Tagged with Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Multiple Free Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concerts During ACDA Week

Multiple Free Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concerts During ACDA Week

If you are lucky enough to be in Utah between Feb. 24 – March 1, 2015 then you have the unique opportunity to attend SEVERAL FREE musical concerts performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square. The Choir​ & Orchestra will present five (yes, FIVE!) separate concerts in conjunction with the epic ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) National Conference hosted … Continue reading

New Boundaries, Endings and Beginnings

New Boundaries, Endings and Beginnings

Last week two Wards in our Stake got the big “shakedown”. [Mormon jargon code-breaker: “Ward” = Parish / “Stake” = Diocese]. Latter-day Saints, like all humans, are very communal creatures and we thrive on stability. We develop a deep family bond with our congregation members, so the idea of “breaking up the family” can be an emotional experience. But, these things … Continue reading

Why Valentines Day Is For Everyone

Why Valentines Day Is For Everyone

My daughters have declared war on Valentine’s Day. OK, perhaps “war” is a bit too strong – how about we call it a “determined cultural protest”. Why? Because, in a nut shell, they are single and unattached, therefore, they feel that Valentines Day does not apply to them. Furthermore, the whole idea feels like a harsh reminder that they “have no … Continue reading

Remembering and Finding Peace

Remembering and Finding Peace

I don’t want to think about what happened at the Auschwitz death camp, nor any of the other horrors of the Holocaust. But, I also know the importance of never forgetting. My heart breaks into a million pieces when I read personal accounts from a rare survivor, or see a graphic black & white photo from those dark, almost … Continue reading

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

The Christmas carol “Still, Still, Still” is a beloved Austrian folk-song by an anonymous author. This song is written as a lullaby for the newborn Christ child. It describes the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother Mary as the baby is sung to sleep. There are 6 original verses in German. However, there have been many different English translations and multiple variations of text. Maestro … Continue reading

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

One of the world’s leading a cappella ensembles is The King’s Singers. The British group was founded in 1968 and named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars. Today they are renowned for their impeccable professionalism, flawless diction, tight harmonies and consistently beautiful musicianship. The Kings Singers have been a favorite guest … Continue reading

In The Bleak Midwinter with Sissel

In The Bleak Midwinter with Sissel

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti, who was a devout Christian and is considered one of the most important women poets of nineteenth-century England. Roseetti’s “bleak midwinter” poem was written in 1872, during a time of intense personal grief while her beloved brother Dante suffered an emotional breakdown. The poem was kept among her private … Continue reading

The Spirit of Christmas with Mitchell, Herrmann and MoTab

The Spirit of Christmas with Mitchell, Herrmann and MoTab

Sit back, relax! Today I’m sharing 30 minutes of pure Christmas joy! This is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas TV/Radio Sunday broadcast aired Dec. 14, 2008. The program was filmed on the last day of Christmas Concert week in Salt Lake City, with guest artists Brian Stokes Mitchell (Broadway star) and Edward Herrmann (veteran star of stage & screen). This performance is extra special … Continue reading

Christmas Gift: 5 Free Song Downloads!

Christmas Gift: 5 Free Song Downloads!

In the spirit of the season, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is giving away five beautiful Christmas song downloads this season as a special gift to the world! The special online music sampler is entitled “What Shall We Give?”, a title taken from a Christmas lullaby which asks; “What shall we give to the babe in the manger? What shall … Continue reading

Simple Gifts – Lindsey Stirling and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Simple Gifts – Lindsey Stirling and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

No Thanksgiving playlist would be complete without “Simple Gifts”, a Shaker song written and composed in 1848 by Shaker convert Elder Joseph Brackett. Though often thought to be a traditional Celtic tune, or classified as an anonymous Shaker hymn, it should be appropriately classified as a dance song with words and music by Bracket. Shaker manuscripts indicate this is a … Continue reading

Come Ye Thankful People Come

Come Ye Thankful People Come

In 1844 Henry Alford, the rector of Aston Standford church in Buckinghamshire, England composed a 7 stanza poem titled “After Harvest”. About ten years later the poem was shortened to 4 verses, set to music by George J. Elvey and published as the hymn “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”. This hymn of harvest time and Thanksgiving is included in … Continue reading

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrims are synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday! And so, our Thanksgiving countdown playlist would not be complete without a song about Pilgrims. A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler – “one who has come from afar” – on a  journey to a holy place, or, a location of great religious significance. Typically, pilgrimage is a physical journey (usually taken on foot), … Continue reading

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In 1885 Carl Boberg’s walk home through a summer storm would inspire him to write ‘O Store Gud’ (O Mighty God), later to become known as “How Great Thou Art”, one of the most enduring lyrics in Christianity. Carl lived in Kronobäck, Sweden, overlooking the stunning Mönsterås Bay where heaven and nature combine in a continual tug-of-war between beautiful … Continue reading

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Today’s song in honor of Thanksgiving is a musical prayer from the Netherlands, written in the early 1600s during the Dutch national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. The song “Wilt heden nu treden,” [“We gather together”] resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first … Continue reading

Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

A few weeks ago I was drawn into a conversation on Facebook by a former High School classmate about our prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.. An estranged member of my church at an early age, she happened to be reading a “very scary and fascinating book” [her words] known to be highly critical of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church in general. … Continue reading

Dedication Day Symbols of Freedom

Dedication Day Symbols of Freedom

Today I experienced two examples of dedication that moved my heart and inspired my soul deeply. The timing of these events provided me a chance to ponder the significance and symbolism. First, a dedication of a musical program to honor United States armed forces. Second, the dedication of a Holy Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Continue reading

Robin Williams and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Robin Williams and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite actors, Robin Williams, goes like this: “You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars” – Robin Williams  (August Rush, 2007) And one of my favorite songs performed … Continue reading

The Prayer: Song of Healing

The Prayer: Song of Healing

“The best songs come through you and not from you,” says David Foster, Grammy award winning composer [and musical genius]. In July 2012 Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins guest starred with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the annual Pioneer Day Concert in Salt Lake City where she performed one of David Foster’s most famous compositions, “The Prayer”. Just prior to her performance, … Continue reading

Hold On! There’s Angels On Their Way

Hold On! There’s Angels On Their Way

Someone needs this message today. Maybe it’s YOU! “Over a hundred years ago, Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote The Secret Garden, an enchanting novel about a young girl named Mary, who is orphaned during a cholera outbreak and sent away to live with relatives she has never met. Mary’s childhood has been filled with loneliness and neglect, … Continue reading

Singing Happy

Singing Happy

Last month’s annual Pioneer Day Concert in Salt Lake City, proved that there’s nothing happier than a performance of Broadway star Santino Fontana with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Subtitled ‘A Celebration of Song’, it was also a celebration of life! I’ve always loved the glittering spectacle of Broadway with its magical stories and memorable show tunes. My favorite classic musical of all time would have … Continue reading

Amazing Grace! Celebrating Freedom

Amazing Grace! Celebrating Freedom

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, … Continue reading

God Bless America With His Night Light

God Bless America With His Night Light

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 … Continue reading