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Each year, the Christmas concert presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is seen by more than 85,000 people live and by millions more via television broadcast. It is a full-scale production featuring world-class musicians, soloists, dancers, narrators, and music that leaves viewers in awe of the Choir’s unmatched magnitude and musicality.
Following the success of last year’s CD Rejoice and Be Merry, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents Ring Christmas Bells, the next musical masterpiece in a series of highly acclaimed and commercially successful holiday albums. Ring Christmas Bells features Tony award-winning solosit Brian Stokes Mitchell, “Broadway's last leading man,” so dubbed the The New York Times, and narrator Edward K. Herrmann (Gilmore Girls, Eleanor and Franklin). conducted by Mack Wilber, this live concert is a holiday extravaganza every family will want to experience again and again.
DVD Bonus Features
- The Making of a Christmas Special: A 30-minute feature including interviews with key production members as well as many of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert guest stars throughout the years such as Walter Cronkite, Peter Graves, Edward K. Herrmann, Brian Stokes Mitchess, Audra McDonald, Renee Fleming, and Claire Bloom.
- Guest Artist Conversations: Intimate and in-depth interviews with both Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward K. Herrmann about their experience performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square
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 Gary - reviewed on September 28, 2009
Remember when you were a kid, and you really, really wanted a certain gift for Christmas, and how when you got up Christmas morning that you actually gotten it? Well, that's how it felt for me being at this concert last Christmas! Absolutely incredible program and the performances and musicality were beyond reproach. Just amazing. This DVD will definitely not disappoint.
A truly moving experience
by Dave - reviewed on September 18, 2009
My son and I came from Panama City, FL and were fortunate to have been able to see this performance live. It was a beautiful show, and my son and I were touched deeply. The Choir, Mack Wilberg, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Edward K. Hermann, all brilliant! When I came home, I shared the experience with everyone, and now they can finally see for themselves what I was trying to convey!
My Missionary loves it
by Michael - reviewed on November 25, 2009
Sent this recently to my son serving a mission in Argentina. In his email he said he loves this CD. It's a good one!
My thoughts after listening
by Customer - reviewed on September 29, 2009
Within the last five years I have become a huge fan of the choir, and I am continually impressed by their work. I love them so much that I was willing to by and listen to a Christmas CD in mid-September. I just couldn't wait. Ring Christmas Bells is a great listen. I have to admit first off that I was not as impressed this year as I was last. Brina Stokes Mitchell and the choir perform wonderfully, and the individual tracks are fantastic, but as a whole, the CD lacks flow. I would like to repeat though, the tracks are fantastic. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" took some getting used to, but I have warmed up to the new arrangement. Through Heaven's Eyes" has always been a powerful song, but the choir was able to take it to a whole new level. Richard Elliot (who has become my favorite organist) did not disappoint with "Go Tell it on the Mountain". "Angels from the Realms of Glory" has been performed better in previous CD's. Mitchell is a little overpowering at the beginning. "Grateful", although not particularly Christmasy, is beautifully performed. The song that most eloquently bears the spirit of Christmas is "Once in Royal David's City". It is sung simply yet powerfully. I could go on about each track, but I just have to say they each are inspiring, and I recommend strongly this CD to get you in the Christmas mood.
by Customer - reviewed on October 17, 2009
For the most part I loved this DVD. Several parts of it did get me teary eyed. Edward Hermann's telling of Henry Longfellow was one such moment, as was the choir singing "Once in Royal David's City." This is definitely a DVD worth owning, but I think I would like it even better if it had less of the secular and more of the sacred. The only thing that I really disliked was the imitating of the animal sounds in "The Friendly Beasts." This song has the potential of being beautiful and sublime. Imitating the animal sounds really kind of wrecked it for me. Overall though this is a great production and one worth having.
by Steven - reviewed on October 31, 2009
I enjoyed especially Brian Stokes Mitchell's Friendly Animals. It was great for the children to hear and see. Thank you. Very sensitive with the reading by Hermann.
by Tim - reviewed on January 04, 2010
I was not familiar with Brian Stokes Mitchell prior to this show, although I had seen him on the "Frasier" tv show. My wife and I saw this performance in person and were amazed. His rendition of "The Friendly Beasts" was quite moving. I agree with one of the earlier reviewers who said they wished there had been a little more sacred music and less secular, however. Mitchell and Hermann were wonderful, but I must say the choir has had better days, although they are still tremendous.
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