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Listen to Choir Christmas Music 24/7 Now Through Christmas!

Now through Christmas Day, the Choir’s 24/7 music stream—powered by the Mormon Channel—will feature nonstop Christmas music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas albums, Music and the Spoken Word Christmas specials, and past Christmas concerts.

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Rolling on the Floor with the Puppeteers from Sesame Workshop®

This video will make your day! During the rehearsals of last year’s Christmas concert with Santino Fontana and the Muppets® from Sesame Street®, we captured area footage of the Sesame Street® puppeteers getting to different points under the stage by using what they refer to as “rollies.” Rollies are small round cushions with wheels that help them maneuver in small spaces.

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Relive the Christmas Magic with the Muppets® from Sesame Street® and Santino Fontana

Christmas may belong to December but who doesn’t love the songs and celebrations all year long! The newest CD and DVD release from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square—Keep Christmas with You—is filled with the magic and joy of the season. And its star-studded cast is one you will love to watch again:  Broadway leading man Santino Fontana, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street®, over 100 dancers, the Bells on Temple Square, the Orchestra at Temple Square and of course, the Choir. 

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Lindsey Stirling Wows in CMA Christmas Performance and New “Hallelujah” Video

In 2013 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square hosted Lindsey Stirling for the annual Pioneer Day concert, where she performed “Scotland, the Brave/Simple Gifts,” “Poor Little Lambs,” and her YouTube hit “Elements,” which has almost 70 million views. Stirling also joined the Choir and Orchestra for the finale of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

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Hallelujah! Christmas CD and DVD Released

This Christmas the whole world can experience the uplifting 2015 Christmas concert from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the release of Hallelujah! The DVD and CD are now available online and in stores. Digital downloads, both in audio and HD video, are also available.

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How to Get 2016 Christmas Concert Tickets

It’s early to talk about Christmas since fall has just arrived, but ticket distribution for the 2016 Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square is changing. This article provides readers advance notice of this change.

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Make Messiah a Part of Your Christmas!

Today, almost 275 years since its premier performance, Handel’s beloved Messiah oratorio has become a favorite of both Christmas and Easter celebrations everywhere. Many will be surprised to learn that Messiah was not originally intended to be performed primarily as Christmas music. The first performance of Messiah took place in April, 1742 in Dublin and Easter-time performances continued during the decades that followed. Over the years, as the appreciation for Messiah spread, the number of Christmas season performances increased.

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Forgiveness is the Focus of the Choir’s New Christmas Music Video

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s new music video depicts the parable of the prodigal son and also references the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin as told in Luke 15 of the New Testament. This modern-day retelling of the biblical story of the prodigal son depicts the love of God for all of His children and will serve as a reminder to be compassionate toward and accepting of those who seek forgiveness.

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Jesus Worshipped through Song and So Can You

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
“But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
“And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.“

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Messiah and Christmas Favorites Charm Concertgoers

Handel’s Messiah is a favorite at Christmas concerts and sing-ins.  It’s not surprising then that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—with a new recording of the full work coming out in spring 2016—is presenting a montage of Messiah music coupled with a reading about the work’s creation.  Acclaimed British actor Martin Jarvis, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in the year 2000, presents the compelling story. 

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Enjoy the Christmas Season with Music from the Choir

Music is everywhere during the Christmas season as people gather to renew friendships, enjoy family, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas music speaks of hope, faith, and the assurance of the love of God for everyone. It has the power to evoke memories of joyful childhood experiences, of families gathered around the Christmas tree, and of gift exchanges with dear friends.

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Listen to These Christmas Songs Composed by Mack Wilberg

The director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg, is known around the world for his compositions and arrangements. His works are respected and appreciated by the choral community as well as the casual listener. Wilberg once said, “I work very hard to stimulate and keep people’s attention. Music ought to be an enjoyable journey for the listener.”

