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History of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)
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The Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 320 voices strong, is the official choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is named for its permanent home in the historic Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. One of the world's most renowned choral ensembles, the choir maintains an intense rehearsal and performance schedule, singing at least twice weekly in the tabernacle and touring frequently to the major music centers of the world. The choir is featured on a weekly radio/TV program, "Music and the Spoken Word," carried by approximately 500 stations worldwide and heard live on Sunday mornings by many of the several million people who visit Temple Square annually. In addition to its regular open rehearsals and broadcasts, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings for the semiannual LDS general conferences and various other church and civic functions.

A widely recognized institution of American culture, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed at four presidential inaugurals--Bush (1989), Reagan (1981), Nixon (1969), and Johnson (1965)--as well as many other significant national occasions, including the bicentennial celebration of the American Constitution at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia (1987); the American Bicentenary in Washington, D.C. (4 July 1976); the "Tribute to the Stars" gala preceding the summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles (1984); nationwide radio memorial services for John F. Kennedy (24 November 1963) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (12 April 1945); and the first worldwide television satellite broadcast, from Mt. Rushmore (1962). The choir was featured in the first "Cinerama" movie (1952) and in the first public demonstration of stereophonic sound at Carnegie Hall in New York (1940).


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