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Mormon Tabernacle Choir ramps up for Christmas program

By Carole Mikita | Posted - Dec. 16, 2011 at 6:34 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- "Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir" has become a beloved tradition for people everywhere.

The program is not only the number one Christmas concert in Utah but also as a nationwide PBS broadcast. Joining the choir this year is actress Jane Seymour and opera star Nathan Gunn, as well as the bells on Temple Square and various dancers.

2011 Christmas concert schedule
December 15, 2011
  • 8 p.m., Conference Center
December 16, 2011
  • 8 p.m., Conference Center
December 17, 2011
  • 8 p.m., Conference Center
Mini concert:
December 18, 2011
  • 9:30 a.m., Conference Center

For more information, go to the choir's webpage.

"They bring their unique and great talents to us and particularly to our program this year and we are thrilled and honored they are with us," Mack Wilberg.

The choir is confident in this year's program, too.

"I have to tell you, after last night, this has to be our best," said Mac Christensen, president Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Grammy winner, baritone Nathan Gunn is impressed with the work ethic of the choir.

"They actually try to do it right but at the same time they are constantly giving and constantly trying to offer up that message of love and giving and Christmas," said Nathan Gunn, Grammy Award- winning Baritone.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress, Jane Seymour calls the opportunity a gift.

David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Joy to the World

"To be doing something that is so heartwarming and so necessary, I think, at this time --to be involved in a program that lifts people's spirits up, especially when this year has been really tough for a lot of people," Seymour said.

Both say they are touched by the volunteers who bring the spirit of Christmas to so many.

If you don't have tickets, there is a standby line for seats in the Tabernacle, Assembly Hall and North Visitor's Center with large screens in all of them.

This program will be part of "Music and the Spoken Word" Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. live in the Conference Center or broadcast on KSL 5.


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