To help commemorate 75 years of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's continuous network broadcasting - a world record - Shadow Mountain, an emblem of Deseret Book, has joined the choir in reprinting 140 selected messages given over nearly 4,000 broadcasts.
MESSAGES FROM MUSIC AND THE SPOKEN WORD, by Richard L. Evans,
J. Spencer Kinard and Lloyd D. Newell, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and
Shadow Mountain Press, 356 pages, $21.95.
On March 17, 2003, Choir president Mac Christensen announced the creation of the Choir's own record label. "Having a solely owned label will give us greater creative freedom, the ability to control all aspects of the production, and greater influence over distribution and marketing. We are ready as a Choir and an organization to capitalize on this opportunity."
The first release, in early April, will be the Choir's new CD, "Consider the Lilies". It will feature newly recorded arrangements of many of the Choir's most-requested songs.
Recent video performances of the Choir's Christmas concert with Angela Lansbury and an historic tour to Nauvoo, Illinois will be re-released under the new label later this year.
Distribution and marketing for the new label will be handled by values-based national music publisher Shadow Mountain.
"Celebrate America" in word and song with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square featuring Daisy Jackson. A special guest speaker is President Thomas S. Monson. Commemorating the 215th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. This event is Sponsored by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Utah Chapter.
Free tickets can be obtained over the Internet or in person at the Conference Center Ticket Office. Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, 20 August 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Ticket limit: four (4) per person. Children under eight (8) years of age are not admitted. No babies, please. Best dress is requested.
Those attending this event are advised that cameras, recording devices, backpacks, food, and beverages are not allowed in the Tabernacle. Those who attend are encouraged to park in designated parking areas only.
On the day of the event, the Tabernacle doors will open 60 minutes before the start of the event. The length of the performance is approximately 90 minutes.
The following concert dates for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by musicians from the Orchestra at Temple Square have been announced:
|8:00 pm Friday, 15 June, 2001||
|Saturday, 16 June, 2001||Bass Auditorium
|7:30 pm Monday, 18 June, 2001||Saenger Theatre
|Jefferson Civic Center Concert Hall
|8:00 pm Thursday, 21 June, 2001||Fabulous Fox Theatre
|8PM Saturday, 23 June, 2001||Carol Morsani Hall-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
|7:30 PM, Monday, 25 June, 2001||Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
|8:00 PM, Wednesday, 27 June, 2001||James L. Knight Center
The choir will travel with a novel electronic organ. Using 32 speakers, it produces a sound similar to the famous organ featured in the choir's weekly broadcasts from the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle.
This year's "Tanner Gift of Music," an annual concert that took place Friday (November 3, 2000) in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, was filmed for a future PBS broadcast.
|Time & Place||Performers||Pieces|
|16 September 2000; Salt Lake Tabernacle; 7:30 PM, ages 8+||Orchestra at Temple Square; Barlow Bradford, Director; Guest Conductor, Igor Grupmann||Brahms "Symphony #2"; Tchaikovsky "Serenade for Strings"|
|13 October 2000; Assembly Hall||Temple Square Chorale & OTS; Mack Wilberg, Director||Honegger "King David"|
|14 October 2000; Libby Gardner Concert Hall||Temple Square Chorale & OTS; Mack Wilberg, Director||Honegger "King David"|
|18 November 2000; Salt Lake Tabernacle||Orchestra at Temple Square; Barlow Bradford, Director; Lawrence Lowe, guest soloist||Strauss "Horn Concerto"|
|16 December 2000; Conference Center||Mormon Tabernacle Choir & OTS; Craig Jessop, Director||Christmas Concert|
|13 January 2001; Salt Lake Tabernacle||Orchestra at Temple Square; Barlow Bradford, Director||Dvorak "Symphony #9"; Rachmaninov "Piano Concerto #2"|
|10 March 2001; Salt Lake Tabernacle||Orchestra at Temple Square; Barlow Bradford, Director||Mahler "Symphony #4"|
|23 March 2001; Assembly Hall||Temple Square Chorale & OTS; Mack Wilberg, Director|
|14 April 2001; Salt Lake Tabernacle||Mormon Tabernacle Choir & OTS; Barlow Bradford, Director||Cundick "The Redeemer"|
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Craig D. Jessop has been named by the First Presidency as music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, replacing Jerold D. Ottley who retired on December 3. "As music director, Brother Jessop will lead the musical ministry of the world-renowned choir. Together with his associate directors, Mack Wilberg and Barlow Bradford, he will also be responsible for the Temple Square Chorale, the training choir for the Tabernacle Choir, and the recently organized Orchestra at Temple Square. Brother Jessop had been serving as an associate director of the Tabernacle Choir since 1995."
The Choir wil be presenting a special concert in conjunction with the "Mormon Miracle Pageant" and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Manti, Utah. The concert will take place at 7pm on Friday, June 18th and will be held on the Manti Temple Hill prior to the pageant performance that evening.
