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Broadway singer Kelli O’Hara, actor Richard Thomas to perform in Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert

By Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 25, 2019 at 10:25 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — Broadway singer Kelli O’Hara and actor Richard Thomas will perform with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square for the choir’s annual Christmas concert, according to a news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

O’Hara has received seven Tony Award nominations during her Broadway career and won Best Actress in a Musical in 2015 for her performance as Anna in “The King and I.” She has also received two Grammy nominations for her solo albums “Wonder in the World” and “Always.”

Her talent extends to the silver screen, as well, and she’s received an Emmy nomination for her role in “The Accidental Wolf,” in which she plays the titular character who becomes involved in a military cover-up when she hears a murder over the phone. She is also known for her roles in "Sex and the City 2" and the TV series "Numb3rs."

Thomas is most well-known for his role as the aspiring author John-Boy Walton in “The Waltons,” a TV series that followed a family struggling through the Great Depression and World War II. The series enjoyed a long, 9-season run through the 1970s and early 1980s.

The actor won an Emmy Award and received another Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for his run in the series. He won a 2017 Tony Award nomination for his performance in “The Little Foxes.”

Thomas also starred in Stephen King’s miniseries “It” and was FBI Special Agent Frank Gaadin in “The Americans.”

“Kelli O’Hara is a tour de force performer whose beautiful and versatile voice will marry perfectly with the concert’s holiday repertoire,” president of the choir, Ron Jarrett, said in the news release. “I also can’t wait to hear Richard Thomas narrate our Christmas story with his signature voice that will take us all back home to Walton’s Mountain.”

The choir will also perform with the Orchestra at Temple Square and The Bells on Temple Square under the direction of choir music director, Mack Wilberg, and associate music director, Ryan Murphy.

This year will be the choir and orchestra’s 20th year performing the beloved Christmas concert, which “are full-scale productions of music, dance and storytelling with visual effects,” the release reads.

The concerts will be held Dec. 12-14 at the Conference Center at Temple Square at 8 p.m.

Hopeful guests can register for tickets on the choir’s website beginning Friday at noon until Nov. 3 at midnight. A random selection process will be used to determine which guests will receive tickets. Results of the random selection process will be announced via email on or about Nov. 11 to all who registered.

Registrants who do not receive a ticket should follow the choir on its social media pages for details of a second-chance ticket giveaway contest in November. To learn more about the selection process, visit the choir’s website.

Liesl Nielsen

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