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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Conductor Mack Wilberg directs as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel's "Messiah" in the Tabernacle, Friday, April 18, 2014. This is the event that "sold out" of free tickets in 7.5 minutes.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs 'Messiah'
First Published Apr 18 2014 10:11 pm • Last Updated Apr 18 2014 10:16 pm

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed Handel’s "Messiah" in the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle on Easter weekend. Even with competition from Comic Con a couple of blocks away, the oratorio was one of the hottest tickets in town: The free passes were

snapped up within 7 ½ minutes of becoming available.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents Handel’s unabridged “Messiah.”

With » Orchestra at Temple Square, conductor Mack Wilberg, soprano Melissa Heath, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Brian Stucki and baritone Kyle Ketelsen

When » Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where » Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square

Running time » 2 ½ hours, including two brief pauses

Tickets » The free tickets have been distributed, but there will be a standby line at the Temple Square flagpole. In addition, the concert will be simulcast at two nearby venues: the Conference Center Theater and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building’s Legacy Theater.

Watch at home » Friday’s performance will be streamed live at mormontabernaclechoir.org/messiah and available on demand at youtube.com/mormontabchoir thereafter until 11:59 p.m. Monday.

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If you weren’t among the lucky 5,600 or so who got tickets, there are other ways to experience the choir’s first performances of the complete oratorio in recent memory. Overflow seating with live broadcast is available in the nearby Conference Center and Joseph Smith Memorial Building. And Friday’s performance is available on demand on YouTube through Easter weekend. In addition, the choir will release a recording early next year.

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