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For more than a century and a half, the city once known as "Nauvoo the Beautiful" and its temple lay in ruins. Today, a new temple stands in the restored city of Nauvoo, rebuilt by a generation who hasn1t forgotten the sacrifices of its ancestors. Historic Visit to Nauvoo includes songs of praise and patriotism recorded by the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the steps of the newly dedicated Nauvoo Illinois Temple. Selections include stirring renditions of "The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning," "Come, Come Ye Saints," and "America the Beautiful." Moving commentary by Lloyd Newell, announcer of Music and the Spoken Word, along with interviews with temple craftsmen and construction workers, and a guest performance by Enoch Train provide background and flavor to this historic, unforgettable musical event.
Exclusive on DVD are scenes from the groundbreaking, cornerstone, and coverstone ceremonies, as well as footage from President Hinckley's press conference in Nauvoo.
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Closed Caption: for the hearing impaired
About the Author
The 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir originated in the mid-19th century in Salt Lake City. As the Latter-day Saints moved west, Church President Brigham Young included musicians among members of the advance parties. Consequently, a small choir first sang for a conference of the Church in the Salt Lake Valley on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after the first group arrived. The origins of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir may be found in the desire and commitment of early converts to include appropriate music in both sacred and secular events.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has appeared at 13 world’s fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. Five of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s recordings have achieved “gold record” and two have achieved “platinum record” status. The most popular was the Grammy-Award-winning 1959 release of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with the Philadelphia Orchestra.