Choirs, dancers and drummers representing many global faiths performed in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Sunday, March 17, 2019. The “Sacred Music Evening” was organized by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable and hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Speaking on behalf of the Church, Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. of the Seventy provided the welcoming remarks. A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the program for those killed in a recent shooting at two mosques in New Zealand.
Opening devotions included a reading by Zeynep Kariparuc, outreach coordinator for the Emerald Hills Institute and member of the Muslim community.
A Jewish shofar, or horn, sounded during the singing of a devotional song.
The invocation was offered by Lacee Harris, who represented the Northern Ute and Northern Paiute tribes.
The first musical performance of the evening was provided by the Taiko Buddhist Drummers of the Ogden Buddhist Church.
The Utah Sacred Harp Singers presented traditional American hymns and songs. The music was sung a cappella.
Emerald Hills Institute students performed a religious dance that originated in Turkey. The whirling dervish ritual known as “sema” was formed in 1312.
Choir members from the St. Ambrose Catholic Church worshiped through song in the historic Tabernacle building.
Dancers from the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple took to the stage to share their talents with a public audience.
The Salt Lake University Institute Singers sang “Joy” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” The performers were made up of students attending the University of Utah and the Church’s institute of religion.
Members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake participated in the annual event. The choir performed several songs, including two selections in Greek.
The Hilltop Gospel Choir under the direction of the Hilltop United Methodist Church performed several selections, including “I’m Determined to Walk With Jesus.”
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.