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Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Friday, June 22, 2007 - 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $90-$45
Call 416-872-4255 or visit the
Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

***B-roll and CDs available

Toronto – The famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, one of America’s most beloved and eminent choral ensembles, returns to Toronto after an absence of 15 years to perform two concerts at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, June 22, 2007, at 2:30 and 7:30 pm. This rare Toronto appearance launches the Choir’s 2007 summer tour and features 300 choir members in a varied program of classical choral masterworks, American folk songs, patriotic hymns, and selections from the Choir’s recent CD, Showtime! Music from Broadway and Hollywood. The Choir is joined on tour by 60 musicians from its sister organization, the Orchestra at Temple Square.

Toronto is the only Canadian stop on the Choir’s seven-city, two-week North American tour of major concert venues and music festivals, including Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Cleveland’s Blossom Festival and the Nashville Arena in Nashville. Famed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, who recently appeared with the Choir in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, said, "When you sing with the Choir, it’s such an amazing atmosphere, not just a welcome of music but also a social element. It’s the love that’s alive in the room. The music transports that." Terfel will appear in recital at Roy Thomson Hall in April of 2008.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of the oldest and largest choral ensembles in the world. It was formed in 1847 shortly after the first Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Valley. The Choir, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has since achieved and maintained world-class status. It has performed in 28 countries, at 13 world fairs (including the 2002 Winter Olympics in its home town, Salt Lake City), at the inaugurals of six American presidents, and has shared the stage with such artists as Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Kiri Te Kanawa, Yo-Yo Ma and Sting. Since making its first phonograph record in 1910, the Choir has released more than 175 recordings and has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, a Grammy and two Freedom Foundation Awards. In 2003 it was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts, the highest honour given to an artist by the US government.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir can be heard on Music and the Spoken Word, a weekly half-hour Sunday morning radio and television program of inspirational words and choral music, which originates from the Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. On the air since 1929, it is the world’s longest continuous running network radio program and celebrated its 4,000th weekly broadcast in April 2006. The program airs on over 2,000 radio, TV, cable and satellite stations worldwide.

The full choir membership consists of 360 volunteer singers, ages 25 to 60, and all are members of the Church. The singers represent a wide cross-section from all walks of life and include as many as 20 husband/wife combinations, as well as families with two or more generations of membership – the longest is six generations. The highly prized membership is by audition and one requirement is that members must live within a 100-mile radius of the Salt Lake Tabernacle where the Choir rehearses and performs weekly. The all-volunteer 110-member Orchestra at Temple Square frequently accompanies the Choir and is also selected by audition. For more information, please visit


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