Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville join the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a spectacular full-scale Christmas program that tugs at the heartstrings and bursts with the joy of the season. Hugh Bonneville's narration of the story behind the beloved hymn "It Is Well with My Soul" celebrates peace in the midst of tragedy, and Sutton Foster's crystal clear voice and vibrant stage presence thrills and captivates all in attendance.
The Tabernacle Choir:
The 360 members of the Tabernacle Choir represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions and range in age from 25 to 60. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their love for singing and their faith. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to form the choral group known all over the world as the Tabernacle Choir.
The Tabernacle Choir originated in the mid-19th century in Salt Lake City. As the Latter-day Saints moved west, Church President Brigham Young included musicians among members of the advance parties. Consequently, a small choir first sang for a conference of the Church in the Salt Lake Valley on August 22, 1847, just 29 days after the first group arrived. The origins of the Tabernacle Choir may be found in the desire and commitment of early converts to include appropriate music in both sacred and secular events.
The Tabernacle Choir has appeared at 13 world's fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of five U.S. presidents, and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. Five of the Tabernacle Choir's recordings have achieved "gold record" and two have achieved "platinum record" status. The most popular was the Grammy-Award-winning 1959 release of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" with the Philadelphia Orchestra.