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Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Album Review

A selection of nationalistic songs and traditionals from a number of nations, including the United States, the British Isles, Israel, Scandinavia, and Russia. The 300-plus member choir is directed by either of two directors, with accompaniment coming from any variation of organists, orchestra, and additional guest artists. Lots of chest-beating national pride can be found here, as well as the choir's trademark of excellence. A good choice for the choir fan, as well as those interested in exploring cultural variety. ~ Dacia A. Blodgett-Williams, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 22 August 1847 in Salt Lake City, UT

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '/0s, '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir made their public debut on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after Brigham Young and his 147 followers first settled in the Salt Lake Valley. John Parry was named the choir's first official conductor in 1849, and two years later, construction was completed on the first Tabernacle church, followed in 1867 by the dome-roofed Tabernacle facility which still exists. The 150-member choir assembled for the facility's October 6th opening was at that time the largest in the U.S.,...
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