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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s ultimate musical tribute to the life and mission of Joseph Smith and the Restoration. Joined by the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Choir presents matchless performances of newly recorded songs.

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“An Angel from on High”

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Text: Parley P. Pratt
Arrangement: John E. Tullidge

Music and the Spoken Word

“Give Me a Calm and Thankful Heart”
Feb 15, 2009, Broadcast #4145

Abraham Lincoln believed that music can restore the soul. And during the turbulent years of his presidency, his soul often needed restoring. He regularly attended concerts, operas and musical theater, seeking comfort and inspiration.

A Civil War music scholar noted that President Lincoln “would not always listen to what was being played or even be conscious of it, for much of the time he would be too preoccupied—or distracted—by matters ever pressing for attention. Yet there would be times when he would hear and would listen, times when he would be deeply thrilled and deeply moved, times when he could relax and be soothed by the familiar tunes, times when he would make requests for particular pieces, times when he would compliment the players, times when he would be sustained, and times when he would be brought to tears.”

Thankfully, none of us has to face Abraham Lincoln’s daunting pressures and challenges. Our times are different, our challenges unique. But we all have our own reasons to need the strength and renewal that good music can offer—whether we’re trying break a bad habit, mend a relationship, raise a family, or just find personal peace. One of Lincoln’s favorite hymns, written by Anne Steele 100 years before the Civil War, illustrates well how inspired music can restore “a calm and thankful heart” to anyone who is seeking peace:

Father, whate’er of earthly bliss
Thy sovereign will denies,
Accepted at Thy throne, let this
My humble prayer, arise:
Give me a calm and thankful heart,
From every murmur free;
The blessing of Thy grace impart,
And make me live to Thee.
Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine
My life and death attend,
Thy presence through my journey shine,
And crown my journey’s end..”

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Coming Up This Week. . .

February 22, 2009

Conductor: Mack Wilberg and Ed Thompson
Organist: Clay Christiansen

Program will include:
Glory to God on High”
Composer: Felice de Giardini
Lyrics: James Allen
Arrangement: John Longhurst

“Glory to God in the Highest”
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

“Pavane” from Rythmic Suite (organ solo)
Composer: Robert Elmore

“Psalm 100”
Composer: Heinz Werner Zimmerman
Lyrics: Scripture

“Lead Kindly Light”1
Composer: John B. Dykes
Lyrics: John Henry Newman
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Ride the Chariot
Arrangement: Wm. Henry Smith

“From All that Dwell below the Skies”
Composer: John Hatton
Lyrics: Isaac Watts
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

1 From the album Then Sings My Soul

Repertoire subject to change for production and timing reasons.  This is the repertoire for the live broadcast.  Repertoire may differ in markets where the broadcast is shown tape delayed.  To listen to this repertoire on Sunday, February 22, click here >

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