SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has announced its most prestigious North American tour ever this summer from 24 June through 11 July. The world-renowned 360-member choir will perform at some of the most prominent music festivals and concert halls in the northeastern United States and Canada. An ensemble from the Orchestra at Temple Square will accompany the Choir on tour.
The 2003 tour will kickoff a yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Choir's Music and the Spoken Word program. This weekly 30-minute broadcast of choral music and inspirational words is the world's longest continuously running network broadcast, currently airing on over 2,000 radio, TV, cable and satellite stations worldwide.
The tour will also coincide with the release of the second CD on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's solely owned recording label. Entitled Spirit of America, the recording will be a new collection of patriotic songs, including "Call of the Champions," the theme of 2002 Winter Olympic Games, composed by John Williams; "God Bless America"; "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor"; and "America the Beautiful." Much of the concert repertoire for the summer tour will be drawn from songs on the new CD.
One of the tour highlights will be a performance on the Fourth of July with the Boston Pops on the famed Charles River Esplanade. Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops, said, "The Boston Pops and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are two great American institutions, both renowned throughout the world and both emblematic of the best in American musical culture. All of us in Boston are thrilled with the prospect of joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a July Fourth celebration that will resonate in the minds of all Americans for years to come."
The Choir tour will include the following cities and events: the Interlochen Arts Festival in Traverse City, Michigan (24 June), the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan (25 June), Chautauqua Festival in Chautauqua, New York (28 June), Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey (30 June), Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, New York (1 July), Charles River Esplanade with the Boston Pops in Boston, Massachusetts (4 July), Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia (5 July), Mann Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7 July), and Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony in Lenox, Massachusetts (11 July). A concert will also be held at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, in New York City on 2 July. This special reserved seat engagement is already sold out.