Dubbed "America's Choir" by President Ronald Reagan, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates 75 years of continuous weekly radio broadcasts in July 2004, the longest such run in broadcast history. Evolving from its humble beginnings in the barren Salt Lake Valley in 1847 as a choir singing to sagebrush to its spectacular performances at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the Choir is now courted by the most sophisticated concert halls in cities across the globe. They have sung at the inauguration of five U.S. presidents, twice received the prestigious Freedom Foundation Award for promoting patriotism and pride in America, were awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and have been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Please join Walter Cronkite for an amazing look at an American institution and a national treasure.
Documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite. Soundtrack from Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Published: May 2004
Soundtrack Released: June 2004
Film Released: July 2004
Length DVD: 150 min, Video: 60 min
America's Choir was the first CD of the Choir I ever bought. I had an old Christmas one... but rarely listened to it...once I got my hands on this one, however, I couldn't get enough! Come Let us Anew is my favorite, but the awesomeness of the Choir is demonstrated in every song.
Amazing book which commemorates the best choir on earth!
I first heard the Mormon Tabernachle Choir when I was a young Methodist farm boy in upstate, N.Y. Over the passing years, I by chance, would catch a performance on a tv show. Finally, it dawned on me, that if I liked the music by the rich voices of this magnificent choir, then why don't I purchase some of their CD's!? I have and this latest addition, 'America's Choir' will remain in my cd player for several weeks. It is a remarkable collection of songs. There are but a few American traditions remaining in our gracious country today. The Mormon Tabernachle Choir is one of them. , Ron Bliss, Concord, N.C.
The program itself plays like a series of footnotes with altogether too brief segments focusing on the founding of the choir, the tabernacle, the 'Music and the Spoken Word' broadcast, tours, and awards. It includes historical still shots mixed with modern footage and occasional reenactments in period clothing. , The bonus features on the DVD are extended versions of the segments from the program with much more detail, and the complete songs filmed for the performance inserts mixed in 5.1 surround. It's almost as if the producers are saying 'Okay, PBS gave us 60 minutes, here's what we really wanted to show you.' I would have liked the option to simply watch the complete program with the 'bonus' full length segments replacing the ones in the program. , Nonetheless, this is a nice summary of the amazing story of the voice the world most associates with the Church. It cannot replace the experience of seeing the choir live in the Tabernacle. But hey...What could.