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Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Active: August 22, 1847 - ; Salt Lake City, UT
Perhaps America's best-known and longest-established large choral group, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is known for full sound and fervent expression in its stirring renditions of classical standards and evergreen Americana.

Under the leadership of Brigham Young, 148 members of the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church), seeking a place to pursue their unique religious beliefs without interference, found
Read more the Salt Lake basin and chose it as their site. One of the expressions of faith that had sustained them on their trip was their singing, and almost immediately after settling, they formed a choral group. The choir gave its debut performance on August 22, 1847, only 29 days after the Mormons' arrival in Utah.

Within two years John Parry had been named the choir's first conductor, and the group has had an uninterrupted existence since then. It currently numbers around 330 members, all unpaid. The choir sings in and takes its name from the Mormon Tabernacle in Temple Square, Salt Lake City. The Tabernacle is the second building of that name, which designates a public meeting hall for the church. Thus it is distinct from the Temple, which is a place sacred to Mormons and open only to those who live by the precepts of the LDS church. The Tabernacle is a large, oval-shaped building with a unique domed roof. This unique roof is made of plaster and steamed, curved wooden planks lashed together with rawhide and wooden pegs. It was designed with clear acoustics in mind, so that a 6,500-member audience could hear speaking and music without difficulty in the days before electronic amplification. The building's tour staff proudly shows off its acoustics by means of such demonstrations as dropping pins and tearing newspapers.

When the present building opened on October 6, 1867, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, by then at 150 voices the largest in the United States, gave a performance. It was accompanied by a fine 700-pipe organ, since rebuilt and enlarged and now boasting 11,623 pipes. The choir made its first official recording on September 1, 1910, for the Columbia label; of the at least 130 it has made since then, among the most celebrated is a 1959 recording of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" with the Philadelphia Orchestra, which earned a Grammy Award.

Today the choir performs weekly at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, and these performances are broadcast on a radio program entitled "Music and the Spoken Word." Broadcast continually since July 15, 1929, the program is the longest uninterrupted network run in American radio history. Both the choir's Sunday morning concerts and its Thursday evening rehearsals are open to the public, as are regular organ recitals.

The Tabernacle has historically been the site of LDS church conferences, but has yielded that function to a facility north of Temple Square. The Tabernacle remains as a concert hall and place for special church meetings. Read less
Let The Season In / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Mormon Tabernacle  
Catalog: 5126060   Number of Discs: 1
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Joy To The World / Richard Condie, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Cbs Masterworks  
Catalog: 30077   Number of Discs: 1
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Home For The Holidays / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Release Date: 10/15/2013   Label: Mormon Tabernacle  
Catalog: 5110057   Number of Discs: 1
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Ring Christmas Bell - Mormon Tabernacle Choir Live In Concert
Release Date: 09/01/2009   Label: Mormon Tabernacle  
Catalog: 5023340   Number of Discs: 1
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The Wonder Of Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Release Date: 09/26/2006   Label: Mormon Tabernacle  
Catalog: 70047   Number of Discs: 1
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    Let The Season In / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5126060 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Various,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  John Rhys-Davies
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Let The Season In / Mormon Tabernacle Choir [dvd]
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5126065 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Various,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  John Rhys-Davies
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    He Is Risen / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5119167 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Anonymous,  C. Austin Miles,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Elliott,  Clay Christiansen,  Andrew Unsworth
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  LeAnna Willmore,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bells on Temple Square,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Home For The Holidays / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5110056 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Jacob Niles  ... 
    Performer:  Alfie Boe,  Richard Elliott
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Home For The Holidays / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5110057 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  John Jacob Niles  ... 
    Performer:  Alfie Boe,  Richard Elliott
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Homeward Bound / Bryn Terfel, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001893102 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George David Weiss,  Marta Keen Thompson,  Samuel Stennett,  Paul Mealor  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Sissel,  Tamara Mumford
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Once Upon A Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir [dvd]
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5082356 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Felix Bernard,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Gunn,  Jane Seymour,  Richard Elliott
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir / Audra Mcdonald, Peter Graves
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5028352 Release Date: 11/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Audra McDonald,  Peter Graves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Once Upon A Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5082346 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Felix Bernard,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Gunn,  Jane Seymour,  Richard Elliott
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Once Upon A Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir [blu-ray]
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5082357 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Felix Bernard,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Gunn,  Jane Seymour,  Richard Elliott
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg,  Ryan Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Bravo! The No. 1 Albums / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5078531 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  William Moore,  Philip Paul Bliss,  Benjamin Franklin White,  Henry George Ley  ... 
    Performer:  Clayton Brainerd,  Andrew Unsworth,  Clay Christiansen,  Richard Elliott  ... 
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Bells on Temple Square
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    Glory! Music Of Rejoicing / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5063064 Release Date: 12/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mack Wilberg,  Traditional,  John Rutter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    This Is The Christ / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: MTC5055982 Release Date: 06/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael F. Moody,  Mack Wilberg,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Daniel L. Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Elliott,  Clay Christensen,  Andrew Unsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year / Natalie Cole, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5042001 Release Date: 09/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mack Wilberg,  Traditional,  Eddie Pola,  David Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Cole
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Kiri On Broadway
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440280 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Cole Porter,  Richard Rodgers,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  José Carreras,  Jeremy Irons,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Nelson Riddle,  Julius Rudel,  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Nelson Riddle Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    100: Celebrating A Century Of Recording Excellence / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Deseret Book   Catalog: MTC5038092 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Traditional,  Martin Luther,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Prima Donna - The First Ladies Of Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001396202 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Montserrat Caballé,  Danielle De Niese,  Elina Garanca  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Sir Colin Davis,  William Christie,  Roberto Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Heavensong - Music Of Contemplation & Light / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5035926 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  David Foster,  John Rutter,  Howard Goodall  ... 
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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  • 19.
    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001365700 Release Date: 11/23/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lynn Ahrens,  Eric Levi,  Pietro Yon,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Katherine Jenkins,  Reba McEntire,  Mary J. Blige  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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  • 20.
    Carols For Christmas - Original Album Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756174 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Johannes Sonnleitner,  Placido Domingo,  Eileen Farrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Paul Baron,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Luther Henderson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Chorus,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Joy Of Christmas - Original Album Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756173 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Monachino,  Davis Aiken,  Chet Allen,  Rosemary Kuhlmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Thomas Schippers,  Arthur Fiedler,  Jerold Ottley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Concert Choir,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    My Christmas / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001343702 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lynn Ahrens,  John Francis Wade,  James Pierpont,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  David Foster,  Courtney Blooding,  Dean Parks  ... 
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    Ring Christmas Bells / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5023338 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mack Wilberg,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Mel Torme,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Elliot,  Andrew Unsworth,  Clay Christiansen
    Conductor:  Thomas Waldron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square,  Riverton High School Bell Choir  ... 
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    Ring Christmas Bell - Mormon Tabernacle Choir Live In Concert
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5023340 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Leroy Anderson  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Stokes Mitchell,  Edward K. Herrmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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  • 25.
    Encore Collection - The Many Sounds Of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5022851 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Mitchell Leigh,  Harold Arlen,  Lucy Simon  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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