The Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale will present a combined spring concert on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle. The concert will be led by Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.
The first half of the program will highlight the Orchestra at Temple Square performing British composer Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, an engaging theme followed by 14 variations dedicated to friends Elgar described as “pictured within.”
The second half will feature the Temple Square Chorale accompanied the Orchestra performing Ralph Vaughn Williams’s Dona nobis pacem, written in 1936 as a plea for peace. Soloists for this piece will be Melissa Heath (soprano) who performed with the Orchestra at Temple Square in 2012 and Christopher Holmes (baritone) who performed the Fauré Requiem with the Temple Square Chorale in 2011.
The two pieces, entitled, “Requiem aeternam” and “Let Peace Then Still the Strife,” were premiered in March 2006 as part of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival. (The “Requiem aeternam” later became the first movement of a full Requiem written by Mack Wilberg and premiered in 2007.)
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 concerts of its own each year. 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. This year the spring concerts of both ensembles have been combined into a single concert program.
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 and 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 four (4) tickets per person.
- On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 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 Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The ticket office is open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Seating will be general admission.
- Tickets are required for this event. Patrons should be in their seats 15 minutes before the event start time.
- Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the flagpole on Temple Square.
- For this event in the Tabernacle, admission is open to those ages eight (8) and older.
- 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.
- Service dogs are not allowed in venues where meetings/events are being broadcast or recorded. Ushers will direct you to overflow viewing rooms where your service dog is allowed.
- Patrons should not bring cameras or audio or video recording devices into the Tabernacle. 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.
- Weapons (including pocket knives) are not permitted in the Tabernacle.
- Food and beverages are not permitted in the Tabernacle.
- Patrons may not bring packages or backpacks into the Tabernacle.
- 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 90 minutes.