The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to offer its sincere condolences to the family of award-winning actor Edward Herrmann, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 71. He died Wednesday, December 31 at New York Hospital where he was being treated for a stage 4 Glioblastoma brain tumor. His manager Robbie Kass said, “Besides being an accomplished actor, Ed was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man…he will be sorely missed.”
Some know acclaimed Welsh actor, John Rhys-Davies, for his role as Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. Others know him as Gimli, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. After watching the video above, many will know him as the narrator of the Christmas Story, from Luke 2. Davies was the guest artist for the 2013 Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“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.
In 2010, former American Idol contestant David Archuleta joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as musical guest for the Christmas concert. During the concert Archuleta performed many Christmas classics such as “Joy to the World," “Silent Night,” and “Angels, from the Realms of Glory.”
Critics Agree: The Christmas Concert Featuring Santino Fontana and The Muppets® from Sesame Street® was a Smashing Success
This year’s Christmas concert featuring Santino Fontana and The Muppets® from Sesame Street® is receiving rave reviews and generating massive media buzz. Check out what the public has been saying about the concert and watch this highlight video:
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.
The Christmas season is here! Refresh your spirit during the busy season with these 12 videos, featuring the breathtaking arrangements of the Choir’s director, Mack Wilberg.
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Last but not least, our final Sesame Street Christmas concert guests are Big Bird and Cookie Monster! They will join Frozen’s Santino Fontana, and their Sesame Street friends Count von Count, Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Bert and Ernie for the upcoming Christmas concerts, which will be held December 11-14, 2014.
During the 2014 Pioneer Day concert, Frozen’s Santino Fontana performed the Mack Wilberg arrangement of “Never Never Land” from the musical Peter Pan. This very gentle moment in the show came right before the show’s finale.
“O Holy Night” is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. French composer Adolphe Adam composed it in 1847 to a French poem titled "Minuit, chrétiens" ("Midnight, Christians") by Placide Cappeau. In 1855, Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight wrote the lyrics we hear most often sung today.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir launched its official blog in January 2014. It is now loaded with unique content including Choir videos, hymn histories, behind-the-scenes video, interviews, announcements, Choir history and more.
Update (1/1/16): Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization wishes to express its sincere condolences to her family. In a press conference during her 2009 guest appearance with the Choir, Cole said, '"I really think we are here to honor our Lord Jesus Christ. He will be definitely honored, and I'm sure he's pleased. It's so nice to take the 'I' out of it and make it a team effort." She also lovingly referred to the Choir as her "Wonderful backup singers."