Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Rockettes set to perform at Trump inauguration

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir agreed Thursday to sing at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration — and not everybody back home in Utah is applauding.

Best known for their soaring renditions of religious and patriotic music, the 360-member Salt Lake City-based choir is one of just a handful of acts that Team Trump has been able to sign up for the Jan. 20 ceremony.

The chief spokesman of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledged the choir is already taking flak for agreeing to be part of the festivities.

"Response to the announcement has been mixed, with people expressing both opposition and support," said spokesman Eric Hawkins.

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Morning worship service

The Inauguration Day's morning worship service is a tradition that started in 1933 with Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor, when they attended a church service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Since Roosevelt, all president-elects have attended morning worship services.

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Procession to the Capitol

After the service, members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies will escort the president-elect, the vice-president elect and their respective spouses to the White House. The president-elect and the outgoing president will hold a brief meeting prior to the swearing-in ceremonies.

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The swearing-in ceremony

The president's swearing-in has taken place at the west front of the Capitol since President Ronald Reagan in 1981. From here, President-elect Donald Trump will "solemnly swear" to "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States."

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Inaugural address

Since George Washington, all presidents have been expected to deliver a speech. Some of the most memorable speeches are still quoted today, such as F.D.R.'s "nothing to fear but fear itself" and, in 1961, John F. Kennedy's "ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

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Departure of the outgoing president

Following the inaugural ceremony on the Capitol, the outgoing president and first lady will leave the Capitol. The president's departure begins with a little ceremony. The Obamas will continue their immediate post-presidential lives in Washington, D.C.

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Inaugural luncheon

Once the newly elected president has taken the oath of office and delivered his speech, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosts a luncheon in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. The event typically features the cuisine of the president and vice president's places of origin.

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Inaugural parade

Following the conclusion of the luncheon, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead a procession of marching bands, citizen's groups, and military regiments down Pennsylvania Ave. The parade is organized by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee select the parade's participants.

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Inaugural ball

The tradition of an inaugural ball starts with George Washington in 1789. In the days since, the ball has become a highlight of the D.C. society, as tickets to get into the inaugural ball are highly coveted. There have been a certain number of balls in recent years: Bill Clinton hit a record of 14 balls during his second inauguration in 1997, while Obama attended 10 official balls for his first inaugural in 2009. Trump will reportedly attend two.

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But he defended the choir's decision to sing for Trump.

"The choir's participation continues its long tradition of performing for U.S. presidents of both parties at inaugurations and in other settings, and is not an implied support of party affiliations or politics" said Hawkins. "It is a demonstration of our support for freedom, civility and the peaceful transition of power."

Previously, the choir sang at the swearing-in ceremonies for Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush. It also performed at the inaugural parades for Ronald Reagan, and both Bushes.

"The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a great tradition of performing at the inaugurals of U. S. presidents," said Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. "Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president."

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A view from backstage as Santa Claus, played by Charles Edward Hall, prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare to perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as sheep are put into their position for the The Living Nativity ' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as a member of the stage crew hand slaps, as the Rockettes prepare to go on stage for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare to perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes perform during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as The Rockettes perform a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus, played by Charles Edward Hall, prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage of Santa's chair during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes perform during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage during the The Living Nativity ' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage the Rockettes dressed as 'Wooden Soldiers prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes prepare to tumble down in the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes tumble down in 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes tumble down in the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as 'Santa Suits' for a Rockettes number hang on the rack at the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as costumes for a Rockettes number hang on the rack at the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as The Rockettes prepare for their opening number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage the Rockettes dressed as 'Wooden Soldiers prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage of the Rockettes performing the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A view from backstage as The Rockettes line up during a song during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as a camel for the The Living Nativity ' prepares to go on stage for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus played by Charles Edward Hall prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as performers in costume wait to go on during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Utah is a conservative state and the Mormons who make up the majority regularly back Republicans for president. But Trump's candidacy was too much for many.

This year Trump got 61 percent of the Mormon vote in Utah - far less than the 80 percent George W. Bush got in 2004 and the 78 percent Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon, got in 2012, according to one exit poll.

Trump also lost a lot of votes to Evan McMullin, a Mormon who ran as an independent.

It was also announced Thursday that the high-kicking Rockettes, of Radio City Music Hall fame, would be performing.

"The Radio City Rockettes, an original American brand, have performed at Radio City Music Hall since 1932 and, as treasured American icons, have taken part in some of the nation's most illustrious events such as Super Bowl halftime shows, Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades and presidential inaugurations, including in 2001 and 2005," James L. Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Rockettes, said in a statement. "We are honored that the Rockettes have again been asked to perform in the upcoming inauguration festivities."

That announcement prompted some on social media to call for boycotts of the group, or for the women performing to stage walkouts.

Last week, "America's Got Talent" soprano Jackie Evancho agreed the sing the national anthem at the inauguration.

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