Tickets go fast for the Christmas concerts presented by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Thanks to modern technology, those who couldn’t get tickets can experience the concerts on DVD and video, and those who were there can enjoy it all over again.
Produced on the choir’s own label and distributed through Deseret Book, the three concerts appear in their entirety, from start to finish.
Angela Lansbury, guest artist for 2001’s “The Joy of Christmas,” sings “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and reads “Trouble at the Inn” and the story of Christ’s birth, from Luke. The choir and orchestra perform full-bodied arrangements of traditional carols in this two-hour video.
Veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite narrates the touching story of the 1914 Christmas truce in “Silent Night, Holy Night,” the 2002 concert, and takes the conductor’s baton to lead the choir and orchestra in Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus. Also on the program are traditional carols and popular favorites such as “White Christmas.” Extra features on the 99-minute DVD are interviews with Cronkite and choir director Craig Jessop.
In 2003, world-renowned opera singers Frederica von Stade and Bryn Terfel were guest artists for “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.” An hour-long program filmed during last December’s concerts will be aired on PBS stations Dec. 22 and 24 at 9 p.m. EST. Sacred and secular holiday favorites by the choir and orchestra are punctuated by an international flavor, including English, Welsh, Nigerian, Austrian and French carols. Terfel reads the Christmas story from Luke, accompanied by choir and orchestra. Additional footage and interviews are included on the DVD version, which runs 110 minutes.
Sold-out holiday concerts from the past three seasons are available on DVD and video. PBS will air 2003 special on Dec. 22 and 24 at 9 p.m. EST. The filmed concerts are available wherever LDS products are sold, on amazon.com, and at mormontabernaclechoir.org.
Mormon Choir of Washington to Perform on Sunday
FALLS CHURCH, VA — The Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C. and Orchestra will perform John Rutter’s joyful and energetic Magnificat in addition to traditional pieces for their Christmas concert on Sunday, December 12, at 8p.m. in the visitor’s center of the Washington D.C. Temple.
One of Rutters’ most important major works, Magnificat is the poetic outpouring of praise, joy and trust in God, ascribed by St. Luke (1:46-55) to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to the Christ.
The choir will also perform traditional Christmas selections, including “The First Noel,” “Christmas Day,” “Joy to the World,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Away in a Manger.”
The Choir is celebrating its 25th year of entertaining audiences in the greater Metro D.C. area. Past performances have been held at the Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, the grounds of the Washington Monument, the White House, and the National Cathedral.
This concert is free and open to the public. Space is limited and on a first-come first-serve basis. The Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center is located at 9300 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, MD.