Tabernacle Choir expected to perform first ‘urban’ number in its history

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SALT LAKE CITY — Music Director Mack Wilberg is breaking from his musical comfort zone with a scheduled performance at the conference of the Oakland California Stake at the end of December. What is sure to be seen as an unusual appearance by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, is being billed by some as an outreach to a more urban population.

President Jamal Richardson, of the Oakland, California Stake, indicates that listeners can expect more urban mixes from our beloved choir. In a nod to Gladys Knight and The Saints Unified Voices at the Be One celebration in the summer of 2018, attendees will be serenaded with two Bay Area lyrical masterminds: Del the Funky Homosapien and Keak Da Sneak, known for coining the term ‘hyphy’ in the mid 90s. Inspired by the local underground rap scene, it will surely be a performance to remember.

Brother Sneak miraculously survived multiple gunshot wounds in 2017, and has been seen at various church events since then. Members from the Oakland area are invited to come and encouraged to bring a friend or neighbor.

Attendees are reminded that this session has been specifically prepared for local members, and as such should not make or keep any recordings.

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