Aired Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 7:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and Grammy Award nominee Michael York join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion. This annual holiday special, which airs nationwide on PBS this month, airs on KUED Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December . 23 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Recorded live in the spectacular 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, this remarkable event combines elegant dancing, masterful musical performances and storytelling. Complete with Yuletide favorites like "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," the memorable performance also includes unique music like "Los pastores a belén," sung by David Archuleta completely in Spanish, Michael York's touching tale about the humble beginnings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, together with moving organ, choir and orchestra performances.
Platinum recording artist Archuleta came to the attention of American audiences as the Season 7 American Idol runner-up. 30 million television viewers fell in love with the angelic voice whose masterful performance of John Lennon's Imagine captivated audiences worldwide. Archuleta has toured extensively across the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia to perform for fans.
Michael York's impressive body of work spans the past 46 years on screen, stage, television, and audio recording. York has 60 film credits, 80 television credits and has narrated more than 90 audio books. York, who grew up in England and was a member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company, lectures internationally on Shakespeare and the history and art of acting.
The 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir was organized in 1847 shortly after the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. The Choir is well known for its recordings, which include two platinum and five gold albums, and the Grammy Award-winning rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The Choir has performed with some of the world's great orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and it now performs regularly with the Orchestra at Temple Square, a 110-member all volunteer symphony, formed in 1999. The Choir has performed in the great concert halls of Europe, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia, Israel, Russia and the United States.
This year's Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir special is the eighth in the annual series produced by KUED-Salt Lake City for national broadcast on PBS. This year's production was recorded from a series of concerts performed during December 2010 with a combined audience for the live concerts numbered at 80,000.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle featuring David Archuleta and Michael York is funded in part by Ronald C. and Kaye Gunnell, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Keith Elliott Garner, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and yourLDSmusicstore.com.
PROCESSIONAL: A CHRISTMAS ROUNDELAY
Text by David Warner
Music by Mack Wilberg
JOY TO THE WORLD
Text by Isaac Watts
Music by Lowell Mason (based on George Frederich Handel)
Arrangement by Sam Cardon
RING OUT YE CRYSTAL SPHERES
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Text by Fredrick H. Martens
Music by Pietro Yon
Arrangement by Arthur Harris
THREE DANCING CAROLS
Arrangement by Ryan Murphy based on
Flemish, German and Danish Carols
LOS PASTORES A BELÉN
Arrangement by Sam Cardon on a Spanish Carol
AWAY IN A MANGER
Music by James R. Murray on an Anonymous Text
Arrangement by Mack Wilberg
ANGELS, FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY
Text by James Montgomery
Arrangement by Mack Wilberg on a French Carol
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