Orchestra at Temple Square Fall Concert

Friday and Saturday, October 27–28, 7:30 p.m.

orchestra at temple square

Event Description

The concert’s first half will feature Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 in A Major (K. 488) with Russian pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov as soloist. In one of the most productive periods of Mozart’s life, during the four years from 1782 to 1786, he wrote 15 piano concertos, which were his primary source of income while also working on The Marriage of Figaro opera. Concerto no. 23 was finished on March 2, 1786, and was one of three subscription concerts given that spring. Although it’s not documented, many believe Mozart himself played at one of these concerts. In Concerto no. 23 Mozart replaces oboes with clarinets, a new instrument at the time, and neither trumpets nor drums are used. Some are of the opinion the piece creates a more intimate atmosphere. However, in a concluding rondo, fun exchanges between the soloist and orchestra take place and the piece returns to an exuberant conclusion.

The second half of the concert will feature composer Jean Sibelius’s Symphony no. 2 in D Major, op. 43, the most popular and most frequently recorded of his symphonies. Sibelius refers to his second symphony as “a confession of the soul,” the first notes of which were written while he was wintering in a mountain villa near Rapallo, Italy. The symphony premiered on March 8, 1902, with Sibelius conducting. After three sell-out performances, revisions were made and the piece was performed again on November 10, 1903, to rave reviews. Sibelius later wrote of this work, “It is as if the Almighty had thrown down the pieces of a mosaic for heaven’s floor and asked me to put them together.” Sibelius used the sonata form in the first movement with a slower second movement following a timpani roll and pizzicato strings. The scherzo is momentary and rapidly increases and soars, leading into the grand finale in which Sibelius indicates “heaven’s floor [is] visible at last.”

The Orchestra at Temple Square was established in 1999 as a companion ensemble to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Each week up to 85 musicians, drawn from a roster of more than 200 volunteers, provide instrumental support to the choir in the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The orchestra performs with the choir in joint concerts as well as presenting its own fall symphonic concert in the Tabernacle. Since its founding, an ensemble from the orchestra has performed on tour with the choir, and since 2005, a full complement of the orchestra has participated. Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir members, the orchestra members serve as musical goodwill ambassadors for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • Free tickets are required for this event. There is a limit of four tickets per person.
  • On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 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 Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 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. 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 and older.
  • Ambulatory impairment 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 or 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 pocketknives) 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.