Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Choir and the Cathedral

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square were invited to perform in the opening concert of the Madeleine Festival of the Arts. This year marks the cathedral's 100th anniversary. In the words of the Festival's Chairman, "We wanted something special so we selected a 'local group'." That comment received some chuckles... "We found the world's greatest choir just three blocks away!" 

It was interesting to hear that this was the choir's second-ever visit to this catholic cathedral. I personally have performed there many times as a freelance musician, but never with 365 musicians. It was an overwhelming sound. The choir and orchestra definitely infused this landmark building with the Spirit!
The year 2009 marks another anniversary. The Orchestra at Temple Square is 10 years old! What an incredible opportunity this has been to perform with the Tabernacle Choir. I thank President Hinckley for his vision and inspiration. Choir President Mac Christensen once reminded us, "Music is not our mission. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is our mission. Music is the means by which we accomplish that mission." I am grateful for this experience.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! I would love to have that experience. I so miss playing in an orchestra!