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New CD Glory! Enchanting Listeners

You need to be familiar with a lot of music if you are going put together a blockbuster recording, program, or broadcast. To do it time and again takes a director like Mack Wilberg who is a genius at connecting the old masters with great composers from film, traditional folk hymns, and favorite anthems. Wilberg is quick to explain that you have to have something for everyone.  That’s why the Choir and Orchestra’s new album, Glory! Music of Rejoicing has climbed the Billboard charts and clearly “raised the roof” for listeners.

Mack Wilberg was about eleven years old when he first walked into the Tabernacle and heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. His grandmother took him to the famed Tabernacle on Temple Square to a Thursday night rehearsal; Richard Condie was conducting as the Choir prepared “The Holy City.” Wilberg was mesmerized.

He tucked that experience away and when putting together Glory! Wilberg reached back to that memory and included that well-known piece “The Holy City” as part of the repertoire. He updated it with some new arranging for solo, voice, and orchestra and tapped as tenor soloist Stanford Olsen, a friend of the Choir who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera more than 150 times.

In a recent Deseret News article on Glory!, Choir tenor John Maddox said that making a recording is “not a party.” But the songs selected for the album allow “the Choir and Orchestra to be intense and exuberant about glorifying the Lord.”  Karen Maxell, first alto, said of the long hours, “We all come so excited because we want to record and want others to hear our testimony through song and instrumentation.” For the complete article click here.

The result is a sensational album.  Wilberg has crafted both big and fast moments and those of quiet, subtle reflection as well. Included are 14 jubilant renditions including “Glory!” by Rimsky-Korsakoff, an excerpt from “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Ennio Morricone’s “Nella Fantasia” from the film The Mission, “Psalm 148” by Holst, “Look to the Day” by Rutter, and “Hymn of Praise,” an original composition by Wilberg prepared as a tribute to the reopening of the Tabernacle in 2007.

To hear a radio interview by Steven Kapp Perry with Music Director Mack Wilberg about the new album Glory! click here.

Coming Up This Week!
LIVE BROADCAST ON March 18, 2012 AT 9:30 AM

Conductor: Mack Wilberg | Guest Performers: BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers | Guest Conductor: Randall Kempton | Organist: Andrew Unsworth

Listen, Watch, and Find Us on the Web Listen Watch Internet Broadcast Program will include:

“Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven

“Then We'll Sing Hosanna”
American Revivalist Song: One More River
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Prelude on Middlebury (Organ Solo)
Composer: Dale Wood

“No Time”
Traditional Camp Meeting Song
Arrangement: Susan Brumfield
Performed by BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers
Randall Kempton conducting

"Take Time to Be Holy"1
Traditional Irish Melody
Lyrics:  W. D. Longstaff
Arrangement: John Longhurst
With the BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers
Randall Kempton conducting

“My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord"
Traditional Spiritual
Lyrics:  William Williams
Arrangement: Moses Hogan
Performed by BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers
Randall Kempton conducting

“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah”2
Composer: John Hughes
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
Lyrics: William Williams
With the BYU–Idaho Collegiate Singers

  1. On the CD The Sound of Glory
  2. On the CD Hymns of Faith

Repertoire subject to change for production and timing reasons. This is the repertoire for the live broadcast. Repertoire may differ in markets where the broadcast is shown tape delayed. To listen to this repertoire, click here

Last Week's Broadcast
March 11, 2012 | Broadcast Number 4304

"The Power of Example"

A young student sat at his desk, beaming as his teacher praised his perfect score in front of the rest of the class. But when the tests were handed back, he realized he had actually made a mistake and didn’t truly deserve his perfect grade. He debated with himself whether to tell the teacher or just let it go.

His conscience won out, and after class, he told the teacher. She was so impressed with his honesty that she let him keep his A+. That evening he told his mother of the inner battle he faced once he realized the error. He was so proud of his perfect score that he was tempted to remain quiet.
But then he remembered, a few months earlier, riding with his mother as she drove back to the grocery store to return a few coins the clerk had overpaid her by mistake. Once he remembered his mother’s act of integrity, the battle was over, and his decision was made.1

The way you live your life is the strongest sermon you will ever preach. Our children tend to repeat our actions whether we like it or not, just as a mirror reflects our smallest detail. If we want to change what we see in the mirror, our efforts are best spent not on trying to change the mirror but on improving ourselves. It follows, then, that if we’d like our children to be more courteous, patient, or selfless, we must strive to make sure those qualities are clearly visible in our own lives.

Of course children make their own choices—some of which seem to have no clear origin in their heredity or their upbringing. But it’s also true that the best advantage a child could ever have is the loving example of a parent who—though imperfect—is honestly striving to model virtuous living.
Someday someone may say to your children, “You’re just like your dad” or “just like your mom.” And if you’ve done your best to set a good example, it will be high praise indeed.

1.See Azriel Winnett, “When ‘Everybody Does It!’ Comes Back to Haunt You,”


What's New

Whats New album

Glory! Music of Rejoicing
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
& Orchestra at Temple Square
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What's New

16 & 17
What's New Spring Orchestra Concert with Pianist Josh Wright

Orchestra at Temple Square Spring concert.  TONIGHT and tomorrow. Come standby for seating to enjoy this concert with the Orchestra and guest soloist Josh Wright on piano.

What's New Easter

The Temple Square Chorale, with the Orchestra on Temple Square, will perform an Easter Concert. Click here for free tickets.

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