,” first to the Choir and then to the audience.

“I’m going to miss being in the best seat in the house to hear that marvelous sound,” Christiansen remarked. “It’s all a great labor of love, and I feel like the most blessed man on the face of the earth to have been a part of it for over 35 years.”

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