Poulenc Gloria and Sacred Anthems

Temple Square Chorale

Tabernacle, Friday and Saturday,
April 19-20, 2013, 7:30 p.m.


Event Description

The Temple Square Chorale, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, will present its annual concert on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle. The major work of the concert will be the Gloria by Francis Poulenc, with soprano soloist Elizabeth Pike Murdock. The evening’s concert will be led by Ryan Murphy, associate conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc is a setting of the Gloria in excelsis Deo familiar from its use in mass liturgy and many other musical compositions. One of Poulenc's most celebrated works written near the end of his career, the work was premiered on January 21, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus Pro Musica. Gloria was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation in honor of Sergei Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony for a quarter century, and his wife Natalia. An RCA Victor recording by the Robert Shaw Chorale in 1965 won a Grammy Award for the "Best Choral Performance." Soprano soloist Elizabeth Murdock is a graduate of the Brigham Young University School of Music, a noted concert musician who maintains a vocal studio in Salt Lake City.

The second half of the concert will feature a variety of sacred anthems, including two new compositions by Ryan Murphy, as well as music by John Rutter and Edgar Bainton.

The Temple Square Chorale was formed in 1999 as part of changes to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization that included the creation of the Orchestra at Temple Square. The chorale serves as a training ensemble for new members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It is comprised of new members completing their audition process as well as those members who were new to the choir the previous year, plus a few other current choir members to provide a complement of roughly 120 singers. The Orchestra at Temple Square is an all-volunteer musical organization formed at the direction of Gordon B. Hinckley, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its charter is to accompany the musical ensembles of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization and to perform in two concerts of its own each year.

Ryan Murphy was appointed associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in March 2009. In this capacity, he assists the music director with rehearsals, concerts, tours, and broadcasts and serves as the conductor of the Temple Square Chorale. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Murphy conducted six choirs in the Boston area, served as music director of the Tuacahn Theatre in St. George, Utah, following five seasons as music director at the Sundance Institute in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in piano and organ performance and pedagogy. He also has a master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in choral conducting from Boston University.


  • Free tickets are required for this event. There is a limit of six (6) tickets per person.
  • On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, tickets may be obtained over the Internet or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS) beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • Based on availability, tickets may be obtained in person at the ticket office located at door 4 of the Conference Center beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The ticket office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Seating will be general admission.

Special Considerations

  • Tickets are required for this event. Those with tickets should be in their seats 15 minutes before the event start time.
  • Children ages eight (8) and older are welcome at the performance. No babies, please.
  • 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.
  • Those attending the production should consider traffic congestion, plan to arrive early, and park in designated parking areas only.
  • The Tabernacle doors will open 60 minutes before the performance start time.
  • The length of the performance is approximately 70 minutes.
  • Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the flagpole on Temple Square.