The Tabernacle, known for its perfect acoustics, is the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The 360 choir members practice Thursday afternoons and perform each Sunday.
When we arrived, the organist was practicing. Waves of light above the organ changed from blues to purples to reds. We even recognized the song: Simon and Garfunkle's "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme."
We had lunch at the Lion House, where Brigham Young once lived. We ate in what was the kitchen, a cafeteria now famous for its rolls (and they were very good!):
Returning to Temple Square, we were met by three young missionaries, one from the United States, one from Canada, and one from China. They were our guides when we returned to the Tabernacle and visited the Assembly Hall.
Returning to the Tabernacle, our guides did the "pin drop" for us, a demonstration designed to show the amazing acoustics of the Tabernacle. Without amplification, they gave a few brief statements about the building, and then dropped several pins and a nail. Every word they said was audible to the back rows of the building. The pins clinked loudly and clearly, and the nail practically thudded.
Then off to the Assembly Hall.
The Assembly Hall pews look like oak, and the pillars look like marble. Look is the operative word here -- they are neither. They were painstakingly painted that way, and the same is true for the Tabernacle (with the exception that most of the pews have now been replaced by actual oak).
We left our guides and headed off to see the Conference Center. It is huge. It holds over 21,000 people on the main floor and cantilevered balcony, plus the entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the stage.