Salt Lake City at sunset
Salt Lake City is unique, or maybe I mean its people are. Having brunch at a Dennyâ€™s, we were surrounded by tables full of men wearing white shirts and dark ties, earnestly discussing business. Downtown nobody has tattoos or piercings, dress is conservative.. Everybody is smiling, courteous, busy. The center of town is dominated by Temple Square and not by the State Courthouse. This is unquestionably a Mormon town. (I was surprised to find that a true Mormon restaurant doesnâ€™t serve wine, beer or coffee. Wine and beer I can understand but the ban on coffee mystifies me. . . .Iâ€™ve never done anything stupid under the influence of caffeine! Why coffee? )
There is a free tour of Temple Square which is interesting and a good introduction to the Mormons (The Latter Day Saints name is explained.
) However, we were interested this time in hearing the organ concert given daily at noon and 2 in the newly renovated Tabernacle. The recital lasts about Â½ hour and was an unusual mix of music played on the magnificent organ in the excellent acoustics of the Tabernacle. (At the beginning, the organists talks to the audience and can be clearly heard, even when he talks without a microphone with his back turned. You can also hear when he drops pins onto a wooden block.) The music choices ranged from Bach to a 1920 French composition which had to be for a silent movie. . . .including the heroine rescue finale.) The organ recital is a great thing to do and if youâ€™re lucky enough to be in Salt Lake City on a Thursday, the Choir recital should be mandatory attendance too.
the Mormon Tabernacle Organ
If you like genealogy, the Family History Center is also a must.