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Baby of Bethlehem

Watch the touching true story of a father and daughter dealing with the loss of their wife and mother as they realize the comfort, peace, and hope that comes from the reassuring message of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. The video uses footage of Tony Award® winner Kelli O’Hara’s special performance of “Baby in Bethlehem” during The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2019 Christmas concerts. 


“Baby of Bethlehem” (also known as “Singing in the Land”) is an African-American spiritual that was included in a 1953 volume of Ruth Crawford Seeger’s American Folk Songs for Christmas. Mack Wilberg’s arrangement retains the carol’s innate innocence and raw simplicity, placing those qualities as the forefront of this performance. 


Kelli O’Hara is one of the rare singers who has a home performing in Broadway musicals, concerts, and the Metropolitan Opera. 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, the cast album receiving a Grammy® Award nomination. 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. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors.