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What’s this? Katherine Jenkins is joining the Mormons

From today’s Mormon Newsroom:


British Singing Sensation Katherine Jenkins to Perform with Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Renowned Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins will be the featured performer at this year’s “Joy of Song” annual Pioneer Day Concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Friday, 20 July, and Saturday, 21 July….

The concert will open with a salute to the Mormon pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley. The concert repertoire will then feature a variety of music showcasing the versatility of both Miss Jenkins and the choir and orchestra, including songs from the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen, conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir. Interspersed with the musical numbers will be multimedia presentations of well-known personalities discussing the joy they find in music.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Katherine Jenkins lend her extraordinary talent to this concert, which carries on a 170-year-old tradition of the Church’s dedication to the cultural arts,” said Mac Christensen, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In plain English, she’s celebrating the religion of the Republican candidate.

Can anyone figure out why?


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  1. Eric Benjamin says:

    Nah, has nothing to do with Romney. It’s a gig. Lots of big names have performed with the LSD…uh…LDS Tab Choir without endorsing anything or anyone. They’re doing Hollywood and Broadway selections – I wonder if they use anything from “Book of Mormon”? For Salt Lake City and for the Tabernacle, it’s a summer tourist draw and a special to put out on public television for airing during pledge drives (why I stay right away from pledge drives.).

  2. Laurence Glavin says:

    Demoratic Party Senate President Harry Reid is also a member of the LDS. That being said, I wonder if the sponsors of this event will mention the Mountain Meadows Massacre? (Look it up on Google)

  3. John Koen says:


  4. richard carlisle says:

    End of July political polls will be interesting…

  5. Alberto Martinez says:

    I can´t figure why , but will read Sarte complete works to solve the mistery ;)

  6. V Hughes says:

    Perhaps because she is choosing instead to celebrate the religion of the US Senate’s Democratic Leader? (Sen. Reid)

  7. Most Mormons are Republicans, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the formal name of the Mormon church) explicitly forbids political discussion on church property at any time, except for a few social issues (homosexual marriage, the Equal Rights Amendment). It never endorses any candidate or party at any time.

    It’s the Catholic Church that’s politically active, denouncing candidates it doesn’t like from the pulpit and trying to influence social policy aggressively and constantly.

    That said, Jenkins could be a liberal and an aheist and still sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which has never been involved in political advocacy. Just as singing with the Westminster Abby choir does not state or imply any necesary association with Anglican beliefs and practices.

    If you want to pick on someone in the arts who is doing bad things politically, pick on actress Jenny McCarthy, whose campaign against vaccinations had done a good deal of social harm.

  8. Maybe because neither the singer nor the candidate are what they claim to be?

  9. They often have non-Mormon guests for their Pioneer Day concert as a celebration of music and unity. They’re a tremendous choir. Broadway is a common theme. I think Pioneer Day is actually a celebration of the founding of Utah, not something religious.

    But I have a problem with this idea of performing with the MTC as “celebrating” the religion of the R candidate. By that standard, every performance during a religious holiday becomes a political litmus test. What if there were a Jewish candidate and a Catholic candidate? Would singers have to avoid Christmas concerts for fear of being associated with the Catholic candidate?

  10. paul myers says:

    Don’t be too hard on the choir. They are very good. I made records with both Frederica von Stade and Kirit Te Kanawa with them and the Utah Symphony. They have a long list of successful recordings on Columbia.

    I also realized an ambition there. The conductor for von Stade (Joseph Silverstein, ex Boston) wanted to start the concert with an overture. We chose Brahms’ Academic Festival and, when the big moment arrived, 320 Mormons (count ‘em!) sang ‘Gaudeamus igitur …’

    Unfortunately, the timing on the record would have involved paying for an extra session!

  11. They fully deserve each other!

  12. It’s probably just another “reflectorical spasm”….

  13. Maybe he’s short a wife

  14. Diane Ellis says:

    I would love to know if Katherine Jenkins would be performing closer to Reno, NV. What a marvelous singer and she has inspired me dearly. In fact, I am taking lessons in Voice.

    Maybe some one would have her calendar schedule. I would travel to Utah, but at that time I will be in Anchorage, Alaska with my husband.

    Thank you and I hope to get some information about Katherine Jenkin music schedule.

    Diane Ellis

  15. Who is this Katherine Jenkins you’re all talking about?
    Is she any relation to Florence Foster Jenkins?

  16. If you are good and you perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you are glorifying them and therefore contributing to the proselytizing into which they put so much energy. That choir is part of their missionary work — it is not just one of your average local town church choirs.

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