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Thousands gathered in the Conference Center on Temple Square Friday night, July 15, to hear members of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform their annual summer concert following a two-year break. It was the first time the world-renowned singers and musicians have gathered for a public performance at the Conference Center on Temple Square since the pandemic began in March 2020.

“It feels so good to finally be able to share our music live with a public audience following the pandemic,” said Michael O. Leavitt, president of the Choir. “Choir and Orchestra members have been looking forward to the summer concert for many weeks to inspire, uplift and bless the world through their faith-filled music.”

They were joined by guest artist and baritone Shea Owens, director of opera at Brigham Young University (BYU).

“It was heartbreaking when the pandemic forced so many of us to stop working for a time. I will never take for granted the opportunity to make music in person again,” Owens said.

“While I’ve performed with a number of orchestras and choirs in my career, this is my first time performing with a group of this size and caliber. You create a community, a family, when you do something like this, and I’m thrilled to be a part of The Tabernacle Choir family now,” he added.

The Choir and Orchestra’s presentation, titled “Love Thy Neighbor: A Special Tabernacle Choir Event,” featured music and narration designed to share feelings of comfort and hope during today’s troubled times, inspire kindness, and concern and encourage Christlike outreach in everyone.

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