CHRISTMAS WITH THE TABERNACLE CHOIR
OVER 170 YEARS OF MUSICAL EXCELLENCE
Founded in August 1847 by a small group of frontier settlers just 29 days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square has evolved into a world-recognized, Grammy and Emmy® Award-winning musical organization that is unparalleled in its size, history, reach and versatility.
The Christmas concert is the largest undertaking of the Choir’s 75 performances each year. This includes their weekly, 30-minute live “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast, which dates back to 1929 and is the longest continuously running weekly network broadcast in history. It is celebrating its 90th anniversary as a free nondenominational program of music and inspiration.
Though the Choir remains an all-volunteer force, its 360 members must each pass a rigorous, nine-month, four-phase audition process which includes 16 weeks of training that test not only their musical aptitude and range, but also their dedication to the Choir’s demanding rehearsal and performance schedule.
SALT LAKE CITY’S TEMPLE SQUARE
“This is one of the most beautiful venues to sing in because there’s no interruption from columns – it’s just open. It’s massive but has this feeling of intimacy. The moment I walked into the auditorium, I passed out. Not really, but I did do a big faint for everyone.” – Kristin Chenoweth
Salt Lake City’s Conference Center at Temple Square is a remarkable cultural and event space. Despite its size, there are no columns in the Center’s auditorium, leading to unobstructed views between the performers and audience, as well as an unexpected feeling of intimacy.
The Conference Center pays homage to the neighboring Tabernacle, a building of great historical significance built by early pioneers, which is the principal home of the Choir. (Summers and December are spent in the Conference Center.)
2019 (recorded 2018): Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir featuring Kristin Chenoweth
2018 (recorded 2017): Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville
2017 (recorded 2016): Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Rolando Villazón
2016 (recorded 2015): Broadway singer Laura Osnes, actor Martin Jarvis, and four Metropolitan Opera soloists
2015 (recorded 2014): Actor Santino Fontana and The Muppets from Sesame Street
2014 (recorded 2013): Soprano Deborah Voigt and actor John Rhys-Davies
2013 (recorded 2012): Tenor Alfie Boe and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw
2012 (recorded 2011): Once Upon A Christmas with Nathan Gunn & Jane Seymour
2011 (recorded 2010): Pop singer David Archuleta and actor Michael York
2010 (recorded 2009): Jazz singer Natalie Cole and author and historian David McCullough
2009 (recorded 2008): Broadway singer Brian Stokes Mitchell and actor Edward Herrmann
2008 (recorded 2007): London-based a cappella group The King’s Singers
2007 (recorded 2006): Norwegian soprano Sissel
2006 (recorded 2005): Soprano Renée Fleming and actress Claire Bloom
2005 (recorded 2004): Actress Audra McDonald and actor Peter Graves
2004 (recorded 2003): Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and baritone Bryn Terfel
2003 (recorded 2002): Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite
2002 (recorded 2001): Actress Angela Lansbury
2001 (recorded 2000): R&B singer Gladys Knight and actress Roma Downey
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