SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — November on Temple Square brings a plethora of exciting performances in the Assembly Hall and the Tabernacle, as well as a music theater production (“Savior of the World”) in the Conference Center Theater.
Christmas lights and Christmas music throughout Temple Square start the latter part of the month. Some events are limited to those eight years of age and older, although other events are for adults and children of all ages. All events are free, with the exception of “Savior of the World.”
Friday, November 5 — The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir will sing in concert in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Erin Pike Tall, this community choir will present a diverse program of spirituals, folk songs, hymns, and show tunes. The Salt Lake Symphonic Choir has presented more than 900 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, and Armenia during its 60-plus years of performing. This concert is open to ages eight and older.
Saturday, November 6 — Pianist Hilary Demske will present a recital in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Pieces will include Robert Schumann’s Four Marches, Op. 76; Carl Nielsen’s Quintet for Winds, Op. 43; and Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments. The concert will also feature the Alpine Chamber Winds. Dr. Demske has studied at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. Ages eight and older are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, November 9 — Organist Andrus Madsen will play both the organ and the harpsichord in a recital in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Works by Johann Pachelbel and Johann Jakob Forberger, and several improvisations by the performer will be featured. Mr. Madsen has a degree in organ performance from Brigham Young University and degrees in musicology and in harpsichord performance from the Eastman School of Music. Open to ages eight and older.
Friday, November 12 — Award-winning harpists Nicole Brubaker Brady and Maria Watkins Phippin will perform in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Pieces include Handel’s Prelude and Toccata, Bach’s Prelude from Violin Partita no. 3, McheDelov’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini, and Salzedo’s Suite of Eight Dances. This concert is open to ages eight and older.
Saturday, November 13 — An “Evening of Opera” will take place in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m., featuring opera singers Barry Bounous, Elaine Carr Brewster, Ariel Bybee, Clara Hurtado Lee, Laura Garff Lewis, J. Arden Hopkin, and Stanford Olsen. They will be accompanied by Denise Farrington. Guest narrator will be Utah’s most distinguished opera singer, JoAnn Ottley. Ensemble pieces and arias from operas Lakme, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Kismet, Cosi fan tutte, Rigoletto, Russalka, Hoffman, and Barber of Seville will be performed. This 90-minute concert will be the final in a series commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the Temple Square concert series. Tickets are not needed. The concert is open to ages eight and older.
Friday, November 19 —The Bells on Temple Square will present a Christmas concert in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. They are under the direction of Tom Waldron. Tickets are required. For ticket information, please call 801-570-0080 or visit www.lds.org/events.
Friday, November 19 to January 1, Tuesdays through Saturdays —The heralded “Savior of the World” musical production will be performed in the Conference Center Theater at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m. The musical features scriptural accounts of the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Tickets are $8:00 for evening performances and $5:00 for matinee performances. For ticket information, call 801-570-0080 or visit www.lds.org/events. The performances are open to ages eight and older.
Saturday, November 20 — A “Families Making Music” concert featuring pianists Hilary, Natalie, Jessica, and Gabrial Coombs will take place in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Classical pieces for piano by Mozart, Debussy, Liszt, Faure, Ravel, Stravinsky, and others will be performed by siblings who are each award-winning pianists in their own right. Hilary Coombs is an active concert artist and has completed a master of music degree from The Juilliard School. This concert is open to ages eight and older.
Friday, November 26 — Christmas lights on Temple Square are turned on between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. No concerts will be held this evening.
Saturday, November 27 — The Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Utah Premiere Brass will open the “Christmas on Temple Square” 2010 season with a special concert in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. Selections from John Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicolas cantata will be featured. The program will also include traditional Christmas carols. Tickets are required. For free tickets, call 801-570-0080 or visit www.lds.org/events . The concert is open to all ages.
November 27 to December 26 — Christmas music on Temple Square: 40-minute performances presented by high school, college, and community choral groups will take place at various locations throughout Temple Square. These are free and open to all ages. For a schedule of Christmas concerts and events, please visit www.lds.org/events and click on Temple Square Performances or visit www.lds.org/calendar.
In addition, 30-minute organ recitals are held in the Tabernacle weekdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Also, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals are open to the public in the Tabernacle on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m., as is “Music and the Spoken Word” on Sundays featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. 30-minute broadcast.