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Continues to Inspire Compassion and Forgiveness

On December 17, 1843, Charles Dickens published a little novella titled A Christmas Carol. It was written during a time when Dickens was struggling financially and hoping to rebound with sales from a new book. His previous book, Martin Chuzzelwit, was considered a flop, and his publishers were about to start deducting from his monthly pay—a move that would have been catastrophic for Dickens and his family.

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Stand By for the Hottest Tickets in Town

A Christmas chill is in the air, but tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert are a hot item. Although all of the tickets to this year’s concert featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville have been distributed, there is still an excellent chance of getting in, without being left out in the cold.

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Christmas Songs from Around the World

This time of year, you can hear Christmas classics just about everywhere you turn. But what about those gems from around the globe that are begging for a place in your Christmas playlist? Watch the Choir’s videos for these amazing Christmas songs from around the world:

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Top 10 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Videos on YouTube

With over 100 Christmas videos currently on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel, there are plenty of amazing songs to choose from. But if you want the best and brightest available, look no further—here is a list of the top ten Christmas videos on our YouTube channel.

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PBS and BYUtv Broadcast Dates Announced for Choirs Christmas Special

This year’s TV special, Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Rolando Villazón, showcases one of the world’s most sought-after tenors in a cross-cultural, Latin-themed Christmas celebration. The program was taped in 2016 over the course of three nights in front of a combined live audience of 63,000 people in Salt Lake City’s Conference Center. Villazón is the first Latin-American guest star and narrator to headline a Christmas concert by the Choir and Orchestra.

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The Little Match Girl book is now available

Originally written for the narration of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2016 Christmas concert, David Warner’s hope-filled adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” comes to life in this new children’s book beautifully illustrated by Greg Newbold.

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Enjoy Christmas This Year With O Come, Little Children On CD and DVD

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Christmas Is with the Choir All through the Year

“Keep Christmas with you all through the year” was the refrain from the very popular Choir and Orchestra Christmas concert with the Muppets® from Sesame Street® several years ago. For the Choir organization, whether it is editing last year’s concert for the CD and DVD to be sold in the fall, working on the illustrated book that will share the concert narration with many more than the original live audience, or making plans for the guest artists and the concert program for the coming year, Christmas is part of what goes on all year long.   

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Costume Designer Susan Memmott Allred Awarded Pioneers of Progress Award

Each year, the Days of '47 trustees gather at a special banquet to honor Utahns “who perpetuate a legacy of industry and integrity.” The honorees are nominated by the public and include individuals whose achievements “commemorate principles of pioneering such as faith, courage, industry, integrity and sacrifice, and whose work benefits present and future generations” (“Six Utahns Receive Pioneers of Progress Awards,” Deseret News, July 22, 2017).

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“The Wexford Carol,” New Choir Holiday Video Released!

Watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s new video released Thanksgiving weekend on the Choir website at https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/wexfordcarol.html featuring “The Wexford Carol!” The new Mack Wilberg arrangement of this unforgettable carol was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at the 2015 Christmas Concert and on their recently released Hallelujah! CD and DVD.

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Broadway Star Laura Osnes and Beloved British Actor Martin Jarvis Join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Annual Christmas Concert

Back by popular demand after charming audiences at this summer’s Pioneer Day concert, Broadway star Laura Osnes will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on December 17, 18 and 19 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Taking the stage with Osnes will be acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis. Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, these powerhouse talents will ring in the holiday spirit for audiences young and old.

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2015 Christmas Concert Date Change Announcement

For logistical and scheduling reasons, the annual Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square has been moved to Thursday through Saturday, December 17–19.  More information about the concert and guest artists will follow in the weeks to come.

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Pre-Order Keep Christmas with You on Amazon

Ready or not, Christmas is coming! If you’re an early shopper that means you’ve already started, and we’ve got the perfect gift idea—Keep Christmas with You. Featuring The Muppets® from Sesame Street® and Santino Fontana, this CD and DVD is loaded with Christmas classics, as well as Sesame Street favorites from the Choir’s 2014 Christmas concert in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and DeseretBook.com. The album is also available for download on iTunes.

