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The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are concluding a six-day (June 13-19) visit to Mexico City where they formally kicked off their “Hope” world tour.

The tour marks a new approach in touring for the Choir, under its expanded mission to “reach people throughout the world” with humanitarian outreach, interfaith collaborations and cultural connections.

Choir President Michael O. Leavitt said the Choir’s goal is to travel twice a year over the next four years. The “Hope” tour has three main objectives: sharing a message of hope with the world, giving people a sense of belonging in particular for Latter-day Saints abroad, and building stronger ties with local faith and civic leaders.

“This is quite a different model of travel. First, we’re going more frequently and for shorter periods. Second, we’re not moving from venue to venue. We’re going to be in one major city where we can then use the power of technology to radiate our message,” said President Leavitt.

In Mexico City on Saturday and Sunday (June 17 and 18), hundreds waited for hours under the summer sun before the gates opened. Near-capacity audiences filled the 10,000-seat Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium) for a colorful celebration of music, faith and culture.

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