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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pioneer Day Concert and Broadcast by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Set for 22 July 2011


"The Church's Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert, held on July 22, will be broadcast via the Church satellite system, the Internet, and other media on July 23, 2011. Ticket registration for those wishing to attend the concert on July 22 in the Conference Center will begin on June 11 at 12:01 a.m.

"While paying tribute to those pioneers who left their homes and families to settle the West, this year’s celebration will focus on men and women who have served in the military.

"The Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform its signature “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and other patriotic, inspirational, and folk favorites.

"In addition to the musical tributes, a series of short video vignettes will tell the stories of commitment, loyalty, and heroism that so distinguish those who have served or are currently on duty in the armed forces.

"Video will be broadcast on on July 23, 2011, at 7 p.m. MDT, in American Sign Language, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. English audio will also be available at Television and radio broadcasts will be available in some parts of the world. Check local listings or visit or

"Local priesthood leaders will receive a schedule of available rebroadcast times, which will also be published on

"Registration for free tickets will open on the Internet at on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. and close on Monday, June 20, at 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access may register over the phone at (801) 570-0080 (local) or at 1-866-537-8457 (toll free)."


Anonymous said...

What does a United States military tribute, honoring World War and later heroes, have to do with our Pioneer Heritage? Did the Tabernacle Choir get the calendar mixed up with July 4 or Memorial Day?

Nothing could have been more jarring or inappropriate. Brother Brigham would turn over in his grave, along with thousands of our pioneer ancestors who risked everything, including their lives, to establish Zion.

Clark Herlin said...

This being the 10th year since the 9-11 attacks, the Choir wanted to have a patriotic theme, which actually would be approved by President Brigham Young. As we read in the Doctrine and Covenants, "According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles" (D&C 101:77), the United States Constitution has everything to do with the Pioneers. This is also why President Young allowed 500 Mormons to enlist in the Army during the Mexican War, thus creating the Mormon Battalion - so that the Constitution could be upheld, not to mention for the Church to receive much needed cash.

"Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39), saith the Savior. You should do likewise, seeing as you don't understand them.