Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Five-Year Old Leads the Choir

Graham Walton listens to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir every day. His favorite Choir song is whatever the Choir is singing, and he counts Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy as two of his best friends. Graham is five years old.

Born with only half of his heart functioning properly, Graham has had three major open-heart surgeries and eventually will need a heart transplant. But nothing is missing in his heart when it comes to his love for the Choir.

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Four Ways to View the 2018 Pioneer Day Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “Music for a Summer Evening,” the annual concert held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. This special Broadway-themed concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. 

Audiences will love the three amazing guests—Matthew Morrison, Broadway and television star; Laura Michelle Kelly, Broadway and London stage star; and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of famed lyricist Oscar Hammerstein—who will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the 2018 concert.

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“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” Was Written at the Request of a Sunday School Class

“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” was written in 1885, by William Henry Parker. He was a member of the Chelsea Street Baptist Church, in Nottingham, England, where he was active in the work of the Sunday School. He wrote many hymns and songs throughout the years, and had fifteen of them published in the Sunday School Hymnary (1905).

The music for the song was composed by Frederic A. Challinor, who wrote the tune for a competition sponsored by the National Sunday School Union, in London, England.

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Tour Diary #8 Performers Add Benaroya Hall to Their List of Favorite Venues

Written by Siope Kinikini, Mormon Tabernacle Choir member

Mack Wilberg, Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director, once stated, “When we experience great music in great spaces, it makes for a great experience—not only for the audience, but for the performer as well.” For me, performing at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, was a unique and rewarding experience. This was the final stop on our 2018 Classic Coast tour. Having performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in places like Carnegie Hall (New York) and Musikveiren (Vienna), I can now add Benroya Hall among my favorite places.

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10 Facts about 2018 Pioneer Day Guest Matthew Morrison

The walls of the Conference Center won’t be able to contain all of the glee that will be emanating from within because song and dance man Matthew Morrison will be in the house. Along with Morrison, this year’s Pioneer Day concert will feature actress Laura Michelle Kelly and Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III, grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II.

The Pioneer Day concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by music director Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. 

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10 Facts about 2018 Pioneer Day Guest Laura Michelle Kelly

This year’s Pioneer Day concert is going to be a blast! Laura Michelle Kelly, along with Matthew Morrison and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II, will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for two nights of pure magic. The concerts will also serve as a reunion, as Kelly and Morrison previously starred together in Broadway’s Finding Neverland.

The Pioneer Day concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by music director Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

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Tour Diary #7 - Oh Canada!

Written by Carol Salmon, Mormon Tabernacle Choir member

For me, there’s nothing better than just being in Canada. Well, unless I’m with 400 friends performing in The Orpheum in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the eve of Canada Day. What a way to start Canada’s celebration!

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tops 150 Million YouTube Views!

Thanks to the amazing fans around the world, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel has reached 150 million video views!

We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the time you’ve spent watching and sharing these videos. The Choir strives to provide the best quality music videos, live broadcast videos, behind the scenes videos, concert footage, instrumental videos, and much more. The Choir sings to transcend cultural and generational boundaries and unite people throughout the world with the power of music.

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“Master, the Tempest Is Raging”: A Hymn about the Storms of Life

“Master, the Tempest Is Raging” is a hymn based on Mark 4:36–41. The hymn’s text, written by Mary Ann Baker, focuses on the story of the Savior and His disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee, when Jesus “rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.”

In 1874, Dr. H. R. Palmer requested several songs of Baker for Sunday School lessons under the theme for the year, which was “Christ stilling the tempest.” After Baker completed the text, Palmer set it to music and published it in his Songs of Love for the Bible School during the same year.

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Because We Love Music

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square members have just completed their successful 2018 Classic Coast Tour with seven concerts in Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Rohnert Park, and Mountain View, California; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Seattle, Washington. They performed in stunningly beautiful concert halls and premier outdoor venues that were able to capture their sound and leave audiences enchanted by the variety and spirit of the beautiful music they presented.

The Choir and Orchestra are both composed of individuals who share a genuine love of music. They volunteer their time and musical talents—often at great sacrifice—for the opportunity of sharing their love of music and their love of God with others. Choir member Gary Miner explained, “While there are many talented individuals, the Choir and Orchestra receive their strength from the ‘whole.’”

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