Mormon Tabernacle Choir excels in pioneer tribute

It's not always easy to condense 100 years of history into an hour-and-a-half. But the Mormon Tabernacle Choir did just that at its annual Pioneer Day Concert on Friday night.

With glorious music, spoken word and video clips, it did it in a way that not only highlighted significant periods and achievements but also captured the spirit of the choir's own mission and purpose to uplift and inspire.

The choir is celebrating 100 years of recording history — and all of the pioneers in the field who came before them.

"One word flowed through my mind throughout this concert," LDS President Thomas S. Monson said in brief remarks at the end. "That word is wonderful — wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. We are richly blessed by this choir and orchestra, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with choirs above in singing praises to a just God."

President Monson commented on the choir's spirit and worldwide presence. "There is no way to measure all the lives that have been touched and the hearts that have been uplifted," he said. "Praise to our music pioneers."

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been on the cutting edge for 100 years, said choir president Mac Christensen. "Few music groups can claim such a legacy."

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