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PIPE ORGANS OF
TEMPLE SQUARE

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Alexander Schreiner Centennial Celebration

[Photo of Alexander Schreiner]
Alexander Schreiner

Alexander Schreiner, organist at the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle for over 50 years, was born in Nuremberg, Germany on July 31, 1901 and died in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 15, 1987 at the age of eighty-six.  To commemorate his long life which was marked by significant contributions to the art of organ playing, an "Alexander Schreiner Centennial Celebration" will be held on Temple Square on Saturday September 8, 2001.

All events are open to the general public and all except the banquet are free of charge.  The cost for the banquet is $20 per person, and reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, September 4.  (See below for further details.)

Since seating is limited at the lectures, the masterclass, and the screening, we also encourage those who plan to attend these particular events to call the Tabernacle Choir office at 801-240-4150 or send an e-mail to taborganREMOVE_THIS_SPAMGUARD@ldschurch.org, giving your name, the events you plan to attend, and the number of persons in your group.  There is no need to do so for any of the events in the Tabernacle.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 8, 2001
  • 8:00-9:45 a.m., Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Chapel (located on east side of mezzanine level): Organ masterclass by Dr. James Higdon, Professor of Organ, University of Kansas: "Organ Music of the French Romantic School."
  • 10:00-11:30 a.m., Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Relief Society Room (located on east side of mezzanine level): Lecture by Kenneth Udy, D.M.A.: "Alexander Schreiner: the California Years."  (Dr. Udy is the author of a book by the same name.)
  • 12:00-12:30 p.m., Tabernacle: Recital by John Longhurst, Tabernacle Organist.
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m., Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Relief Society Room (located on east side of mezzanine level): Lecture by Dan Berghout, D.M.A.: "Alexander Schreiner: the Salt Lake Tabernacle Years."  (Dr. Berghout's extensive doctoral dissertation on the life of Alexander Schreiner is scheduled to be published later this year in an expanded version by the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History.  Meanwhile, those interested may purchase copies of Dr. Berghout's dissertation through Dissertation Express.)
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m., Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Relief Society Room (located on east side of mezzanine level): Screening of three black & white documentaries filmed by KUED-TV in 1960, featuring Alexander Schreiner at the Tabernacle organ: "French Composers"; "A Program of Fugues"; "Romantic Composers."
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m., Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Bonneville Room (located on east side of main floor): Banquet.  Guests of honor will include members of the Schreiner family.  Cost of the dinner is $20 per person.  (Click here for menu.)  Reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, September 4, either by calling the Tabernacle Choir office at 801-240-4150, or by sending an e-mail to taborganREMOVE_THIS_SPAMGUARD@ldschurch.org.  Payment may be either mailed to the Tabernacle Choir office (personal checks or money orders only, please) or else may be made at the door just prior to the banquet (cash, personal checks or money orders only, please).  Checks should be made out to the Tabernacle Choir.  Those who prefer to mail in their payment should send it to the following address:
Attn.: Alexander Schreiner Centennial Celebration
c/o Tabernacle Choir
50 E. North Temple St., 20th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5510
  • 7:30-9:00 p.m., Tabernacle: Gala Organ Concert featuring current and former Tabernacle organ staff, as well as former students of Alexander Schreiner, performing works associated with Schreiner.  Performers will include Clay Christiansen, Rulon Christiansen, Robert Cundick, James Drake, Richard Elliott, Bonnie Goodliffe, Linda Margetts, James Welch, and Darwin Wolford.  Admission is free, but limited to persons eight years of age and older.
Sunday, September 9, 2001
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m., Tabernacle: "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with a tribute to Alexander Schreiner and his legacy to the choir.  (Doors open at approximately 8:30 a.m.; audience members must be seated by no later than 9:15 a.m.  Admission is free, but limited to persons eight years of age and older.

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(This page was last updated on 23 September 2003 )

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