Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Tony Award Nominee Christopher Jackson is This Year’s Pioneer Day Guest

This year’s Pioneer Day concert guest artist, Christopher Jackson, is a Tony Award nominated actor, as well as Grammy and Emmy Award winning songwriter/composer. Jackson is best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical, Hamilton, and currently appears in the hit CBS drama Bull. Jackson also recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana that premiered in 2016.

In film and TV, he has appeared in Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife

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The Choir and Orchestra: Performing the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein

For over 40 years, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been performing the beloved songs of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist and playwright Oscar Hammerstein II. Beginning in the 1940s and 1950s the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein changed the world of music and theater. Their popular Broadway musicals began what is now considered the “golden age” of musical theater. Their music today continues to give audiences around the world encouragement, hope, and comfort.

During the 2017 RootsTech family history conference, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square presented a concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein music entitled “Music—It Runs in the Family.” The performance included narration by Hammerstein’s grandson Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III and guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles. 

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Concert Spotlights Tabernacle Organ, Organists, Orchestra, and Choir

On Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present a special concert for the American Guild of Organists (AGO) as a signature event for its West Region convention in Salt Lake City. The concert’s first half features a symphony for organ and orchestra by Alexandre Guilmant to be performed by Richard Elliott and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Organists Clay Christiansen and Andrew Unsworth will be featured in the concert’s second half with music by the Choir and Orchestra. (Read the full concert program.)The public is invited to the free concert; no tickets are required.

With the AGO convention and the recent opening of a new Church History Museum exhibit, the Tabernacle organ is the center of attention. Tabernacle organists Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth shared some thoughts on this iconic instrument.

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Watch Music and the Spoken Word in Over 60 Languages

Twice each year, millions of people around the globe tune into General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to each Sunday session, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs its conference edition of Music and the Spoken Word, which is then translated into over 60 languages, along with the rest of the General Conference talks.

Here is a link to the available languages for the April, 2017 Music and the Spoken Word broadcast.

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Searching for New Tabernacle Organists

The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ on historic Temple Square is one of the most notable musical instruments in America, not only because of its size but also because of the warmth and richness of its sound. It is the renowned Tabernacle organists who are responsible for bringing the sound of this iconic instrument to life for tens of thousands of fans throughout the world.

It has been ten years since the last auditions took place, and now the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization is looking to fill full-time and part-time organist positions in anticipation of future retirements. Applications for the organist positions will be accepted through Tuesday, July 31, 2017.

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The Song That Moved Nathan Pacheco to Tears

Nathan Pacheco’s music career is on a major upswing. Earlier this year, his latest album, Higher, reached no. 1 on three Billboard charts (Classical Albums, Classical Crossover Albums, and Heatseekers Mountain). He is also successfully touring and making exciting music videos in support of his album.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2013 Pioneer Day concert featured two rising stars—Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling. Pacheco, who sang in the men’s choir while he was a student at Brigham Young University, said, “I had the privilege of singing under his [Mack Wilberg] direction during his last year with the BYU Men’s Choir. So it goes without saying that to be able to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Mack Wilberg, is an experience I’m quite certain I’ll never forget.”

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The Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ: Celebrating 150 Years!

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Salt Lake Tabernacle organ. The then-newly constructed pipe organ made its debut in October 1867 during the first general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. In the 150 years that have followed, the Tabernacle organ has served as the iconic backdrop for meetings and events broadcast throughout the world. The image of the Tabernacle organ itself has become widely known as a symbol of the Church and of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

At that first 1867 meeting in the Tabernacle, Church president Brigham Young announced from the pulpit, “We have commenced [an organ] that I think will do credit to the wilderness we inhabit.” Prior to the industrial revolution, organs were considered one of the most complicated man-made creations. Brigham Young asked 35-year-old Joseph Harris Ridges, who had built only one other organ while living in Australia, to build the organ for the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

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Lindsey Stirling Wins a Billboard Music Award

In the summer of 2013, a spritely Lindsey Stirling took the stage in front of 21,000 people with her trusty violin. She was a guest artist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Pioneer Day concert. At this point in her career, Stirling’s star was already on the rise. In 2010, she became a quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent, where she gained a loyal following. Shortly after, her videos on YouTube began to gain viewership in the millions, and by 2012, Stirling’s song “Crystallize” made no. 8 on the top ten list of videos of 2012, with 42 million views.

One month before the Pioneer Day concerts with the Choir, Stirling’s self-titled debut album was certified gold in Germany, followed by Switzerland and Austria. To date, Stirling has released three full-length albums and a large number of singles, including a Star Wars medley with Peter Hollens, “The Show Must Go On” with Celine Dion, and “Radioactive” with Pentatonix, to name a few.

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