The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the grandiose 360-member singing group known for its lofty renditions of patriotic and religious music, will perform at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration next month.
The Salt Lake City-based choir, whose weekly performances are broadcast on TV stations across the country, has performed at five previous presidential inaugurations: the swearing-in ceremonies of Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and George H.W. Bush; and in the parades of both Bushes and Ronald Reagan, according to the choir.
Mormons opposed Trump’s candidacy for president more than any other traditionally conservative religious groups. Ordinarily strong supporters of Republican candidates — 80 percent of Mormons voted for George W. Bush in 2004, and 78 percent voted for fellow Mormon Mitt Romney in 2012 — far fewer Mormons voted for Trump.
According to an exit poll, 61 percent of Mormons picked Trump, and 25 percent voted for Hillary Clinton. A large number voted for third-party candidates, especially Evan McMullin, a Mormon and a former CIA agent who mounted a last-minute independent bid.
A spokesman for the Mormon church said no one involved in the choir would discuss their performance plans Thursday morning. But in a statement on the church’s website, the president of the choir, Ron Jarrett, said, “Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president.”
For a preview of what to expect in next month’s inauguration, here’s a video of the choir singing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for Reagan during his inaugural parade: