The world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform in Brussels on July 11 at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts as part of their 2016 European Tour – their first visit to Europe in almost two decades. The tour also includes stops in Berlin, Nuremberg, Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, and Rotterdam from June 27 through July 16, 2016. The tour features 320 voices from the choir and 150 members of the Orchestra.
Choir president Ron Jarrett said one of his primary goals when he took the helm of the Choir in 2012 was to have the Choir perform internationally again. “Through social media we have been able to reach audiences far and wide. Now with this tour, we are thrilled that for the first time in nearly two decades international audiences will be able to enjoy the music of the Choir in person. With the challenges of today’s world, we are excited to share the joy and peace the music of the Choir brings, which knows no boundaries of age or nationality.”
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir first traveled to Europe on a seven-week concert tour in 1955. Since that first grand European tour, the Choir has toured there four other times: to western and central Europe in 1973, northern Europe in 1982, Eastern Europe in 1991, and southern Europe in 1998.
Choir member Carma Huggard lived in southern Belgium and is anxious to return. “I hope the music will touch the audience in ways they may not have experienced before, and will lift their spirits. I hope they will remember what they felt at our performances and have a desire to experience that feeling more frequently in their lives.”
The Brussels Times