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2019 Christmas Guests: Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are thrilled to announce acclaimed singer and actress Kelli O’Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas as the featured guests for the 2019 Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert!

The concerts will be presented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (December 12–14) at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center at Temple Square. The Christmas concerts have become a traditional audience favorite and will include a 600-person cast consisting of 360 Choir members, nearly 100 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square, the 32 members of Bells on Temple Square, and about 100 dancers, all of whom combine with the guest artists to present this annual musical celebration.

Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O’Hara is one of the rare singers who has managed to find a home performing in Broadway musicals, concerts, and the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. O’Hara received her university degree in opera, and after winning the Oklahoma State Metropolitan Opera competition, she moved to New York City, where she made her debut on Broadway. She has received seven Tony Award® nominations, winning Best Actress in a Musical in 2015 for her performance as Anna in The King and I. She received an Emmy Award® nomination for her performance in The Accidental Wolf. In 2015 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow and has since returned as Despina in Cosí fan tutti. Her concerts, spanning from New York’s Carnegie Hall all the way to Tokyo, have gained international acclaim. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Ms. O’Hara has received two Grammy Award nominations for her solo albums Always and Wonder in the World.

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is best known for his leading role in the television drama The Waltons as budding author John-Boy Walton. For this role, he won one Emmy Award and was nominated for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards. Mr. Thomas starred in Stephen King’s miniseries It and played FBI Special Agent Frank Gaad in the series The Americans. He received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his role in The Little Foxes.


To give everyone an equal opportunity to obtain tickets for the concerts, a random selection process was used. The registration period for random selection is now closed. For additional details about the ticket selection process, click here. Subscribe to the Choir’s weekly newsletter and follow the Choir on social media for more details of a later second-chance ticket giveaway contest in November after the random selection process has been completed.