Robert C. Bowden, musical director of the Mormon Youth Chorus and Symphony for more than 25 years, is retiring this summer. These groups will perform a traditional Easter concert on 16-17 April and a final concert on 21-22 May.
Mack Wilberg, professor of music at Brigham Young University has been appointed an associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with responsibility for the Temple Square Chorale. This new chorus, which replaces the Mormon Youth Chorus, will become a training choir for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Barlow Bradford, director of orchestras at the University of Utah has been appointed an associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with responsibility for the Orchestra at Temple Square, This organization, which replaces the Mormon Youth Symphony, will now accept qualified musicians without regard to age.
Wendell Smoot, the current Mormon Tabernacle Choir President, has also been appointed president of the Temple Square Chorale and the Orchestra at Temple Square. He will be assisted by a full-time administrator.
The minimum age to audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be lowered from 30 to 25.
Roma Downey, star of the television series "Touched by an Angel" narrates the hour-long program. (Church News, 5 Dec 1998)
You can expect to see some of the following pieces performed:
The broadcast time may vary, so check your local listings.
The program was taped at the 1997 Christmas concert in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
If you miss the broadcast, "A Christmas Gloria" is available from Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment or the Church distribution center on both compact disc and video.
Check out the BWE web page or call 1-877-293-3456. For the special low price of $9.95 on the video if you mention their web page promotion.
WAV file of "One Small Step"--from a rare 1970 single.
1998 EUROPEAN TOUR
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will tour Europe in 1998!
The concert dates are:
AN AMERICAN REQUIEM ON PBS
The following announcement was posted June 6, 1997 on the Usenet group rec.music.classical:
An American Requiem is currently broadcast by 79 PBS stations - for up to three times until August 8, 1998.
The 2-hour program includes an interview with composer James DeMars; the 1995 national premiere performance in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City with soloists Andrey Luna, soprano; Linda Childs, mezzo; Robert Breault, tenor and Simon Estes, bass-baritone, with the 300 singers of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a symphony orchestra conducted by the composer; an interview with Dr. Jerold Ottley, director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The video is not commercially available.
Inquire with your local station for date and time. Here is the list of these PBS stations.
ALABAMA ETV ALASKA PBS ARKANSAS ETV HAWAII PTV IDAHO PTV IOWA PTV MISSISSIPPI ETV NEBRASKA ETV NEW JERSEY PTV OKLAHOMA ETV PRAIRIE PTV SOUTH DAKOTA ETV KACV, Amarillo, TX KAET, Phoenix, AZ KBDI, Boulder, CO KCOS, El Paso, TX KCPT, Kansas City, MO KCTF, Waco, TX KCWC, Riverton, WV KEET, Eureka, CA KERA, Dallas, TX Kentucky Educational TV 09:30 PM, Jan 01, 1997 KETC, St. Louis, MO KIXE, Redding, CA KLCS, Los Angeles, CA KLVX, Las Vegas, NV KNCT, Killeen, TX KOCE, Huntington Beach, CA KSMQ, Austin, TX KSPS, Spokane, WA KTEH, San Jose, CA KTWU, Topeka, KS KUTH, Houston, TX KUSM, Bozeman, MT KVCR, San Bernardino, CA KVIE, Sacramento, CA KVPT, Fresno, CA KWSU, Pullman, WA WBGU, Bowling Grn, OH WCET, Cincinnati, OH WCEU, Daytona, FL 07:00 PM, Nov 09, 1997 WCFE, Plattsburg, NY WCNY, Syracuse, NY WEDU, Tampa, FL WEIU, Charleston, IL WFSU, Tallahassee, FL WFWA, Fort Wayne, IN WFYI, Indianapolis, IN WGBH, Boston, MA WDVU, Grand Rapids, MI WHRO, Norfolk, VA WILL, Urbana, IL WIPB, Muncie, IN WITF, Harrisburg, PA WKNO, Memphis, TN WLJT, Lexington, TN WLRN, Miami, FL 09:00 PM, May 28, 1997 WMEC, Springfield, IL WMHT, Schenectady, NY WMVS, Milwaukee, WI WNED, Buffalo, NY WNIN, Evansville, IN WNMU, Marquette, MI WNVT, Annandale, VA WPBA, Atlanta, GA WPSX, Clearfield, PA WPTO, Dayton, OH WQEX, Pittsburg, PA WSBE, Providence, RI WTBU, Indianapolis, IN WTCI, Chattanooga, TN WTIU, Bloomington, IN WTTW, Chicago, IL WUCM, Univ. Center, MI WUSE, Tampa, FL WVIZ, Cleveland, OH WVPT, Harrisonburg, VA WXEL, Boyntn Beach, FL WXXI, Rochester, NY WYIN, Gary, IN