The organ staff and guest organists perform 30-minute recitals in the Tabernacle from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday recitals will be performed from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle.
The impressive pipe organ is a symbol of the importance Latter-day Saints place on worshipping God through music.The Tabernacle organ has an interesting history. President Brigham Young asked Joseph Harris Ridges, who was born and raised near an organ factory in England, to build the first Tabernacle organ. Suitable timber was located and brought by volunteers from the Parowan and Pine Valley mountains, 300 miles south of Salt Lake City. In the beginning, the organ was powered by hand-pumped bellows, later by water power, and today by electricity. With improved techniques in organ construction, the instrument has been renovated and enlarged several times. Now comprising 11,623 pipes, the organ has 206 sets of pipes (ranks) of voices, and the console has 5 manuals, or keyboards. The Tabernacle organ is considered to be one of the finest organs in the world.
The organ in the Conference Center was built in 2000-2003 by Schoenstein & Co. of San Francisco. This organ of the American Romantic style employs a symphonic tonal approach with the richness and warmth characteristic of English instruments. Although designed primarily to provide colorful and varied accompaniment, the organ also renders the solo repetoire beautifully. A five-manual console controls the 7,708 pipes of its 130 ranks, which are spread across seven divisions.
Tabernacle Organ Recitals
50 N Temple, Salt Lake City
I begin my downtown Salt Lake City walk after parking at 4th South & Main. It’s a beautiful sunny January day!
Some interesting architecture to see along Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah
LDS Church Office Building in Temple Square
Is that a halo?
LDS Temple, such a marvelous work of wonder
Angle Moroni blowing his horn!
Statue of Brigham Young
A beautiful pond in front of the Temple
Bare Tree January Beauty
LDS Conference Center, walking along North Temple now
Water fountain at LDS Conference Center
Walking through Temple Square
Mormon Tabernacle where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs
The Music and the Spoken Word broadcast will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Visitors are welcome to come and hear the inspiring music in the historic Tabernacle located on Temple Square. The choir’s weekly radio program, Music and the Spoken Word, first aired on 15 July 1929 and has since become the world’s longest-running network broadcast.
The Temple Square Christmas lights and concerts are an annual tradition and a top favorite for many Utah locals. The lights are turned on each year the day after Thanksgiving holiday and remain on through New Year’s Day. During these evenings, Temple Square is usually aglow with over one million lights, musical performances and holiday cheer.
November 26, 2021–January 1, 2022
5–10 pm & 6 am–7:30 am
Christmas on Temple Square
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
50 North Temple, Salt Lake City
Enjoy free, informal, hour-long concerts at beautiful Brigham Young Historic Park on Tuesday and Friday evenings throughout June, July, and August. All ages are welcome. Limited seating is provided; blankets and lawn chairs are allowed.
The Brigham Young Historic Park is on the southeast corner of State Street and 2nd Avenue (North Temple), one block east of Temple Square.
If the weather is bad, concerts will be held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. For more information, call 1-801-240-3323.
Brigham Young Historic Park
50 West North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150 (801) 240-3323