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Anthem For A New Year

On January 4, 2008, after four years of extensive renovation, the Utah State Capitol building held a formal Re-dedication ceremony. The ceremony’s 2008 program was based on the program used during the original dedication in 1916.

Included among the many performances was a new musical commission entitled “Anthem for a New Year: Into Light”.

The lyrics were a new poem written by Utah’s Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, PhD, and set to music by Utah composer Kurt Bestor. The premeire was conducted by Craig Jessop, and the extensive cast of local performers included The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, The Bells on Temple Square, the 23rd Army Band, the International Children’s Choir, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School.

The poem compares the cold dark winter dawning slowly into spring as an allegory for our personal opportunities to change with the season, reach for new possibilities, and become beings of light.

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O Holy Night – Cantique de Noël

O Holy Night – Cantique de Noël

On Christmas Eve 1906, a 33-year-old university professor, and former chief chemist for Thomas Edison, named Reginald Fessenden did something long thought impossible. Using a new type of generator, Fessenden spoke into a microphone and, for the first time in history, a man’s voice was broadcast over the airwaves…

LEARN THE fascinating history of the beloved Christmas Carol “Cantique de Noël” [O Holy Night]. This post includes a video clip of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement. Continue reading

Heavenly Peace

“On The 11st Day of Christmas, as MoSop’s Countdown posts increase”…

…It’s time for some Heavenly Peace”

[post includes a sing-a-long with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir]
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MoSop Movie Debut Takes Flight

For over a year now I have been continually amazed and inspired by the inspirational gems created on YouTube, especially the Guru of Mormon-YouTube-ism SethAdamSmith. Off and on I would say to myself: “Self, Someday I’ve got to sit down and learn how to make my own movie! I mean, how hard can it really … Continue reading

Halleluja Chorus! Performed Creatively

Here is a very clever and funny version of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. These “monks” have found a creative way around their vow of silence. (Kudos for all the practice hours this took to pull off!) – MoSop more about “Hallelujia Chorus! By Les Freres de S…“, posted with vodpod

Music Gives Life To African Children

Twenty-five years ago Ray Barnett visited Uganda, where he first envisioned the African Children’s Choir™. Today, the Music for Life program has helped hundreds of African children receive shelter, food, education, musical training, and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Many of these children have lost one or both parents to war, AIDS, and other effects of poverty. … Continue reading

TOUR 2009: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Well, it’s official. I can now tell you about TOUR 2009! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will conduct its tour in the USA Central States from June 18-29, 2009. The tour will consist of seven concerts, with performances in:

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas 2008 Guests…

..and the winner is… At 11:00 am Mountain Standard Time Director Mack Wilberg and President Mac Christensen announced that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2008 Christmas Guest Artist will be… Get Stoked… Brian Stokes Mitchell!!! (I Love this man) Joining Stokes, as narrator will be the legendary actor Edward Hermann of Gilmore Girl and Franklin Roosevelt … Continue reading

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Music Video

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Music Video

Brigham Young University Broadcasting and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir have joined forces to create a new music video of director Mack Wilberg’s arrangement “Called To Serve“. A favorite hymn of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this song is a lively anthem which pays tribute to those who follow Jesus Christ’s charge to “Go ye into all the … Continue reading

About The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle

About The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle

The famous Salt Lake City (Mormon) Tabernacle underwent a massive renovation project from 2005-2007. This involved a meticulous process balancing historic preservation with essential modernization and seismic upgrades. According to my site stat tracker, the majority of my readership now lives outside of Utah, and a considerable amount of you reside outside of the United … Continue reading

Celebrating 80 Years Of Broadcasting

July marks the beginning of an 80th Anniversary Year of the Music and The Spoken Word radio broadcast. With humble beginnings in 1929 it is the longest continually running broadcast in the world. According to online sources, a traditional 80th Anniversary gift is “Oak”, which I think would make the original LDS pioneers pleased. When … Continue reading

Making the Music – Part 2

Making the Music – Part 2

  This is the second installment of a Deseret News two-part Choir report, published on Sunday, June 22, 2008. The first installment was published earlier in the week. ~~~~~~~~~ Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Making sweet music By Carma Wadley Deseret News Published: Saturday, Jun. 21, 2008 The Salt Lake Tabernacle is many things: gathering place, an … Continue reading

Making the Music – Part 1

Making the Music – Part 1

News reporter Carma Wadley spotlighted the latest recording and marketing methods of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir this week. Her well-written article appeared

Inspired By Choir

Inspired By Choir

The following beautiful story, published this week, illustrates the power of music to touch and inspire a life forever. It also testifies of the great truth that you are never too old for change!

My Song In The Night

My Song In The Night

Dr. Mack Wilberg has written a new arrangement of the American Folk Hymn entitled “My Song in the Night” which is hauntingly beautiful. I have tried to do some research online regarding its origin and history, and came up a bit empty-handed. However, the text to this hymn is particularly haunting. The words invoke an attitude of … Continue reading