This summer, the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square have been broadcasting “Music & the Spoken Word” for 90 years. To celebrate the program’s 90th year of broadcasting, making in the longest-running national radio program, the Choir will host “Music for a Summer Evening” on July 18, 2020.
The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time and will be broadcast live on multiple channels, including all of the Choir’s official broadcast and internet sites, including their YouTube channel. The 90-minute broadcast will celebrate the impact and influence of the Choir’s weekly broadcasts — which span nearly the entire lifetime of radio — on audiences around the world. In addition, it will feature interviews and performances with renowned guest artists who have previously appeared with the Choir.
The Choir and Orchestra have selected special performances of their most beloved music under the baton of conductors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy. In addition, the five Tabernacle organists will be featured with a virtual quintet of The William Tell Overture.
The special performance replaces the Choir and Orchestra’s annual July concert, usually held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. The pre-recorded program was originally planned because the Choir and Orchestra anticipated being on tour in July 2020. Even though the 2020 Choir tour has been postponed and community Pioneer Day celebrations have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pre-recorded 90th-anniversary celebration will still air on schedule.