Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Things To Do in Salt Lake City
If at all possible, plan for your visit to Salt Lake City to include either Thursday evening or Sunday morning open. If you’re in town on either of those days, this takes the top spot for our recommendation of Things To Do in Salt Lake City. A weekly concert, Music and the Spoken Word, is the world’s longest continuously running network broadcast, running every Sunday since 1929. Sunday morning is a 30-minute performance, while Thursday evening is a rehearsal open to the public. There is no formal dress code for attending either one. For much of the year, the Choir uses the Salt Lake Tabernacle as their venue; however, during the busy summer tourist season, the Choir uses the much larger LDS Conference Center.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been around since 1847. Brigham Young, President of the LDS Church at the time, organized a small choir just a few weeks after the first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Since then, the Choir has performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, at World’s Fairs and expositions, in concert halls all over the world, and in the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today, the Choir is comprised of 360 volunteer singers who spend an average of 150 days of the year rehearsing and performing.