The world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir headlined at Ravinia Saturday night. Our own Dan Ponce was invited to sing with the choir during soundcheck.
One of the most celebrated music experiences on the planet, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir produces a wall of sound so magnificent and at the same time subtle and graceful. 360 members strong, the choir and orchestra are all Mormon and all volunteer.
“Despite the fact that it’s volunteer, you have a lot of people here who have a very high level of musicianship,” said Bass Aaron Dalton.
Getting into the choir is extremely difficult. Hundreds of singers audition each year for only a handful of openings. The three-phase audition process lasts more than a year and begins with written exams testing music theory. The last phase is an in-person audition.
The choir also prides itself on a variety of repertoire.
“This choir has a remarkable capacity to transcend cultural boundaries and generational boundaries,” said Elder Cardon, First Quorum of the Seventy.
Aside from putting on a spectacular show featuring all kinds of music from Bach to Broadway, the choir is a proud ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
According to Tenor Shipley Munson, “Some people think there’s a veil that separates us from heaven, and when you’re exposed to this music, it’s like for a tiny second someone has taken a pin and make a tiny hole, and for a moment, you feel what it’s like.”