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George and Olive
Osmond were faithful members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS Church).
All of their children are also active members of the LDS Church.
In July 2008, the Osmonds united in song
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchastra at Temple Square in Salt
Lake City, Utah. Below are selected photos and a news article from the
News about their concert.
Carma Wadley, Deseret News, July 26, 2008. Photos by Tom Smart.
the Osmond family as special guests, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra
at Temple Square are celebrating Pioneer Day just as it should be: with
joy, exuberance, nostalgia, inspiration and love.
a concert Friday night, one tonight and a special "Music and the
Spoken Word" program on Sunday, they are honoring pioneers, paying
tribute to family and celebrating faith.
concert features a selection of favorite American folk hymns, including
Mack Wilberg's stirring arrangements of "They, the Builders of the
Nation," "Bound for the Promised Land," "Down to the
River to Pray" and "Shenandoah."
Osmonds Wayne, Alan, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy
performed a selection of their top hits, including "Down by the Lazy
River," "One Bad Apple" and "Yo-Yo," as well
as several of their inspirational songs: "Let Me In," "Are
You up There/I Believe" and "He Ain't Heavy."
and Marie do a selection of their hits, as well. Donny also sings a tender
song he wrote for a missionary son, "Whenever You're in Trouble,"
and Marie joins the choir for a beautiful version of "How Great Thou
career-honoring "Through the Years" brought the audience to
its feet and tears to the eyes on Friday night. As did the final "Come,
Come Ye Saints," when the Osmonds and the choir joined voices for
one more testimony of faith.
concert represents the final step of the Osmonds' worldwide tour celebrating
50 years in show business, and it will be the final onstage appearance
for several of the brothers.
a press conference earlier on Friday, members of the family talked about
that milestone and about what it means to them to return to where it all
a tender time, said Marie. Even though she and Donny will keep performing
a long-term Las Vegas engagement starts Sept. 9 and some
of the other brothers will continue to work and entertain, "it will
be our last show as a family."
all talked about the importance of their family. As the only girl, "I've
done a good job with them, don't you think?" joked Marie. But on
a more serious note, she continued, "they are wonderful men. The
best. They love God. They love their wives. They love each other. They
love their faith. They say good men are hard to find, but I've got eight
of them right here."
had to like each other growing up," added Donny with a laugh. "Of
course, we got on each others' nerves now and then. Families do that.
And then you throw show business into the mix. But family means everything.
That belief stems from our parents' teachings. They taught us how important
family is forever."
have all worked together and taken pride in each others' accomplishments.
One special moment comes to mind from the recent worldwide tour, Donny
were at Wembley Arena in England, and it was packed. I watched my brothers
perform a group of songs from their album 'The Plan.' They were doing
the rock 'n' roll show they've always wanted to do, and the place went
wild. That was so great."
choir and orchestra also are excited about working with the family. "We're
delighted," said Wilberg, director of the choir. "The Osmonds
belong to the world, but they've always had a special connection to those
in this area. Tonight we will all be doing the things that we do well."
dream come true, is how Jimmy describes the occasion. "We've been
overwhelmed with the response. This is the crown jewel in our tour. We're
thrilled to be coming home."
be with the choir for a Pioneer Day concert means a lot, the Osmonds said.
They talked about their own pioneer heritage ancestors on both
their father's and mother's sides came to Utah and Idaho with the Mormon
the recent tour, they performed a concert in Cardiff, Wales. "We
were there to dedicate a hospital as part of the Children's Miracle Network
our mother started," said Jimmy. "And we found out that our
great-great-great-grandfather had been a doctor in that very village."
the concert will mean an end of some things, and even though the family
is getting older, "we are at a beautiful time in our lives,"
is really the culmination of everything we've done," said Donny.
"It will be the end for some. Could there be a better place for that
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