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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir : A Biography

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A first-of-its-kind history, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir tells the epic story of how an all-volunteer group founded by persecuted religious outcasts grew into a multimedia powerhouse synonymous with the mainstream and with Mormonism itself. Drawing on decades of work observing and researching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Michael Hicks examines the personalities, decisions, and controversies that shaped "America's choir." Here is the miraculous story behind the Tabernacle's world-famous acoustics, the anti-Mormonism that greeted early tours, the clashes with Church leaders over repertoire and presentation, the radio-driven boom in popularity, the competing visions of rival conductors, and the Choir's aspiration to be accepted within classical music even as Mormons sought acceptance within American culture at large. Everything from Billboard hits to TV appearances to White House performances paved the way for Mormonism's crossover triumph. Yet, as Hicks shows, such success raised fundamental concerns regarding the Choir's mission, functions, and image.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 544.31g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252039084
  • 9780252039089

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"This engagingly written book not only charts the history of an American institution, but also creatively uses the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (TM)s biography to illuminate two centuries of US cultural and religious history."--Todd Kerstetter, author of God's Country, Uncle Sam's Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West "An invaluable retelling of one of America's most vibrant and important musical institutions."--Eric Whitacre "This fascinating, honest account should find many eager readers among the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's millions of fans. Michael Hicks combines the accuracy of a fine historian with the sensitivity of a judicious music critic."--Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848show more

About Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks is a professor of music at Brigham Young University and the author of Mormonism and Music: A History and Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions .show more

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