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The Tabernacle Choir announced today, August 21, 2020, that it is canceling its annual Christmas concert featuring the Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells at Temple Square. The cancellation is consistent with earlier direction provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to postpone large public gatherings in areas challenged by COVID-19. Also canceled is the fall concert for the Orchestra at Temple Square and the November concert for the Bells at Temple Square.

“This is disappointing for all of us, but we have found a silver lining in these unique times by discovering innovative ways to share our vast repository of music with more people globally than ever before through the blessing of modern technology,” explained Choir President Ron Jarrett. “As such, we are exploring ways to continue the Choir’s annual traditions of TV specials and recordings next year even in the absence of a live Christmas concert in 2020.”

The Choir also announced that the remainder of the 2020 Choir audition cycle will be postponed until 2021. Applicants who were successful in phase 1 of the 2020 audition application process are receiving an email from the Choir informing them that the remaining three audition phases will be postponed until 2021.

Despite today’s announcements, Choir Music Director Mack Wilberg said the Choir organization ensembles are still fulfilling their musical mission. “More important now than ever is the need for experiences that elevate, uplift and bring people closer to the divine.”

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