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Annual spring concert

The Orchestra at Temple Square and the Temple Square Chorale will perform their annual spring concert in the Tabernacle on April 17 and 18. The performances will be directed by Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the first half of the concert will feature the orchestra performing “Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn” by Johannes Brahms and the Overture to “The Bartered Bride” by Bedrich Smetana. The Temple Square Chorale, the training ensemble for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” in the concert’s second half.

Describing the concert, Brother Murphy explained, “While the Mozart ‘Requiem’ is the centerpiece of the evening, the concert begins with ‘Variations on a Theme by Haydn,’ which was performed at the inaugural concert of the Orchestra at Temple Square in 1999. Brahms wrote this almost a hundred years after the Mozart piece, but it still feels musically connected to the past. Brahms used a theme from the classical era as his subject, giving a nod to his predecessors in terms of style, structure and counterpoint.”

The orchestra and the chorale were formed in 1999 as extensions of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization. Since that time, the orchestra has become a key collaborator with the choir and has added significantly to the artistry of the combined ensembles. The Temple Square Chorale has proved itself an invaluable tool for training future singers in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Free tickets for the concert are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at lds.org/events.

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