KENSINGTON, Maryland —The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Exhibit is now showing at the Washington D. C. Temple Visitors’ Center in Kensington. Displays include wardrobe, awards, history, leadership, tour highlights, and “Music and the Spoken Word.” A listening kiosk allows visitors to select from ten representative songs by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The exhibit will run through November 1, 2007.
The exhibit showcases the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s history and includes interactive displays, past choir costumes, awards, and a music listening station. In the years since their first tours in the 1890s, the Choir has toured nationally and internationally numerous times and solidified its reputation as one of the great choirs in the world. It has sung the royalty and world leaders as well as refugees and the poverty-stricken.
On September 11, 2001, the choir sang in a televised devotional to bring peace to a grieving nation that had just lost thousands of its own in a few hours earlier.
The 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith.
Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Choir has appeared at 13 world’s fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events.
Five of the Choir’s recordings have achieved “gold record” status, and two have achieved “platinum record” status. The most popular was the Grammy-Award-winning 1959 release of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
This event is free of charge and the public is cordially invited. The Washington D. C. Temple Visitors’ Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily and is located at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland 20895. For further information and directions, call 301/587-0144.