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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square unite with award-winning pop sensation David Archuleta and Grammy award nominee Michael York for an energetic Christmas celebration of magnificent proportion. Recorded in front of live audiences totaling over 80,000 in the Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, this spectacular event combines elegant dancing, masterful musical performances, and dignified storytelling. Complete with Yuletide favorites like "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," this memorable performance also includes unique music like "Los pastores a belen," sung by David Archuleta entirely in Spanish. Michael York's touching tale about the humble beginnings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, together with moving organ, choir, and orchestra performances make this production an invaluable treasure. Take home this live holiday celebration today and enjoy it for many Christmases to come.
- Processional: "A Christmas Roundelay"
- Joy to the World
- The Cat and the Mouse Carol
- Three Classic Christmas Choruses
Gloria in excelsis" from Mass in C Minor
"Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres" from Hodie (Vaughan Williams)
- Los pastores a belen
- Silent Night
- Three Dancing Carols
- A Holiday Hoedown for Organ ("Deck Them Halls")
- Sing, Choirs of Angels!
- Away in a Manger
- Luke 2: The Christmas Story
- Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Go with us to the Conference Center soundstage and hear David Archuleta and Michael York describe their unique experiences in performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
- Runtime: approx. 65 minutes
- Subtitles: SDH
- Language: English
- Region: All
- Format: Widescreen
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.
by Lucy - reviewed on November 07, 2011
From beginning to end an amazing way to invite the Christmas spirit into your home! David Archuleta's performance of Silent Night brings peace into your heart. I highly recommend this on Blu-ray or DVD.
by William - reviewed on December 20, 2011
I will probably never get the opportunity to attend a live MTC Christmas concert so I look forward to seeing them each year on my local PBS station. This year's concert seemed rushed and badly edited. The choir was perfection as always and Mr. Archuleta was a refreshing and delightful soloist. The program was so esoteric and lacking in familiar music of the season, it left me cold. I loved the spectacle of the dancers and the exquisite musicianship of all involved, but I'm glad I have my DVD's of previous concerts with Audra McDonald and Renee Fleming to enjoy.
by Leah - reviewed on January 10, 2012
I was there for this Live Concert and find the DVD a great keepsake. If you have Blu Ray, I recommend that version. The only thing I missed was some of David Archuleta's commentary. I thought that added to the gentleness and genuineness of his interaction with the audience. Being able to hear David's wonderful voice and getting closeups was a benifit, however and I've worn one DVD out already. I gifted this to numerous friends and I've gotten three rave reviews from them. Of course they enjoyed the choir and dancing too! Now that it is on sale for 1/2 price, it is a great time to buy now and enjoy year round or gift for next year. This is a Once in a Lifetime adventure. I went this year too and it was nice but did not compare to 2010 for me. (I'm biased though as a David Archuleta fan)
Just Like Being There
by Customer - reviewed on November 07, 2011
Loved the live performance! My favorite Christmas Concert ever! The DVD is done so well! Just like being there!
Wonderful, beautiful production!
by Customer - reviewed on December 29, 2012
What a gorgeous production of Christmas music and dance with the fabulous choir, incredible orchestra and the special guests. Michael York, is a great storyteller and narrator. David Archuleta is just wonderful. His beautiful voice, the sincerity and joy he exudes, along with his heartfelt rendition of the songs, bring through the Christmas spirit so beautifully. Just loved him and the entire production!
Beautiful!!! Simply Beautiful!!!
by Customer - reviewed on December 24, 2011
This was another benchmark of sophistication and good taste. I am so grateful that at least one faith remains a repository of great music, since as a Catholic, I get less and less of this music with each passing year. Archuleta is OK, and his voice is pretty, but lacks the refinement of the orchestra and choir---his phrasing is choppy, but with PERFECT intonation.