On Friday, 13 November 2009, the Church History Museum will host Music for an Autumn Evening, part of the “Evenings at the Museum” series. The evening will feature former Metropolitan Opera soprano Ariel Bybee, harpist Tamara Oswald, and flutist Jeannine Goeckeritz, with Lloyd D. Newell, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announcer and writer. Music for an Autumn Evening will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and is free to the public. No tickets are necessary.

“This is a unique opportunity for people to experience the Church History Museum like never before. Not only will they get to listen to the beautiful music of the Church, but they will also get to see and learn about historical musical artifacts that the museum houses,” says event chair Betsy Crane. The guest performers will link some of the original tunes sung by early Latter-day Saints to music sung in Church services today.

Ariel Bybee will perform a special program of hymns that appeared in Emma Smith’s hymnbook. She will sing some verses to their original tunes, and some to tunes that are contained in the current LDS hymnal. Lloyd Newell has been the voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for almost 20 years as the narrator of the weekly Music and the Spoken Word program. He will share his experiences working with the choir. Tamara Oswald and Jeannine Goeckeritz perform and tour with the Orchestra on Temple Square as the principal harpist and principal flutist. Together, they will play folk hymns and other early Church music.

Though everyone is invited to attend, the event is best suited for adults. For more information, log on to http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/museum