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:
- The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square YouTube channel
- The Tabernacle Choir Facebook page
- Latter-day Saints Channel
- And on Sunday, July 19, at 5 p.m. the broadcast will also air on BYUtv, BYUtv.org, and the BYUtv app
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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