Although it’s not quite Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is just around the corner. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been working on Christmas music for weeks, and the physical preparations for the annual Christmas concert have been going on for months. The annual concert by the Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square this year will feature Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville as guest artists.
Christmas is a time for making lists! It’s a time to organize, to review, and to make plans. List-making has become a necessity as we try to juggle all of the information we receive in our busy lives.
“Softly and Tenderly,” which was originally known as “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling,” is a classic invitation hymn from the 19th century. It was written by Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909) who was a composer of gospel, secular, and patriotic songs.
Get ready to watch the Bells on Temple Square in the best seats in the house—your house. If you’ve never experienced a Bells concert, they are among the most popular on Temple Square.
The Lion King officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997, and it is still running 20 years later. In fact, with more than 6,700 performances, it is currently the third-longest-running show in history.
Each year on November 11, Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States to honor military veterans. The reason Veterans Day falls on November 11 is because the hostilities of World War I officially came to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day but was renamed in 1954.
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.
“The Prayer” is a popular classical crossover song by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa, and Tony Renis. It was originally released as separate solo tracks on the soundtrack for the animated film Quest for Camelot, with a solo version for Celine Dion recorded in English and one for Andrea Bocelli in Italian.
In case you thought Mack Wilberg was just the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, we’ve got some news for you: in addition to his duties as director—which is a serious job in and of itself—Wilberg is a world-class composer and arranger.
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.