3 reasons you’ll want to watch the Tabernacle Choir’s 90-year celebration this weekend

by | Jul. 17, 2020

After 90 years of broadcasting, “Music and the Spoken Word” will release a special prerecorded broadcast on Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. (MDT). According to Church Newsroom, the commemorative concert will be available worldwide on the following broadcast and internet channels:

Here are three reasons you won’t want to miss the celebration.

1. Interviews and performances with renowned guest artists

The celebratory concert will feature some favorite past performances from guest artists through the years, including Sissel’s performance of “Slow Down,” Kristin Chenoweth’s performance of “Angels Among Us,” and Bryn Terfel’s performance of “What a Wonderful World.”

2. Personal experiences from President Nelson

President Russell M. Nelson will share some of his own personal experiences with the Tabernacle choir.

3. A virtual organ quintet 

The five organists at Temple Square have put together a virtual quintet of “The William Tell Overture.”

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Deseret News shared a look back at when "Music and the Spoken Word" first aired on July 15, 1929. A local radio crew had secured the only microphone to a ladder. Also on the ladder was the organist’s 19-year-old son, Ted Kimball, who would remain on the ladder throughout the “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast so he could introduce the music in the program.  

Learn more about the history of the broadcast, including insights from choir director Mack Wilberg, at Deseret News

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Image titleHave you listened to the choir's new extended play? When You Believe presents a collection of beloved songs from the silver screen. Celebrating uplifting melodies, positive stories, and the inspiring imagination of great filmmakers in recent years, the 360-member Choir and full Orchestra breathe new life into these arrangements like nobody else can. Hold on to your seats for an exciting journey through timeless melodies, epic soundscapes, and an awe-inspiring tour de force of musical talent. Available now at DeseretBook.com


Lindsey Williams

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