Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

Why Isn’t This Year’s Christmas Concert Broadcast on TV or YouTube?

This is a great question that we hear quite often. We are thrilled at the amazing response to the Christmas concert and blessed that we have the Conference Center where nearly 85,000 people can attend...

We don't broadcast the concert live or post it immediately. Instead we produce a PBS TV special, a DVD with fascinating bonus footage and a CD, all available starting in September next year.  We produce a very high quality product that matches the Choir's high standards. Final music is selected from the best of all the performances and then the video is matched to it. We use 13 different cameras to film the concert enabling us to provide a great viewer experience. After all four concerts are filmed, we have almost 80 hours of footage from which the very best shots are chosen. We add to that special behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with the guest artists, and other unique material to provide the finished product. Then final product is sent to one of the finest audio mastering facilities on the West Coast and then duplicated under exacting standards.

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The Complete 5-Day Countdown with Sesame Street's Count von Count

Did you happen to miss any of the Count's 5-day Christmas concert countdown? Look no further; we have the complete, hysterical countdown all in one place for your viewing pleasure. Watch the Count in his element, as he counts anything and everything he can find, including…well, watch and find out.

5 Days Until the Christmas Concert - Countdown with the Count and Ryan Murphy 

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Takes Part in Record-Breaking Nativity Scene

The previous record for the world’s largest live nativity scene, with 898 people, took place last year in the United Kingdom. That record was recently broken when 1,039 people dressed as wise men, shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, participated in a huge production to re-create the Savior's birth as part of a larger movement for sharing the gift of Christ. The event took place at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah and was witnessed by Guinness World Record judge Michael Empric.

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The 12 Days of…and after Christmas

The English carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was first published as a rhyme in 1780. In 1909 Frederic Austin set the text to his arrangement of a traditional folk melody in 1909, creating the popular version we know today. Along with other minor changes, his arrangement included the prolonged verse of “five gold rings.”

The well-known song has 12 verses that build upon the previous verses as more impressive gifts are given on each of the twelve days. Each verse begins with a similar phrase: “On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me,” followed by the second day, third day, and so forth.

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Sesame Street Christmas Guest Reveal #’s 8&9—Introducing…

Last but not least, our final Sesame Street Christmas concert guests are Big Bird and Cookie Monster! They will join Frozen’s Santino Fontana, and their Sesame Street friends Count von Count, Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Rosita and Bert and Ernie for the upcoming concerts, which will be held December 11-14, 2014. Click here for more Christmas concert information on our website.

Big Bird made his first Sesame Street appearance on November 10, 1969. He is an 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird who has been known to ride a unicycle. He lives next to Oscar the Grouch in a large nest behind 123 Sesame Street. He has many talents including dancing and singing, which makes him a perfect fit for the concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Big Bird helps children know that it’s OK to not know everything. He often says, “Asking questions is a good way of finding things out!"

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“O Holy Night”—The King’s Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

“O Holy Night” is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. French composer Adolphe Adam composed it in 1847 to a French poem titled "Minuit, chrétiens" ("Midnight, Christians") by Placide Cappeau. In 1855, Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight wrote the lyrics we hear most often sung today.

Though popular, the song is difficult for many people because of the broad range it requires. It is an audience favorite for several reasons, including high notes that occur near the end of the song.

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