A Musical Tribute: Enjoy The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform the beautiful American spiritual “Down to the River to Pray”, arranged by Mack Wilberg.
Many of the wonderful stories we have about pioneers were recorded in their personal journals. Because William Clayton kept a journal, we are able to learn more about him, and the history of one of the most beloved pioneer hymns of all time…
In 1779, just three years after America’s Independence, a poem called “Amazing Grace” was published. Written by the repentant former slave trader-turned-clergyman John Newton, his words became not only an emblem of Christianity, but also a symbol of hope, and an anthem for the birth of a new nation. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed, …
This week American’s celebrate our Independence Day. God Bless America, Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night, with a light from above! Oh, how my beloved nation needs this prayer for God’s helping hand through these stormy and troubled times! We really do need His “night light“ to guide us. Let us remember that Our Heavenly Father is the …
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been seven years since the life-altering summer day I stumbled onto the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s audition announcement.
As far as I know, there have only been two recorded instances in LDS General Conference history when a singer performed a solo. The first solo occurred in 2009 when a Brazilian “mormon soprano” named Liriel Domiciano was invited by Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley to perform “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir …
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir [affectionately known as "MoTab"] began in 1847, just 29 days after the Mormon pioneers entered the barren landscape of the Salt Lake City valley. Out of the most humble of circumstances that little choir would eventually grow into one of the most well-known musical organizations nationally, and internationally. In the 1980’s U.S. President Ronald …
The music for Messiah was composed in the summer of 1741 during 24 sleep-deprived / creative-manic / heavenly-inspired days by George Frideric Handel. At the end of his 259 page manuscript Handel penned the letters “SDG”—Soli Deo Gloria;…
Janice Kapp Perry is to Mormon music what John Williams is to movies. Inseparable…Magical…Genius…Priceless. I could go on. She’s provided an epic and sweeping ‘soundtrack’ for the Latter-day Saint movement over the past five decades
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is preparing to give a special Easter gift to the world! Get details here for the Live broadcast and free on-demand performances
Looking for some good music for Easter? Well, look no further! You’ve come to the right place. This post is packed full with some of my personal favorites.
The 2012 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert showered the audience with marvelous surprises, and brought down the house – literally! Special guest artists were Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and Peabody Award-winning news journalist Tom Brokaw, with a special surprise appearance by Lt. Gail “Hal” Halverson, the World War II US Army Air Corps “Candy Bomber”. There was also another secret unexpected ‘guest-appearance’…by my deceased Grandpa.
In December 2011, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization was joined by Emmy-award winning actress Jane Seymour and opera baritone Nathan Gunn in a Christmas spectacular featuring a Medieval theme. The Conference Center on Temple Square was transformed into a fairy-tale castle with accompanying royal costumes and pageantry.
The 2010 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert beat all records for ticket requests, and crowds. Adorning fans queued up to the Conference Center hours beforehand hoping for standby seating. The excitement and energy of the crowd was truly epic.
In December 2009 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir welcomed singer Natalie Cole and renowned writer-historian David McCullough to join ‘the family’ for Christmas…and we made lasting magical memories together!
It’s Christmas Concert Week in Salt Lake City for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Each year two wonderful guest stars are welcomed to the ‘big house’ (aka Conference Center) where stunning Christmas magic happens. Today’s post spotlights the 2008 Christmas Concert!
During the season known for giving and getting, President Thomas S. Monson and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir remind us of the true gifts and meaning of Christmas in today’s beautiful and peace-filled video. . .
The popular Christmas carol “Adeste Fideles” is known in the English translation as “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. The original four verses were eventually extended to eight, but it’s rarely performed in entirety due to length. The song has been
I love the inspiring story of the Christmas carol “What Child is This?”. In 1865 at the age of 29, an English writer named William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness. He was confined to bedrest for several months, and sunk into a deep depression. Yet, out of this terrible trial
The song “Sleigh Ride” was envisioned ironically by Leroy Anderson during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948.
Today Mr. MoSop and I are spending some quality “sweetheart” time together. We each picked a date activity. First up, “His” choice – we dressed in our UofU RED and headed to Rice-Eccles Stadium to watch the final season game for the University of Utah football team. We were treated with some beautiful sunshine as …
Even though Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, it’s already time for me to focus on Christmas. I can’t help it. I’m a singer. My Christmas Concert marathon is only 4 short weeks away. [*facepalm*] Ironically, having to think about the holidays is the last thing I want to do right now.
One of my favorite Hymns is “How Firm A Foundation”. It is a unique, because instead of the words giving praise to the Lord, the lyrics are written as the voice of the Lord speaking directly to us.
One week ago today I was sitting in the Hospital Emergency Room arguably facing one of the new “longest nights of my life”.
A beautiful hymn-prayer has been running through my mind a lot today. Hearing it, and singing it, always offers a sweet balm to a troubled heart, and provides gentle communion between my soul, and the Lord. In this special arrangement sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, it ends with a final whispered promise…”I Come To Thee”…
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This month, having joined both the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo writing challenges I am focusing a lot of my time and attention on WORDS. However, as powerful as words are, there is a much higher form of communication I must always pay homage to.
I believe Music is the way the angels pray. We can participate in this heavenly communication with God whenever we choose to perform and listen to beautiful, wholesome music. . .
Having faith takes a special kind of inner courage. A wise ancient prophet once described it as “hope of things that are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21). A wise modern prophet-apostle gave this beautiful council regarding the blessings that come when we have faith . . .