“Tabernacle Choir, Mormon Symphony and Chorus to Hail U.S. Constitution,” Ensign, Aug. 1987, 76
The Tabernacle Choir and the Mormon Symphony and Chorus will perform separately in several events commemorating the U. S. Constitution Bicentennial.
The Tabernacle Choir will be featured September 17 in a CBS television special celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of the U. S. Constitution.
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, and Warren E. Burger, a former Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court who is chairman of the Bicentennial Commission, will attend the celebration.
The program, “We the People 200,” will be televised from the thirteen-thousand-seat Convention Hall in Philadelphia. The observance is being staged for the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.
The program will be broadcast beginning at 9:00 P.M. EDT, and will open with the Tabernacle Choir singing a special arrangement of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Several other numbers will also be performed by the choir, including a musical setting of the Preamble to the Constitution. At the conclusion of the program, the choir will join in a finale being composed by Barry Manilow.
The 350-member Mormon Symphony and Chorus is representing the state of Utah in U. S. Constitution Bicentennial activities underway in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
The week-long concert tour was announced by Elder Paul H. Dunn, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and managing director of the symphony and chorus.
The group will present formal concerts the evenings of Monday, July 27, in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and Thursday, July 30, in Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum, New York City. The concerts begin at 8:30 P.M.
Free, informal daytime concerts are scheduled for 10:30 A.M. Sunday, July 26, in Washington’s National Cathedral; at 12:00 noon Wednesday, July 29, in Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell Pavilion in the Independence National Historical Park; and at 1:30 P.M. Friday, July 31, in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Mormon Symphony and Chorus members, who range in age from eighteen to thirty, have appeared in several Public Broadcasting Service television specials, as well as on network and cable television.