James Higdon, professor of organ at the University of Kansas, will be the inaugural performer of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s new Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series this Friday, May 13, 2022.

Andrew Unsworth

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is launching a new evening concert series that will bring some of the world’s most renowned organists to perform in Utah’s historic Salt Lake Tabernacle.

The inaugural performer of the new Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series will be James Higdon, a professor of organ at the University of Kansas.

“I am really honored to be the first person,” Higdon told the Deseret News. “It’s special to play here.”

The recital is scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and does not require tickets.

The new Tabernacle Choir organ series

For more than a century, the Tabernacle Choir organists and guest organists have established a tradition of performing daily, 30-minute organ recitals during the noon hour.

With short recitals and limited attendance at the noon recitals, the Tabernacle Choir envisioned a new organ series with performances in the evenings and the ability to invite guest organists from around the world to come and play, said Andrew Unsworth, one of the Tabernacle organists.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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