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Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra performs annual summer concert after two-year break

Jul 16, 2022, 4:14 PM | Updated: 4:19 pm

Guest artist and baritone Shea Owens joins The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for ...

Guest artist and baritone Shea Owens joins The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the 2022 summer concert in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. This photo was taken during a dress rehearsal on Thursday, July 14, 2022. (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomed thousands of guests for an in-person performance Friday for the first time in two years.

Their annual summer concert was held July 15 at the Conference Center on Temple Square.

“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.”

The group was joined by guest artist and baritone Shea Owens, director of opera at Brigham Young University.

“The music and message of the concert (titled “Love Thy Neighbor: A Special Tabernacle Choir Event) will focus on the Savior’s second commandment to ‘love thy neighbor.’ We hope to help those watching and listening to feel closer to God, experience His love, and feel prompted to share that love with others,” Leavitt said.

Another concert is scheduled for Saturday night. You can attend in person, or stream it at 8 p.m. MT on the Choir’s YouTube channel, website, and on the Church’s broadcast page.

“In keeping with tradition, the July performance opens with songs and a short tribute to the Latter-day Saint pioneers to commemorate the 175th anniversary of their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley,” a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated.

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Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra performs annual summer concert after two-year break