We are pleased to announce that Michael Hicks, author of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (published by the University of Illinois), will be here on Wednesday, March 18th to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here at 5:30 PM to sign and will begin speaking at 6:00. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
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.
“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, 1815–1848
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. His historical and analytical articles have appeared in books such as the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to Mormonism. His chamber and solo works have been performed and recorded by BYU’s University Singers, Concert Choir, and Group for New Music (which he founded in 1987) as well as by other performers around the country.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography. University of Illinois, 2015. 248pp. Hardback. $29.95.
Also by Michael Hicks: Mormonism and Music: A History. University of Illinois, 2003. 280pp. Paperback. $22.95.
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