Sounds of the Season: Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir
At any time of year, listening to a concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a special event, but nothing is more spectacular than the Christmas concerts held each year. The sounds of the season as sung by some of the most professional voices in the world is one of the most moving events you will ever experience. Their powerful voices and unique sounds are the perfect way to experience the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Choir History

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir got its start in 1847. The pioneering Mormons set out across country to find a place where they could worship freely. At night, the pioneers would gather around the fire to sing hymns and this joyful practice continued once they reached their new home. Just one month after the pioneers arrives in what is now Salt Lake City, a small choir sang hymns to give thanks for a safe arrival. The first official director was appointed in 1869.

Since then, the choir has swelled to 360 members, men and women of all ages and backgrounds and all unpaid volunteers from all over the world. The group is united by their love of singing and by their faith. It has performed for presidential inaugurations, world fairs and on numerous televised special events, in numerous countries and has released more than 150 albums.

Throughout the year, the choir performs on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in the off season, and in the Conference Center during the summer, and during the Easter and Christmas seasons. Arrive early if you plan to attend any of the services. The choir rehearses on Thursday nights in the Tabernacle from 8 – 9:30 p.m. Rehearsals are open to the public unless otherwise noted on the choir’s calendar on the official website.

Sounds of the Season Concerts

To welcome the holiday season, join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony Orchestra for the O.C. Tanner Gift of Music Concert on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. This is a free concert open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Tickets are hard to come by, but you may be able to find standing room at the last minute.

The Annual Christmas Concert will take place on Dec. 10-12 in the Conference Center. This year, singer and songwriter Natalie Cole joins historian David McCullough to present “The Wondrous Gift of Christmas.” The center holds a crowd of 20,000 for these amazing performance, but the concerts are so popular that you must register for random ticket selection drawing, although all tickets are free, you must have a ticket. The drawing usually takes place early in October. Standing room may be available the night of the concert, but come early if you want to get in.

On December 13, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square Bell Choir will perform a Christmas Mini-Concert in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m.

Throughout the year, the choir offers a variety of concerts surrounding special holidays including the Spring and Fall Concerts, as well as special performance with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Check the website for dates and locations on future concerts.

If you’d like to enjoy the sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in your own home this holiday season, the choir has release a three CD collection which includes The Wonder of Christmas, Rejoice and Be Merry and Spirit of the Season. The collection is available for purchase from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir website, along with many other recordings made by the choir.

Conference Center Ticket Office
570-0080 (local) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS)

Choir Office
50 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

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