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Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York

(Rochester, NY) – Award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and acclaimed actor Michael York join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York airs Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

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 such as “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World,” the memorable performance also includes unique music such as “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. Thirty 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.  The actor, 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 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.

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