The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will begin a live stream organ recital series from the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square later this month.
The current COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted the organ recitals in the historic Tabernacle, which have been a tradition for more than a century. But noon recitals will now resume via the internet, without an audience, several days a week. That means organ enthusiasts and fans of the choir and its weekly broadcast, “Music and the Spoken Word,” can enjoy the music of the famous organs at Temple Square wherever they are in the world.
The opening event, “Piping Up: Tabernacle Organists in Concert,” will air June 17, 2020, at 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on the choir’s YouTube channel, the choir’s website and the Church’s live watch page. The 45-minute concert will include a wide variety of music from classical to traditional hymns and spirituals.
The concert will feature the five Tabernacle and Temple Square organists: Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts, and Joseph Peeples.
“I’ve continued to play, arrange and compose on the organ during these past few months,” said principal organist Richard Elliott. “I am thrilled to be performing again with my fellow organists, sharing our music with others, especially during these troubling times.”
Following the opening event, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will stream organ recitals weekly, starting Monday, June 22. The 30-minute organ series, called “Piping Up: Organ Concerts at Temple Square,” will be streamed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon MDT. Each day, one of the five organists will perform. The kickoff concert on June 17 will be posted on YouTube immediately after the live stream.
The Salt Lake Tabernacle organ has nearly 12,000 pipes and is the 17th largest organ in the world. The Tabernacle has been home to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square since 1867.
The online organ recitals will move to the Conference Center organ starting July 13 to accommodate scheduled renovations to the Tabernacle organ.
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