The Mormon church's tradition of music, particularly vocal performance, is as strong as any. President Ronald Reagan dubbed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir "America's Choir." It counts Emmys and Grammys among its accomplishments and an extensive library of recordings.
Continuing in that great religious music tradition Saturday at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall was the Orange County Mormon Choral Organization, a local musical contingent of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
Hundreds of singers and an orchestra complemented the stage in Costa Mesa — which looked full and nearly to capacity — for "Beautiful Savior" at 2 and 7 p.m. The singers ranged from older adults to first-graders. They performed the whole concert impressively from memory, without the aid of sheet music.