CBS’ Touched by an Angel, 60 Minutes II and PBS Showcase Choir

SALT LAKE CITY – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear on several national television programs this Christmas season including CBS’ Touched by an Angel, CBS’ 60 Minutes II and a PBS Christmas Eve special.

Performing one of its most popular songs, “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the Choir makes an appearance on CBS’ Touched by an Angel during a special Sunday evening episode. The Christmas special, “A Winter Carol,” depicts a family dealing with the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack. The episode airs 16 December at 7 p.m. MST and features music from the Choir’s new album, The Sound of Glory.

A few days later, 60 Minutes II will air a segment featuring interviews with members of the Choir at home and in their workplaces. The segment focuses on the volunteer nature of service in the Choir and includes a brief history of the Choir and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Produced by Alan Weisman, a 60 Minutes veteran, the piece also includes an interview with Angela Lansbury, guest artist for the Choir’s recent annual Christmas concert. CBS’ 60 Minutes II will air Wednesday, 19 December, at 7 p.m. MST.

On Christmas Eve, the Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir join together for a new PBS holiday special, The Gift of Music, a 90-minute concert taped during a live performance under the direction of Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Utah Symphony. The concert features three soloists: Henriette Schellenberg (soprano), Robert Breault (tenor) and Robert Honeysucker (baritone). Salt Lake City’s International Children’s Choir also participates. In Utah, The Gift of Music will air at 8 p.m. MST on KUED, Channel 7. Check local listings in other areas.

For those who missed the Choir’s Christmas concert with the Orchestra at Temple Square and famed film, stage and TV star Angela Lansbury, KBYU, Channel 11, will rebroadcast the concert twice. The Joy of Christmas will air 22 December at 9 p.m. MST and again on 24 December at 8:30 p.m. MST.

The Choir received national attention early this year performing at the inauguration of President George W. Bush. The Choir has sung at the inaugurations of U.S. Presidents George Bush (1989), Ronald Reagan (1981), Richard Nixon (1969) and Lyndon Johnson (1965).

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has received various recognitions, including a Grammy Award for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” an Emmy Award for the television program “Christmas Sampler,” the Peabody Award for its CBS production “Let Freedom Ring,” and the Freedom Foundation Award for its Fourth of July broadcast in 1980.

In February 2002, the Choir will be featured in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games, at four Cultural Olympiad concerts, and in the Church’s own cultural offering, Light of the World.