Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform at Trump inauguration
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23 December, 2016

"We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president", said Ron Jarrett, the president of the choir, on the church's website.

The choir has also performed for five additional presidents.

Epshteyn said that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be performing at the swearing-in ceremony. President George H.W. Bush called the choir "a national treasure" during his swearing-in ceremony in front of the Capitol in 1989.

Despite the rich tradition of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing at presidential inaugurations, the news is surprising given the fact that the majority of Mormons were against Trump during his campaign.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's last inauguration appearance was in 2001 for President George W. Bush.

The choir's participation could make it a target for complaints by Trump opponents, who threatened to boycott future concerts by Andrea Bocelli if he performed at the inauguration. According to the Post, Canadian musician David Foster turned down an offer because he didn't want to anger friends who voted for Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post.

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Trump previously picked America's Got Talent star Jackie Evancho to sing the national anthem at his January 20 inauguration. Evancho became a reality TV star at age 10 as a contestant on "America's Got Talent".

According to the Utah Colleges Exit Poll, which surveyed thousands of voters in the Beehive State, Trump managed to win support from fewer than 45 percent of Mormon voters - barely half of Mitt Romney's performance with the voting bloc and 30 points lower than John McCain received in 2008.

The volunteer choir will send 360 members to Washington D.C. They previously have performed for George H.W. Bush (1989), Richard M. Nixon (1969) and Lyndon B. Johnson (1965).

Trump Jr. took a one-hour tour of Temple Square in September with Gentry Beach, a Dallas investor who was a key Trump fundraiser, and Mark Geist, a Marine who was part of the annex security team in Benghazi, Libya, when the USA government facility was attacked in 2012.

This isn't the choir's first time singing at a president's swearing in ceremony, the release says. However, an official from the inauguration committee denied the report.


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