Tanner Gift of Music 30th Anniversary Concert

James Taylor with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony

Conference Center Auditorium
Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7, 8:00 PM


Event Description

The O. C. Tanner Gift of Music will mark its 30th anniversary with a gala concert featuring popular music icon James Taylor.  The biennial concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony will take place in the Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. 

The annual “Gift of Music” 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 that became the Tanner Gift of Music concert series celebrates its 30th anniversary. 

The first concert in the series, the Verdi Requiem, was performed in the Tabernacle in 1983 under the baton of guest conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewksi.  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. His career spans four decades, with close to 100 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards. His warm baritone, introspective lyrics, and unique guitar playing are immediately recognizable. 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 will be the gift to the community that the Tanners and President Hinckley envisioned.


  • Free tickets are required for this event. There is a limit of two (2) tickets per household.
  • Please register for only one performance. Patrons registering with a business address, registering for both performances, or registering multiple times may have their registrations canceled.
  • Because of high demand for tickets, they will be distributed through a random selection process.  Those interested may register on the Internet at www.lds.org/events 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 during regular ticket office business hours (M–F, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). All registrations received during this time will have equal chances at receiving tickets in the random selection process. The confirmation e-mail you receive only verifies that you have successfully registered for tickets. This e-mail notification does not indicate that you have been selected to get tickets.
  • Not all registrations will be selected to receive tickets, and only one registration per household can be accepted.
  • Tickets will be mailed to those selected shortly after the registration process closes.
  • Patrons without tickets are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square for the evening performances.
  • Seating will be general admission by section.

Special Considerations

  • Tickets are required for this event. Those with tickets should be in their seats 30 minutes before the event start time.
  • For this event in the Conference Center, admission is open to those ages eight (8) and older.
  • Those attending the production should consider traffic congestion, plan to arrive early, and park in designated parking areas only.
  • Parking at the Conference Center will not be available for this event.
  • Ambulatory seating is available. Patrons who require such seating should inform the ticket office when they obtain tickets or inform Guest Services when they arrive at the event.
  • Patrons should not bring cameras or audio or video recording devices into the performance halls. Photographs are not permitted during the performance.
  • Sunday dress is encouraged.
  • Patrons should turn off pagers, cellular phones, and similar electronic devices during the performance.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in performance halls.
  • Patrons may not bring packages or backpacks into performance halls.
  • The Conference Center doors will open 90 minutes before the performance start time.
  • The length of the performance is approximately 90 minutes.