The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will make its first-ever appearance in Florida in March, 1989, with concerts and a nationwide broadcast from the EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, near Orlando.
Tabernacle Choir President Wendell M. Smoot announced the tour, as follows:-Saturday, March 18: four outdoor mini-concerts at the American Gardens Theater at EPCOT Center. The 30-minute presentations will feature patriotic numbers and popular tunes from the Disney musical repertoire. Portions of the concerts will be videotaped and featured on the nationally televised Walt Disney World Easter Parade, Sunday, March 26.
-Palm Sunday, March 19: the choir's weekly broadcast, "Music and the Spoken Word," will originate from EPCOT via satellite to the CBS Radio Network and KSL-TV, Salt Lake City.
-Tuesday, March 21: the choir will perform in formal concert for the national convention of the American Society of Neuroradiology at the Peabody Hotel, Orlando.
The 320-voice ensemble and support personnel will leave Salt Lake City on Friday, March 17, and return Wednesday, March 22, Smoot said.
Jerold Ottley, Tabernacle Choir director, will be on the podium during the performances, assisted by associate director Donald H. Ripplinger. Accompaniment will be provided by Robert Cundick and John Longhurst, Tabernacle organists.
Commentary will be provided by J. Spencer Kinard, the voice of the Tabernacle Choir's radio and television broadcasts and concert appearances for more than 15 years.
The choir performed for three weeks in June and July in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, where the singers appeared in 17 concerts and two Sunday broadcasts.
The Walt Disney World performances will continue a tradition dating back to 1893, when the choir completed its first concert tour, performing in the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In the ensuing 95 years, the choir has presented concerts throughout the United States and in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.