Home for the Holidays (CD)

by Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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As seen and heard by more than 80,000 people in the LDS Conference Center, Home for the Holidays is the live recording of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2012 Christmas concert. This year’s release features internationally acclaimed TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award–winning Les Miserables tenor Alfie Boe.

The Choir also welcomed surprise-guest Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the renowned Candy Bomber of World War II. Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, these three special guests delivered an unprecedented excitement to the stage that brought all in attendance to their feet more than once during the night.

Hailed as the performance that “may have topped them all” (Catherine Reese Newton, The Salt Lake Tribune) this year’s release is bound to be an instant success!

    Tracklist (DVD)
  1. Jingle Bells [2:55] Choir, Orchestra, and Bells
  2. Sing Noel! A Christmas Processional [4:38] Choir, Orchestra, and Bells
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [5:13] Alfie Boe with Choir and Orchestra
  4. I Wonder as I Wander [5:14] Alfie Boe with Orchestra
  5. From Heaven on High (from Weihnachtslied), Felix Mendelssohn [4:48] Choir and Orchestra
  6. God Bless the Master of this House (from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons), arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams [4:22] Choir and Orchestra
  7. Christmas at Home: (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays, I’ll be Home for Christmas, Somewhere in My Memory [7:10] Alfie Boe with Choir and Orchestra
  8. Bring Him Home [5:02] Alfie Boe with Orchestra
  9. A Christmas Waltz Fantasy: The Christmas Waltz; Silver Bells; Sleep Well, Little Children [7:45] Choir and Orchestra
  10. Sleigh Ride [3:24] Organist: Richard Elliott
  11. Christmas From Heaven [13:22] Featuring Tom Brokaw, Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, Choir, Orchestra, and Bells
  12. What Shall We Give? [4:40] Choir and Orchestra
  13. Luke 2 [2:24] Tom Brokaw with Orchestra
  14. Angels From the Realms of Glory [4:38] Alfie Boe with Choir and Orchestra

    Bonus Features (DVD)
  • Backstage with Tom Brokaw and Alfie Boe
  • Exclusive footage with Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber

    Technical Specs (DVD)
  • Running time: Approx 78 minutes
  • DVD: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio-Ehanced for 16:9 TVs
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound
  • Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

    Tracklist (CD)
  1. Jingle Bells [2:55] Choir, Orchestra, and Bells
  2. Sing Noel! A Christmas Processional [4:38] Choir, Orchestra, and Bells
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing [5:13] Alfie Boe with Choir and Orchestra
  4. I Wonder as I Wander [5:14] Alfie Boe with Orchestra
  5. From Heaven on High (from Weihnachtslied), Felix Mendelssohn [4:48] Choir and Orchestra
  6. God Bless the Master of this House (from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons), arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams [4:22] Choir and Orchestra
  7. Christmas at Home: (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays, I’ll be Home for Christmas, Somewhere in My Memory [7:10] Alfie Boe with Choir and Orchestra
  8. Bring Him Home [5:02] Alfie Boe with Orchestra
  9. A Christmas Waltz Fantasy: The Christmas Waltz; Silver Bells; Sleep Well, Little Children [7:45] Choir and Orchestra
  10. Sleigh Ride [3:24] Organist: Richard Elliott
  11. What Shall We Give? [4:40] Choir and Orchestra
  12. Angels From the Realms of Glory [4:38] Alfie Boe with Choir and Orchestra

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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.

For more information visit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir fan page on Facebook.

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A treat!

by  Stephanie  -   reviewed on  December 10, 2013

This years concert featured Lt. Hal Halvorson, the REAL Candy Bomber from WWII and the story was told by famed journalist, Tom Brokaw. Vocals from Alfe Boe, who plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserable adds his handsome tenor to the voices of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. There was fun dance numbers and the best part of all…was when they dropped, quite literally, a surprise on all the guests! It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. My kids' favorite part? The organ solo! Sleigh Ride by Richard Elliott was incredible! He played all the parts, by himself… such a treat!

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Beautiful

by  Lisa  -   reviewed on  December 08, 2013

Each year the Mormon Tabernacle Choir puts on a performance for the Christmas season. Each year it is beautifully done. This particular performance was from Christmas 2012 and is now available for everyone to enjoy, rather than just the live audience who were present for the original performance. There is a magical quality for me when viewing the DVD or listening to the CD. The choir is well know for quality music. It adds many levels to the performance when they add a guest performer. Alfie Boe has a beautiful voice. I loved to hear him perform in this concert. For me an added bonus was the feature of "Christmas From Heaven". I recently reviewed that book and accompanying DVD on my blog. It is truly stunning. This is perfect for music lovers who revel in Christmas performances.

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Amazingly beautiful.

by  Heidi  -   reviewed on  December 03, 2013

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the beautiful music that I get to hear. And the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Choir DVD release is at the top of that list. Last year's concert had Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw as guests. I'm not sure what to say except that it is wonderful as it is every year. I marvel at the amazing choir, the talented guests, dancers, bell ringers, and orchestra. The music is beautifully arranged and performed. The costumes are gorgeous and decorations stunning. As is usual, there were several numbers that I hadn't heard before. It's nice how they choose both well known favorites as well as lesser known but just as beautiful pieces as well. And the organ solo is mind boggling. I think my favorite number this time is "Bring Him Home" sung by Alfie Boe from Les Miserables. It just gave me chills. Highly recommended for those who love beautiful Christmas music.

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The Best LDS Entertainment I've Ever Experienced

by  Logan  -   reviewed on  November 05, 2013

I've seen a lot of LDS "Entertainment," from historical sites to pageants to performances on Temple Square. Without a doubt, this was one of the most enjoyable events I've been to in connection with the church. The music was fantastic, Alfie Boe was incredible and the story and re-enactment of "The Candy Bomber" with Tom Brokaw narrating was really moving. My wife and I have talked about giving this as a Christmas gift to our families because it was such a great performance. I'd pay $20 to see this once, let alone to have it to watch every year! So glad it is available on DVD.

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FABULOUS SHOW!

by  nancy  -   reviewed on  October 29, 2013

I attended this performance, and it was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Although the Choir was sensational and the toe-tapping piano solo was fabulous, the candy bomber was the highlight of the show and brought home the true meaning of Christmas. From the wonderful narration of Tom Brokaw to the beautiful songs sung by Alfie Boe, this show will definitely get you into the holiday spirit.

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