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CHOIR EMBARKS ON 8-COUNTRY TOUR

The Tabernacle Choir departs Saturday, June 8, for a 21-day tour that will include 12 concerts in 11 cities in eight countries.

Featured on the tour are 315 singers, who will be accompanied by staff, technicians and some spouses.Traveling with the singers will be choir president Wendell Smoot, choir director Jerold Ottley, associate director Donald Ripplinger and organists Robert Cundick, John Longhurst and Richard Elliott.

Concert dates, halls and cities are:

June 10 - Alte Opera, Frankfurt, Germany

June 11 - Palais des Congres, Strasbourg, France

June 13 - Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

June 15 - State Opera, Budapest, Hungary

June 17 - Musikverein, Vienna, Austria

June 18 - Smetana Hall, Prague, Czechoslovakia

June 19 - Kuturpalast, Dresden, Germany

June 20 - Schauspielhaus, Berlin, Germany (two performances)

June 22 - Opera House, Warsaw, Poland

June 24 - Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, USSR

June 27 - Philharmonic Hall, Leningrad, USSR

The concerts in the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria will be the first for the choir in those countries.

The choir will return to Salt Lake City June 29.