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Top 5 Stories of December 2014

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s blog is loaded with unique content including Choir videos, hymn histories, behind-the-scenes video, interviews, announcements, history and more. Make sure to check our blog often for the latest updates, stories and videos. Below is a list of the top 5 Choir-related stories of December 2014.

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Mack Wilberg's Arrangement of "Fum, Fum, Fum": The History and Lyrics

“Fum, Fum, Fum” is a Catalonian Christmas carol that originated in the 16th or 17th century. The word “fum” has many meanings ranging from the sound of a rocking cradle, the sound of a drum, the strum of a guitar or playing on a fiddle. The literal definition of “fum” in Catalan means smoke, which could refer to smoke rising from a chimney.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Takes Part in Record-Breaking Nativity

The previous record for the world’s largest live nativity scene, with 898 people, took place last year in the United Kingdom. That record was recently broken when 1,039 people dressed as wise men, shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, participated in a huge production to re-create the Savior's birth as part of a larger movement for sharing the gift of Christ. The event took place at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah and was witnessed by Guinness World Record judge Michael Empric.

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2014 Christmas Concert Ticket Giveaway

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Let the Season in Premiere

Everyone loves to go behind the scenes. Mormon Tabernacle Choir Premieres does just that. You have watched music director Mack Wilberg conduct the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and now you can listen to him share his thoughts about the recently released recording of the 2013 Christmas concert, Let the Season In. (Click on mormontabernaclechoir.org/interviews now or on the Mormon Channel starting on Monday, November 17.)

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Christmas Character Reveal Elmo

We are pleased to introduce another Sesame Street Christmas concert guest—if you haven’t guessed from the photo above, our character reveal of the week is…Elmo! If you listened to the announcement with Doug Wright, KSL Radio host, on the Doug Wright Show, this comes as no surprise, but we wanted to give each of our distinguished guests a proper introduction.

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God Bless Us, Every One! The Story Behind A Christmas Carol

Christmas, 1843, the hottest item on the shelves in England was a little book entitled A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The young novelist, father of four (soon to be five), needed to quickly earn sufficient funds to meet mounting obligations. He walked the streets of London trying to shape a story and from his observations he created the beloved characters of Scrooge, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and a series of flying ghosts that would catch hold of readers' hearts-for centuries.

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2014 Christmas Guests are Brought to You by the Letters F-U-N!!!

The wait is over! This year’s annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert guests have been announced, and you’re in for a major treat. Frozen’s Santino Fontana returns to join forces with world-famous The Muppets® from Sesame Street®. The concerts will take place December 11–14. As an added bonus, the minimum age for this concert event will be lowered to ages 5 and up, rather than the usual 8 and up.

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Listen to the inside scoop on Christmas concerts

Ask Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, how renowned guest artists like Alfie Boe, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt and John Rhys-Davies agree to come as guest artists for Christmas programs.  His answer is simple, “We ask them.”

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Choir Christmas Concert Hottest Ticket in Town

The tradition of grand Christmas concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of the highlights of the season. This year’s performances—Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December15—will be like no other with singing, dancing, hand bell ringing and blockbuster guest artists, American soprano Deborah Voigt and British actor John Rhys-Davies.  

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Christmas Devotional Features Choir Singing Sacred Hymns

Christmas music, sacred music, is so much a part of the season celebrating the birth of the Christ child.  Every year The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds its annual Christmas devotional which features messages by Church leaders appropriate to the Christmas season.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square add to the spirit of the evening with specially selected Christmas hymns and cherished carols.

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Save These Christmas Concert Dates

Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  And it is not too early to note these dates for Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.  Concerts are scheduled December 12 to December 15. The Thursday, December 12 performance is a dress rehearsal, concerts follow on Friday and Saturday and the Sunday morning is a mini concert in conjunction with the weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast.

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