March 7, 2018
Writer: Brett Crandall
The Brigham Young University-Idaho Collegiate Singers will perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday, March 18 at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.
"We are always thrilled and grateful to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," said Randall Kempton, director of the BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers. "It is a great honor to be invited."
The Collegiate Singers will join the Tabernacle Choir in their weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The group will perform two pieces alone: the spiritual "I Got a Key" and "Prayer" by Rene Clausen; and two pieces with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra: "I Feel My Savior's Love" and "O Clap Your Hands" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
As one of the premier off-campus performing choirs at BYU-Idaho, Collegiate Singers is comprised of some of the finest vocalists on campus. With 40 singers, the group provides audiences an exciting experience with a wide variety of musical styles and periods.
The Collegiate Singers generally tour every other year in addition to many on- and off-campus performances. In 2017, in addition to their regular concert series, the Collegiate Singers toured Wyoming. To date this year, they have hosted a high school festival and performed Dona nobis pacem with the Symphony Orchestra. Later, the men of the choir will sing at the Priesthood Session of General Conference.
Music and the Spoken Word is a live broadcast featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which airs every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Music and the Spoken Word has become the world's longest-running continuous network broadcast and is carried on more than 2,000 radio and television stations and cable systems. It has been broadcast from locations across the country and around the world. Locally, the live broadcast can be seen on BYU Television, available on CableOne channel 13, Dish Network channel 9403, and DirecTV channel 374. It will also be available live on BYU-Idaho Radio 94.3 FM and 91.5 FM.
The Mormon Tabernacle consists of 360 members from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. 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 "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with the Philadelphia Orchestra.