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Mormon Tabernacle Choir 2013 tour impressions

Published: Monday, July 1 2013 9:20 a.m. MDT

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on June 12, 2013.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square concluded their nine day tour of the upper midwest by ending in Minneapolis, Minn. June 20. The choir and orchestra received praise for each of their six concerts.

“There are concert tours, and then there are concert tours. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir would fall under the latter,” said the Mundelein Review, based in Illinois.

Members of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir shared highlights from each day of the tour on the choir’s recently redesigned website, www.mormontabernaclechoir.org.

Here's a look at those performances and the impressions they left.

Columbus, Ohio

For the first day of the tour, Will Francis (French horn) wrote of the choir and orchestra’s experience in Columbus, Ohio, on June 12:

“The concert we just gave here was a special one. ... This Columbus audience was enthusiastic and genuine,” Francis said. “We were blessed tonight, and every time we sing and play, to bring with us a set of powerful messages. Through our music we say to our audiences that there is beauty and truth in the world; that even though it may often seem dark and frightening, we are the children of a Heavenly Father who loves us and will give us strength.”

At each concert the choir had a guest conductor lead an encore number of either “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “God Bless America” or “Climb Ev'ry Mountain.” Audience members texted or tweeted in their encore song of choice. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, lead the choir while wearing his signature bow tie.

The choir and orchestra’s professionalism, quality and repertoire impressed the Columbus community.

“The choir’s technique is flawless, and its performance style clean, devoid of artifice and deeply American,” said Lynn Green in the Columbus Dispatch. “Although it performs a primarily sacred repertoire, some of the strongest moments were from traditional and American songbook selections.”

Indianapolis, Ind.

After the concert in Columbus, 11 busses transported the choir and orchestra to Indianapolis, Ind., where they arrived shortly after 1 a.m. They rested and explored Indianapolis on day two, and held a concert in the city on the third day.

The day before the concert, the Indiana Pacers presented the choir and orchestra with personalized Pacers jerseys.

“This is just something simple that we could do to thank the choir for coming to visit us and sharing their talents with our community,” Rich Kapp, Pacers’ vice president of facility services and one of the jersey presenters, said.

Cellist Elizabeth Marsh wrote about her experience in Indianapolis on the choir’s website:

“The last time the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed here, my grandparents were not yet born. Now, 112 years later, the world, the Choir and Indianapolis are all a lot different,” Marsh wrote. “This particular trip is different for me, too. I've been on tour with the choir three times before, but flying, busing, rehearsing, performing and juggling luggage are all a little trickier when you're nearly six months pregnant. It has been really special, though. I’ve felt the baby kicking during certain songs, and tonight was no different. During the second half of the concert, my tummy was bumping against the back of my cello nearly every time there was even a hint of crescendo.”

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence lead the choir and orchestra to “This Land is Your Land” as the concert’s guest conductor.

Chicago, Ill.

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