America’s Choir to Celebrate Arizona’s 100th Statehood DayMay 25, 2011
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performance an Arizona Centennial Signature Event
Phoenix, Ariz. (March 29, 2011) – For the first time in over 40 years, the Mormon
Tabernacle Choir is coming to Arizona. The Choir with its companion ensemble, the
Orchestra at Temple Square, will present two rare performances February 10 and 11,
2012, at 8 p.m. at US Airways Center.
Tickets go on sale April 1, for this Arizona Centennial Signature Event, and are
available at the US Airways Center box office (www.usairwayscenter.com/tickets/),
Ticketmaster, Deseret Book Stores, and also on the Choir’s website
(mormontabernaclechoir.org) and on its Facebook page (facebook.com/mormontabernaclechoir).
“We are thrilled to have the most prestigious Choir in the world come to Arizona
to celebrate our Centennial with their legions of fans in our state,” said Karen
Churchard, director, Arizona Centennial Commission.
Mack Wilberg, Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director, said: “Every week we
have thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Salt Lake City to experience
the Choir in person. Touring gives us the opportunity to share this experience with new
audiences around the country. It’s a great privilege and a highlight for choir and
orchestra members to perform for audiences in live concerts – and especially so for
Arizona’s Centennial celebration.”
Since its first tour outside of Utah in 1893, the Choir has toured extensively
across the United States and abroad. It has performed throughout Europe and in music
capitals from Israel and Russia, Japan and Australia. Its travels also have included
performances at the inaugurations of six U.S. presidents. The all-volunteer choir and
orchestra usually tour every other year since all of performers must take vacation time
from their jobs and families to undertake the travel.
The 360-voice choir, accompanied frequently by the 110-member orchestra, can
also be heard weekly as part of the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. This 30-
minute program is the world’s longest continuously running network broadcast and
currently airs on over 2,000 radio, TV, cable and satellite stations worldwide. The Choir
and orchestra are active recording artists with their own recording label, Mormon
Tabernacle Choir®. Their latest CD, Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, features music
for men’s voices and has been number one on the Billboard Classical Traditional list for
most of the year since its release in January. The Choir’s recordings have earned two
platinum and five gold albums, including a Grammy Award-winning rendition of “Battle
Hymn of the Republic.” In addition to having recorded with some of the world’s great
orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Choir recently marked a centennial of its
own—100 years since its first recording—with a 3-disc collection entitled 100:
Celebrating a Century of Recording Excellence.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, one of the oldest and largest choirs in the world,
has performed before U.S. presidents, sold millions of records, won scores of awards
and enthralled audiences in dozens of countries. The Choir is based in Salt Lake City,
Utah, at the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is
composed of 360 volunteer singers, ages 25-60, who are members of the Church. They
practice and perform weekly and are accompanied frequently by the Orchestra at
Ronald Reagan, president of the United States from 1981 to 1989, dubbed the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir “America’s Choir” in 1981 when the Choir sang at his
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir traces its roots to the mid-19th century when a
small choir first sang for a conference of the Church on August 22, 1847, just 29 days
after the first pioneers arrived to settle the Salt Lake Valley. In the 1860s, just west of
the Salt Lake Temple was built the now-historic Mormon Tabernacle, where the Choir
makes its home and from which it received its name from the structure.
Accompanying the Choir in the great auditorium is the 11,623-pipe Tabernacle
organ featuring prominent golden pipes made of round wood staves, hand-carved from
Utah timber. Ten pipes from the original organ, built in 1867, are still functioning today.
For the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, February 8-24, 2002, the Choir
performed at the official opening ceremonies to a worldwide audience of more than 3.5
R Entertainment Company of Scottsdale, Ariz., is underwriting this performance
and no taxpayer funds are being used.
About the Arizona Centennial Commission.
The Arizona Centennial Commission and its nonprofit Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation is comprised of distinguished Arizonans from public and private life, and is committed to involving all Arizonans to help fulfill the Centennial vision — “to appreciate our state’s rich past, celebrate the present, and together, create a vibrant and sustainable future.” For more information, visit www.AZ100Years.org.
About Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, one of the oldest and largest choirs in the world, comprises 360 volunteer singers ages 25-60, and has performed before U.S. presidents, sold millions of records, won scores of awards and enthralled audiences in dozens of countries. Originating in the mid-19th century, the Choir today has earned two platinum and five gold albums, including a Grammy Award-winning rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The Choir has recorded with some of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. www.MormonTabernacleChoir.org
About R Entertainment Company.
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