Slideshow: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra

July 4, 2013
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Classical MPR host Brian Newhouse (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Soloist Alex Boye performs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR / Nate Ryan) MPR Volunteers at the Target Center for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir June 20, 2013. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) The women and men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Organ accompaniment for The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Mormon Tabernacle Choir conductor Mack Wilberg. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) The men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Brennan Summers, winner of the 'Conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir' contest. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) Brennan Summers, won the 'Conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir' contest based on his story of making-good after he cried through a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert as a toddler, taking his father away from the performance. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) The women's section of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan) The crowd at its feet for a standing ovation at the end of the 2-hour long performance by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Classical Minnesota Public Radio was thrilled to bring The Mormon Tabernacle Choir to The Target Center in the summer of 2013.

On Thursday, June 20, 2013 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed in Minnesota for first time in over 20 years. Minnesota was the and the last stop in the Choir's 2013 Midwest tour.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed a broad range of music for the 2013 tour - selections were drawn from the Choir's vast repertoire which ranges from Bach to Broadway. The concert featured choral masterworks, American folk music, hymns, music from around the world and patriotic music. Several of the Choir's signature pieces, including "Battle Hymn of the Republic" for which it won a Grammy Award, was included on the program.

The Choir was also accompanied by sixty-five members of the Orchestra at Temple Square, and they too gave a wonderful musical performance.

Brennan Summers was the winner of Classical MPR's guest conductor contest, which gave him the opportunity to conduct the 360 voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Listen to the audio (above, right) to hear him explain why he wanted to conduct the Choir, and hear his family's emotional reaction to his performance.

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