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The Tabernacle Choir returns to Temple Square

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs during the annual Pioneer Day concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 20, 2018. The choir was joined by guest performers Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly, and narrator Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs during the annual Pioneer Day concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 20, 2018. The choir was joined by guest performers Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly, and narrator Oscar "Andy" Hammerstein III. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)



TEMPLE SQUARE — The Tabernacle Choir announced Friday that it will be returning to Temple Square for the first time since March 2020, when events were temporarily shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Salt Lake Tabernacle has hosted live events for visitors from all over the world for over 150 years, and the Conference Center in Temple Square has been a popular venue for over 20. Daily organ recitals, weekly Choir and Bell ensemble rehearsals and Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts will return to Temple Square within the next three months.

The daily organ recitals on Temple Square will resume on Monday, July 19. They are open to the public Monday through Saturday at noon, and Sundays at 2 p.m MDT. The live-streamed organ performance started during the pandemic closures, Piping up! Organ Concerts at Temple Square, will still be available every Wednesday at noon on The Tabernacle Choir's YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as on their website and at Broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

The rest of the events for the choir, orchestra and bells will occur in phases. The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will begin closed rehearsals on Thursday, Aug. 26, and the Bells at Temple Square will start in September.

All rehearsals and broadcasts will be closed to the public until the second week in October.

The first live broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word will occur on Sept. 19. The choir will also be performing during three general conference sessions in October.

Live rehearsals and broadcasts that are open to the public will resume Oct. 6. The performance schedule is located on The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square's website.

The choir is hoping to hold a live Christmas concert at the Conference Center this December, but arrangements are still pending. Details will be released once the organization has confirmation that the concert can safely take place. The PBS and BYUtv special program, "Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir," will still be released this year, along with new CD, DVD and book products. Details will be announced in mid-September.

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