Mormon Tabernacle Choir kicks off summer tour in Ohio

The most straightforward way to describe the first day of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2013 summer tour to the Upper Midwest is simple: "It was long."

Some 320 members of the choir, 65 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square, a contingent of support staff and guests — just under 600 people total — left Salt Lake City early Wednesday morning, June 12. The first of three chartered planes lifted off at 6 a.m.; the last at 7 a.m. Upon arriving in Columbus, Ohio, the first stop on their tour, the singers and instrumentalists went directly to Nationwide Arena, the venue for that evening's concert. They spent the remainder of the day there.

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