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REPAINTING OF CEILING TO CLOSE TABERNACLE

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Repainting of the domed ceiling of the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square will require closure of the historic edifice for six weeks beginning Dec. 28.

Because of scaffolding necessary for the project, no activities will be held in the Tabernacle during that time, including Sunday morning radio-television broadcasts of the Tabernacle Choir, daily organ recitals and tours.Sunday, Feb. 7, is the target date for reopening the building, which was completed in 1867, just 20 years after the Mormon pioneers settled the Salt Lake Valley. The most recent painting of the ceiling was in 1965. The paint being used is considered the best available for retaining the unique acoustical properties of the auditorium, said Roy Ostler, Tabernacle manager.

The Jan. 3 Tabernacle Choir program, "Music and the Spoken Word," will be videotaped the week before that in Jerusalem during the choir's Israel concert tour. The broadcast the following four Sundays will feature videotaped highlights from previous programs. To accommodate visitors to Temple Square during January, the videotaped highlights will be shown Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on a large screen in the Assembly Hall.