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The King’s Singers, England ‘s premier vocal choral ensemble, join with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs. The annual holiday concert airs this year on PBS stations Wednesday, December 24, 2008 and Thursday, December 25, 2008. It is typically one of the most-watched holiday shows on PBS each year. This year’s production with The King’s Singers is the fifth in the annual series
One of the world’s most sought-after and acclaimed vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers have been delighting audiences around the world with their charm, wit and incomparable musicianship for more than 40 years.
The program opens with “Rejoice and Be Merry,” a colorful processional featuring folk dancers and the choir. Vocal selections by The King’s Singers include “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sussex Carol,” “Jingle Bells,” and a moving new arrangement of “O Holy Night,” with the men of the choir. The highlight of the program is a spectacular staging of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with each day’s gifts fully represented in fabulous costumes. Other numbers with the Choir include “The First Noel,” Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly,” “One December, Bright and Clear,” “What Child is This?” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” The program also features a reading of the Christmas story from the book of St. Luke by The King’s Singers.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir features the world-renowned Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square , the Bells on Temple Square , and a holiday set with stained-glass church windows, snow-covered rooftops and brightly lit trees. More than 80 dancers contribute to the festivities.
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The High Definition, Surround Sound production was recorded in Salt Lake City in December 2007, by KUED, from four concerts performed before full houses, to combined audiences of approximately 85,000 people. The concert is conducted by Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg, with organists Richard Elliott, Clay Christiansen and Andrew Unsworth. Thomas Waldron conducts the Bells on Temple Square . The announcer is Lloyd Newell. Costumes are designed by Utah Opera Company’s Sue Allred, with choreography by Carol Iwasaki, from The University of Utah Department of Ballet.
The world-famous 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs an average of 75 times per year and has a list of credits, including five gold and two platinum records. The 110-member Orchestra at Temple Square was formed in January 1999, and has established a reputation as one of the finest volunteer symphony orchestras in the country. The Choir was honored in 2005 with a prestigious National Medal of Arts and induction into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. The CD featuring music from last year’s Christmas concert with Sissel was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring The King’s Singers is made possible in part by Ronald C. and Kaye Gunnell, the Cleone Peterson Eccles Endowment Fund, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and the contributing members of KUED.