Mormon Tabernacle Choir Announces Changes to 2016 Summer Schedule

  • 23 May 2016

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs during the 2014 Pioneer Day concert. Special events have been scheduled for those whose summer 2016 travel plans include a visit to Temple Square when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are performing in Europe.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

Special events have been scheduled for those whose summer 2016 travel plans include a visit to Temple Square when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are performing in Europe.

The following adjustments have been made to the regular schedule of rehearsals and broadcasts for the choir in Salt Lake City during June and July:

Pre-tour concert

Before leaving on tour, the choir and orchestra will present a concert of tour repertoire for family and friends on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.; tickets are not required. This concert will replace the choir's and orchestra's regular public Thursday night rehearsal.

Music and the Spoken Word live broadcasts

Live performance broadcasts will not be given on these Sundays: July 3, 10, and 17. Instead, at 9:15 a.m., one of the regular Sunday morning hosts will welcome those who come to Temple Square. A short organ recital (approximately 10 minutes) will be performed, and at 9:30 a.m. the prerecorded Music and the Spoken Word broadcast airing on KSL-TV and the CBS Radio Network will be shown on screens in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Live performance broadcasts will resume on Sunday, July 24.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir public rehearsals

Although the choir and orchestra will not be rehearsing these three Thursdays: June 30 and July 7, 14, the public is invited to visit Temple Square at 7:30 p.m. for a short organ recital and two Music and the Spoken Word recorded programs, which will be shown on screens in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Regular Thursday night public rehearsals will resume on Thursday, July 21, when the choir and orchestra will be rehearsing for the Pioneer Day concert in the Conference Center.

Bells on Temple Square public rehearsals

There will be no public rehearsals for the Bells on Temple Square these Wednesdays: June 15, 22, 29, and July 6, 13, and 20. Regular Wednesday night public rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, July 27.

Pioneer Day concert

As previously announced, the choir and orchestra will present a Pioneer Day concert on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23. Special guests for this concert will be announced June 7. Tickets will be required but are free and will be available immediately following the guest artist announcement (see related article).

European summer tour

Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett said when announcing the choir’s summer 2016 tour to Europe, “We are thrilled that for the first time in nearly two decades, international audiences will be able to enjoy the music of the choir in person.” Tour dates extend from June 27 to July 16, 2016, with concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. (Tickets for these concerts are still available. See related article.)