Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square: Featuring Audra McDonald and Peter Graves (DVD )(edit)
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Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and veteran movie and television star Peter Graves join with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in an extraordinary musical Christmas celebration. This spectacular performance of the Choir's 2004 Christmas concert also features a special guest appearance by a prima ballerina from Ballet West, Utah's highly acclaimed dance company, performing two selections from The Nutcracker.
Capturing the musical spirit of the season, the program blends traditional and contemporary favorites such as "Angels from the Realms of Glory," "Deck the Halls," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silver Bells," and "We Need a Little Christmas." Poignant African-American spirituals such as "I Wonder as I Wander" and "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" showcase the remarkable talents of Broadway singer and actress Audra McDonald. A memorable narration of "In Search of the King," based on a story by Henry Van Dyke, and a reading of the Christmas story from the New Testament by Peter Graves, add to the rich variety of the program. This magnificent presentation will be a holiday favorite for years to come.
About the Author
The 360 members of the Mormon 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 Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Mormon 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 Mormon Tabernacle Choir may be found in the desire and commitment of early converts to include appropriate music in both sacred and secular events.
The Mormon 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 Mormon 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.
Another fine Christmas
by Douglas - reviewed on November 02, 2005
The colors, the Sound, everything is perfect on this DVD. The Choir is excellent as always and Audra McDonald is so incredible, she's breathtaking. Peter Graves has always been one of my favorite actors, but he seemed a bit under-rehearsed. There is also dancing and ballet, that's my daughters favorite part. If you want to be in heaven, if only for a short time, this is a great video to take your cares away.