Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Reaches 100 Million YouTube Views

On October 30, 2012, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir officially launched its YouTube channel. The announcement included congratulatory videos from Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Brian Stokes Mitchell; Tom Brokaw; Dallyn Vail Bayles; the Piano Guys; Lindsey Stirling; and more. Five years later, the Choir has reached the enormous milestone of 100,000,000 YouTube views! 

In five years’ time, the Choir has uploaded a variety of videos unlike anyone else. Some of the Choir’s unique videos include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tabernacle attic, a 9/11 special narrated by Tom Brokaw, individual voice parts for Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus with YouTube stars Peter and Evynne Hollens, Sesame Street® videos (the Count in the Tabernacle and rolling under the Conference Center stage), and an amazing assortment of tour videos.

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2017 Christmas Concert Tickets Available Saturday, October 21, at 10 a.m.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square are thrilled to have Sutton Foster, award-winning actress, singer, and dancer, and Hugh Bonneville, British stage, television, and film actor, join them for their annual Christmas concerts on December 14, 15, and 16, 2017.

The number of requests for these free tickets to the annual Christmas concerts has increased each year. Tickets for the three 2016 concerts were gone within seven minutes!

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Download Free Music from the October 2017 General Conference

Did you love when the Choir performed “God Bless Our Prophet Dear,” “Faith in Every Footstep,” “Consider the Lilies,” or “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” during the October General Conference? Then you’ll love our Sacred Music Library!

The Sacred Music Library allows you the option to listen or download free music from the latest sessions of General Conference. It’s beyond simple to use, but just in case you need some tips, we’ve created a blog post titled, How to Use the Choir’s Sacred Music Library.

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The Organ Pad and the Art of Organ Improvisation

Since 1929, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been performing a weekly broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, which has become the longest-running continuing broadcast in the world. Week after week, the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square fill the airwaves with glorious music—for 27 minutes and 56 seconds to be exact.

The timing is extremely important to fit the standard broadcast television half-hour show length. Because of the exact timing, songs are carefully selected to fit not only the length, but specific themes as well. Because the spoken word messages vary slightly in length each time they are read out loud, and song lengths can change based on slight variations in the tempo, the broadcast needs to have precautions in place in order to fill time.

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Broadway Star Sutton Foster and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville are the 2017 Christmas Guest Artists

Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville will be the featured guest artist and narrator at this year’s Christmas concert. This annual event by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square will take place on December 14, 15, and 16 in the Conference Center.

Ms. Foster starred in 11 Broadway shows and is a two-time Tony Award–winner for her roles in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She also originated roles in The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, and Shrek the Musical. She currently stars as the lead character Liza in the critically acclaimed TV Land television series Younger, which will begin its fifth season in 2018. As a solo artist, Ms. Foster has recorded two albums and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. (This interview tells about her start on Broadway.)

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God Be With You Elder Hales

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir lost a dear friend as Elder Robert D. Hales passed away in an area hospital on Sunday afternoon October 1 following the morning session of the 187th General Conference.  Elder Hales had served as a General Authority since 1975. He was 85.

On Sunday evenings when Elder Hales was growing up in New York, he lay on the floor and listened with his family to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s radio broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word.  He was not unusual; tens of thousands around the world have been listening to the broadcast since its inception in 1929.

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Watch a Pioneer Day Concert Special Featuring Alex Boyé on BYUtv

BYUtv has produced a 60-minute special of the Pioneer Day concert with Alex Boyé, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Boyé was a big hit with audiences, performing “Where You Are” from Disney’s Moana, “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You” from The Lion King, “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” a Nat King Cole medley, and more.

The Pioneer Day concert special airs on Saturday, September 30, at 5:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, October 1, at 11:00 p.m. mountain daylight time. Make sure to watch or set your DVRs to relive this wonderful concert!

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