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Artist James Taylor to Perform with Tabernacle Choir

  • September 6-7, 2013
September 6-7, 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Award-winning artist James Taylor will perform with the Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony at the Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7.

Five-time Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor will perform with the Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony at the Conference Center for the 30th anniversary of the Tanner Gift of Music concert series on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7.

The annual concert was established because of the combined vision of Obert Tanner, founder of O. C. Tanner Company, and Gordon B. Hinckley, beloved past President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both felt the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony could build bridges in the community through the gift of a free concert. This year their noble idea, which became the Tanner Gift of Music concert series, celebrates its 30th anniversary. 

The first concert in the series, Verdi’s Requiem, was performed in the Tabernacle in 1983 under the baton of guest conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. The 30th anniversary concert will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The repertoire for the concert varies between classical concerts like the first one and more popular music such as the work of The King’s Singers, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Denyce Graves, and Ronan Tynan. James Taylor was chosen for this anniversary concert because of his broad appeal across many generations and music styles.

James Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal form. In a career spanning four decades, with close to 100 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards, his immediately recognizable warm baritone, introspective lyrics, and unique guitar playing still blaze a path to which musicians throughout the world aspire. In 2011 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama at the White House, and in 2012 James was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. Both medals are their nation’s highest honors for artistic excellence, recognizing outstanding achievements and support of the arts.

The concert is free of charge but does require tickets. Because of high demand for tickets, they will be distributed through a random selection process. Those interested may register on the Internet at for the opportunity to receive tickets from Saturday, July 27, at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, August 5, at 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access may register over the phone at 801-570-0080 (local) or at 1-866-537-8457. All registrations received during this time will have equal chances at receiving tickets in the random selection process.

Not all registrations will be selected to receive tickets, and only one registration per household can be accepted. The maximum number of tickets that a household may request is four. Tickets will be mailed to those selected shortly after the registration process closes. Patrons not selected to receive tickets will be notified by email. Admission to this event is limited to those ages eight and older.

Standby tickets for those without tickets will not be issued. However, patrons are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:00 p.m. for each evening’s performance.