The Tabernacle Choir Blog

How COVID-19 Impacts The Tabernacle Choir Organization

This webpage is updated as new information. becomes available. The date in parentheses indicates the publication date of the COVID-necessitated changes.  This information is as of Friday, May 8. 

Consistent with the direction provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to postpone large public gatherings in areas challenged by the COVID-19 virus, The Tabernacle Choir organization has cancelled concerts and made changes to its public broadcasts and rehearsals:

The 2020 Heritage Tour has been postponed until 2021. More details will be published in a few weeks. (April 30)

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, originally scheduled to tour six cities in four Nordic countries and the United Kingdom from June 25 - July 16, 2020, has been postponed until 2021. The 2021 performances will be in all the same cities planned for the original tour. Further information about revised dates and ticket information will be published later. Until that time, patrons are asked not to contact the concert venues until further details are available.

The Pre-Tour concert scheduled for June 11, 2020, is cancelled. (May 8)

The public concert by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square scheduled prior to their tour departure has been cancelled for this year.

The Bells at Temple Square Spring Concert scheduled for June 12, 2020, is cancelled. (May 8)

The public spring concert by the Bells at Temple Square has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The Restoration Concert scheduled for May 29, 30, 2020, has been cancelled. (May 8)

The concert by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration will not be held.

Music & the Spoken Word: Special encore performances will be broadcast. (March 13)

Since Sunday, March 15, 2020, live broadcasts originating from Temple Square have not being held. Special encore broadcasts, previously recorded, are being streamed and broadcast each week at the regularly scheduled time 9:30 a.m. mountain on Sunday mornings.

Spring Chorale and Orchestra Concert, March 20–21, 2020, is cancelled. (March 13)

The public spring concert by the Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square Chorale has been cancelled.

Choir and Orchestra Concert of Handel’s Messiah is cancelled; Stream Still Airs. (March 13)

The live event scheduled in the Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, April 10–11, has been cancelled. However, the previously recorded 2018 Messiah concert by the Choir and Orchestra with world-class soloists was streamed over the internet on April 10 as previously scheduled.

This permitted a performance of this beloved oratorio—an Easter tradition for so many—to be available in homes and areas where public events can still be held. More information to come on tabchoir.org/Messiah

It is anticipated that the biennial tradition of Handel’s Messiah performances by the Choir and Orchestra and guest soloists will resume at Eastertime in 2021.

Weekly Choir Rehearsals Not Being Held. (March 13)

The Thursday Choir rehearsals in the Tabernacle are not being held.  

Weekly Bells Rehearsals Not Being Held. (March 13)

The Wednesday Bells rehearsals in the Tabernacle are not being held.

Daily Organ Recitals Cancelled. (March 13)

The daily organ recitals in the Tabernacle will be temporarily suspended beginning on Sunday, March 15th until further notice.