Exhibit celebrates 150th anniversary of Salt Lake Tabernacle organ

Friday , May 19, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

SALT LAKE CITY — A new exhibit titled “The Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ: Celebrating 150 Years!” is on display at the Church History Museum.

On Oct. 6, 1867, the newly constructed pipe organ made its debut during the general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a news release from the church.

“In the 150 years following, the Tabernacle organ has served as the iconic backdrop for meetings and events broadcast throughout the world, as well as influencing Latter-day Saint music, culture and worship,” said the release.

The exhibit includes one of the historic organ consoles, artifacts relating to the construction of the instrument, personal items from past organists and a kiosk offering insight into the thoughts and performances of organists. A history timeline helps put the organ and its legacy in context with world events. A kiosk gives visitors 

“At the Church History Museum, we want to provide opportunities for visitors to connect to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the growing spiritual, artistic and cultural legacies of its people,” said Museum Director Alan D. Johnson. 

The exhibit will be open to the public until April 2018. The museum is at 45 N. West Temple in Salt Lake City.

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