With the Sunday, December 31 New Year’s Eve broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will finish a busy, productive year.
Update (11/30/18): The "Silent Night" music video, starring Kevin Sorbo, is now available at the conclusion of this blog post. The audio was recorded live during the 2017 Christmas concert of which this story mentions.
For one fun-filled week in 2014, the Muppets® from Sesame Street® had a new home—the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. They, along with Santino Fontana, were guest artists for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concerts.
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.
In 1980 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints produced a Christmas film starring veteran Hollywood actor James (Jimmy) Stewart. The film, titled Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, was broadcast on NBC on December 21, 1980.
Early in 2016 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir gave fans the chance of lifetime by inviting singers to join in the world’s largest virtual “Hallelujah” Chorus. Fans from around the globe were encouraged to submit videos of themselves singing along with the “Hallelujah” part of their choice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Select singers were chosen to be featured in the final video with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
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.”
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.
Each year for the last four years, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has released a new music video for the Christmas season. And each year, the videos bring a spirit of joy and happiness and invite viewers to think about Christmas in a different way. If you loved our previous videos, you’ll love this year’s video.
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.
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:
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.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is now officially on Spotify. The latest release, O Come, Little Children, was recorded live during the 2016 Christmas concert with the Orchestra at Temple Square and guest artist Rolando Villazón.
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President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life.” To keep up with change, most of us rely on a good calendar. Over the past year, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been working to simplify and improve communication on its website calendar. The goal was to help patrons and visitors be better informed about Choir organization concerts, rehearsals, live performances of Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts, daily Temple Square organ recitals, radio and TV specials, and other events.
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 concerts by the Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square this year will feature Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville as guest artists.