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Choir summer broadcasts to originate in the Conference Center

Published: Friday, July 1, 2011

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings to sold-out houses while on tour and at home. To accommodate the burgeoning crowds in the summer and during the Christmas season, the Choir broadcasts its Sunday morning program Music and the Spoken Word from the Conference Center, a facility as revolutionary when it was built in 2000 as the Tabernacle when it was completed in 1867.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Choir will be in residence in the larger auditorium this summer from June 30 to September 11. Tickets are not required for the Sunday performances but those attending should be seated by 9:15 a.m. The Choir also originates the broadcast from the Conference Center during LDS semiannual General Conferences the first Sunday in October and April.

The space offers unique challenges to the Choir. The auditorium is carpeted; the seats are upholstered and the ceiling and walls are acoustically treated to reduce reverberation—ideal for messages from a podium but requiring a different approach for singing from the choir loft. Yet, the Choir has made it work and even made recordings in the massive hall. The Schoenstein pipe organ, used to accompany the Choir in Conference Center performances and for daily organ recitals in the summer months, underscores that this immense building, like the Tabernacle across the street, is a house of worship.

The 21,333 seat Conference Center auditorium—large enough to comfortably hold a Boeing 747—is believed to be the largest theater-style auditorium ever built. It seats more than the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, and the Royal Albert Hall in London.