Aired Thursday December 3rd, 2009 at 7:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
Tony Award Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season's most beloved songs. The KUED production airs Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m., December 16 at 7 p.m., December 24 at 8 p.m. , December 25 at 11 a.m. Also airing this month will be last year's concert featuring the King's singers on December 24 at 11:00.a.m and December 25 at 9 p.m.
Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country's finest conductors and orchestras. He headlined the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS in the Spring of 2006. It was also released on DVD and CD.
Among the musical numbers are "Once in Royal David's City," The Christmas Song/A Crazy Christmas List," "The Friendly Beasts," "I Saw Three Ships," "Sleigh Ride," "Hallelujah" from Messiah, "Longfellow's Christmas," and "Angels, from the Realms of Glory." The program also features a reading of "The Christmas Story" by actor Edward Herrmann.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is an annual holiday concert featuring the world-renowned Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square, and dancers from the University of Utah Ballet Department.
The program was produced in December 2008 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Conference Center. The Conference Center, and home for the Tabernacle Choir, is a state-of-the- art auditorium that seats 21,000 in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, adjacent to historic Temple Square. This program was produced in High Definition video and 5.1 surround sound.
The program is underwritten by Ronald C. and Kaye Gunnell and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
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