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The Mormon Tabernacle ChoirA Biography$
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Michael Hicks

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039089

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.001.0001

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The Power of the Air

The Power of the Air

(p.62) Chapter 4 The Power of the Air
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Michael Hicks

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the activities of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under conductor Anthony Lund, with particular emphasis on its foray into broadcasting. In October 1915, the Salt Lake Telegram reported that Evan Stephens was being fired. A high Church committee, it said, had notified the First Presidency that it was time for Stephens to go in favor of a younger and presumably more flexible, less autocratic man. Lund was chosen as the new conductor, with Brigham Cecil Gates as his assistant. This chapter first considers Stephens's resignation as Choir conductor before describing Lund's initiatives for the Choir. It also looks at the Choir's repertoire and recordings as well as its television and radio broadcasts. Finally, it cites the appointment of Spencer Cornwall as Lund's successor.

Keywords:   radio, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Anthony Lund, Evan Stephens, Brigham Cecil Gates, repertoire, recordings, television, Spencer Cornwall, broadcasts

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