"Mormon Tabernacle Choir Day" is proclaimed on the event of 80th anniversary

One of Utah's most acclaimed organizations, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, commemorated on Sunday morning the 80th anniversary of its weekly program, "Music and the Spoken Word." The half-hour program is the world's longest-running continuous network broadcast. Among the program's celebrants was President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who serves also as the choir's adviser.

In remarks during a program after the weekly broadcast, President Monson said that as he sat in the audience at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver during the choir's final concert on its recent tour, he offered a silent prayer of gratitude "for this magnificent choir, for the orchestra, for an inspired director, and for all the others associated with this organization. How blessed we are to have such gifted individuals willing to share their abundant talents."

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