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.
Each year patrons ask “How can the Choir top the performance of the year before?” And yet each year audiences are presented with a new show that includes stunning surprises. This season’s concert will be no different.
Mack Wilberg, music director, described having Voigt in the performance as a “dream come true.” She is a versatile singer with classical opera credentials and awards of great renown from the Gold Medal in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition to first prize at Philadelphia’s Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition. Her Twitter fans know her as a “Dramatic soprano and down-to-earth Diva.”
Equally as heralded but in the realm of stage and screen is Rhys-Davies who is known for his roles as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones series.
How does the Choir continue to attract artists of such caliber? “We just find the right way to extend the invitation,” explains Scott Barrick, general manager of the Choir, “and almost always we receive an enthusiastic response though schedules may take some tweaking to bring the Choir and artists together.”
Tickets have been distributed but last-minute seating is available each night and for the Sunday morning performance with a standby line beginning at the North Temple gate of Temple Square.