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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kelli O’Hara

The 2019 Christmas concerts are approaching quicker than you can say “Mele Kalikimaka!” 

This year’s guests will include singer and actress Kelli O’Hara and actor Richard Thomas. The concerts will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 12–14, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Watch Choir’s Newest Music Video Angels among Us with Kristin Chenoweth

Who are the angels in your life? 

Just released for the 2019 Christmas season, The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s newest music video, “Angels among Us,” features superstar entertainer Kristin Chenoweth. The video celebrates the angels in each of our lives who embody year-round the true spirit of Christmas with gifts of kindness, service, forgiveness and love.

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200 Million YouTube Views…and Counting

Thanks to your unending support, the Choir’s YouTube channel is rapidly snowballing!  We are now at 200,000,000 views on the channel!

To prove the snowball effect is real, the first 100 million Youtube views took five years to reach. Two years later, here we are at 200 million. The numbers are one thing, but the effect that the music has on the hearts and minds of people is truly inspiring. The Choir’s mission is to transcend cultural and generational boundaries, and unite people worldwide through music and these numbers are evidence of fulfilling that mission.

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Christmas PBS and BYUtv Specials Announced for 2019!

The air dates and times for the PBS and BYUtv December broadcast specials, Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir featuring Kristin Chenoweth have been announced. The TV specials are taken from the 2018 concert with the Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning singer and actor.

PBS: A 60-minute version of the program will premiere on PBS on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET (check your local PBS station for specific date/time listings). 

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Didn't Get Tickets to the 2019 Christmas Concerts?

If you didn’t get tickets to the 2019 Christmas Concerts or live too far away to attend the concert—don’t despair!  There are many ways to enjoy Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.  

Those who tried to get Christmas concert tickets know that tickets were distributed in a random selection process where patrons registered for a chance at tickets over a ten-day period. We received requests enough to fill the Conference Center many times over!  Emails were sent to all those who registered with the results of the random selection.  

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“May We Be More Like Thee”: A Hymn by Lloyd Newell and Mack Wilberg

During the October 6 Music & the Spoken Word program, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square debuted a special new musical number written by announcer Lloyd Newell and music director Mack Wilberg. The idea for “May We Be More Like Thee” came to Newell more than a dozen years ago. “It was on a Sunday, after a broadcast, when the words ‘May We Be More Like Thee’ came to my mind and heart. Later that night, I began writing the lyrics. The ideas for the words and verses began to flow. Within a week or so, the hymn text was formed.” recalled Newell.

He knew he wanted his friend and colleague Wilberg to compose the music but having such a busy man find the time was a different story. Wilberg himself has often referred to the Choir as being like “a speeding train never stopping to let its passengers off.” With endless weekly broadcasts, concerts, and composing, it can be difficult to put aside the time for outside projects. Throughout the years, the two occasionaly talked about the hymn, with Wilberg offering lyric suggestions. Periodically Newell would tweak the lyrics changing a word here and there, with added insight from his wife, which improved the flow and meaning of the hymn. 

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“Sounds of the Season” with the Bells on Temple Square!

UPDATE:  Tickets for both concerts have all been distributed.  Patrons are encouraged to come for standby seating which is nearly always available.  See below for information about the internet live stream.

The Bells on Temple Square celebrate the beginning of this year’s holiday season with “Sounds of the Season,” their annual holiday concert, on Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. (mountain time) in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. Each year, the Bells on Temple Square’s concerts are audience favorites. 

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2019 Christmas Guests: Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas

The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are thrilled to announce acclaimed singer and actress Kelli O’Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas as the featured guests for the 2019 Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert!

The concerts will be presented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (December 12–14) at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center at Temple Square. The Christmas concerts have become a traditional audience favorite and will include a 600-person cast consisting of 360 Choir members, nearly 100 members of the Orchestra at Temple Square, the 32 members of Bells on Temple Square, and about 100 dancers, all of whom combine with the guest artists to present this annual musical celebration.

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Angels among Us CD/DVD: Relive the Magic!

Relive the magic of the Choir and Orchestra’s 2018 Christmas concerts, featuring Kristin Chenoweth! As explained: “When a group of 360 people can come together and sound as flawless as they do in their harmonies, . . . it's hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the Christmas season. But then you add in Tony Award-winning Broadway star, Kristin Chenoweth, and the magic is undeniable.”

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