America's Choir: A Commemorative Portrait of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Dubbed "America's Choir" by President Ronald Regan, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will celebrate 75 years if continual broadcast in July 2004. From its earliest beginning, just a few months after the pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, to its prestige as a world-renowned choir courted by concert halls in the most sophisticated cities across the globe, the Choir has a unique and fascinating story, now told in words and images by author Heidi S. Swinton and on film by Lee Groberg. As composer John Williams has said, "These are people who are there for the joy of music." America's Choir is their story.

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Heidi S. Swinton is the author of numerous books, articles, and historical accounts, including the award-winning PBS documentary "American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith". She graduated from the University of Utah and also attended the Medill Graduate School of Journalism. She and her husband, Jeffrey, have four sons.

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In July, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will celebrate a record-breaking 75 years of continual broadcast. This commemorative coffee-table book explores the history of the choir, which rose from humble beginnings among the 1847 pioneers and has become one of the most highly regarded choral groups in the world. More than 200 images complement the text, many of them in color. Although Swinton sometimes engages in gushing hyperbole, she is an excellent storyteller, teasing from the history some unforgettable stories. Excellent sidebars throughout the book explain elements of the choir’s music and mission-from the famous batons of the choir’s conductors and the changes in its costumes through the decades to the choir’s bestselling recordings and various international tours. The book is a companion volume to a documentary film by Lee Groberg that is narrated by Walter Cronkite.
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