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Wednesday, December 24 at 8 p.m. Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring the King's Singers

(Rochester, NY) The King’s Singers, England’s premier vocal choral ensemble, join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs. The annual holiday concert is typically one of the most-watched holiday shows on PBS each year. This year’s production with The King’s Singers is the fifth in the annual series. Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring the King's Singers airs Wednesday, December 24 at 8 p.m. and repeats Thursday, December 25 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1).

One of the world’s most sought-after and acclaimed vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers have been delighting audiences around the world with their charm, wit, and incomparable musicianship for more than 40 years.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring the King's Singers opens with Rejoice and Be Merry, a colorful processional featuring folk dancers and the choir. Vocal selections by The King’s Singers include The Little Drummer Boy, Sussex Carol and a moving new arrangement of O Holy Night with the men of the choir. The highlight of the program is a spectacular staging of The Twelve Days of Christmas, with each day’s gifts fully represented in fabulous costumes. Other numbers with the choir include The First Nowell, Deck the Hall With Boughs of Holly, One December, Bright and Clear, What Child Is This? and Angels from the Realms of Glory. The program also features a reading of the Christmas story from the book of St. Luke by The King’s Singers, in their delightful English accents, as well as a set of three carols, sung in Spanish.

The program features the world-renowned Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square, and a holiday set with stained-glass church windows, snow-covered rooftops, and brightly lit trees. More than 80 dancers contribute to the festivities.

The production was recorded in Salt Lake City in December 2007 from four concerts performed before full houses, a combined audience of approximately 85,000 people. The concert is conducted by Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg, with organists Richard Elliott, Clay Christiansen and Andrew Unsworth. Thomas Waldron conducts the Bells on Temple Square. The announcer is Lloyd Newell. Costumes are designed by Utah Opera Company’s Sue Allred, with choreography by Carol Iwasaki, from the University of Utah Department of Ballet.

*For a complete schedule of holiday programming visit, wxxi.org/holiday.

For more information, visit www.mormontabernaclechoir.org.

Pictured: King's Singers and Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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