Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Updated Tue, Dec 10, 2013 9:28 am

Thursday, December 12 • 9:00 P.M.

Renowned veteran newscaster Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a concert of holiday favorites and inspiring surprises. CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING ALFIE BOE AND TOM BROKAW airs Thursday, December 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m. on WOUB, with encore on Tuesday, December 24, 9:00 p.m.

Hailed as “[the year that] may have topped them all” (The Salt Lake Tribune), CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING ALFIE BOE AND TOM BROKAW is a majestic and moving holiday concert.  

Among the highlights is Boe’s stirring performance of his signature “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, made all the more poignant because the concert was taped the same day as the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

As a surprise guest, the choir welcomes Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the American “candy bomber” who dropped gum and chocolate for German children during the Berlin airlift of 1948-49. As Brokaw introduces Halvorsen after a dramatic reading of a story about the candy bomber, the audience jumps to its feet. Halvorsen, a Utah native and U.S. Air Force pilot, age 92 at the time of the concert, appears in his original 1948 flight suit surrounded by a crowd of children dressed in 1940s-style costumes as hundreds of pieces of candy attached to handkerchief parachutes fall from the ceiling.

Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Brokaw, Boe and Halvorsen bring the concert audience to its feet more than once. The concert was taped in December 2012 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City before combined audiences of 80,000 people.

•    “Sing Noel!” A Christmas Processional
•    “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
•    “From Heaven on High” (Vom Himmel hoch)
•    Christmas at Home medley:
o    “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays”
o    “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
o    “Somewhere in My Memory” from Home Alone
•    “Bring Him Home,” from Les Misérables
•    “Christmas From Heaven” (story of the Berlin “candy bomber”)
•    “What Shall We Give?”
•    Christmas Story from Luke 2
•    “Angels, From the Realms of Glory”
•    “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

Alfie Boe
Popular operatic recording artist Alfie Boe is a familiar face on stages in both Great Britain and the United States. The celebrated British tenor sang the national anthem for the London Olympics, performed in the 25th anniversary of Les Misérables in London as Jean Valjean, and played the lead in a Broadway version of La Bohème, for which he won a Tony. He worked for a short period as a mechanic before having an opportunity to pursue what has become a very successful singing career. He trained as an opera singer at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio.
Tom Brokaw
One of the most recognizable news personalities in the nation, Tom Brokaw anchored the NBC Nightly News for more than two decades and also was a White House correspondent and an anchor on the Today Show. Brokaw has been on stage with the choir and orchestra before having joined them in 2011 to record “9/11: Rising Above, a “Music and the Spoken Word” special broadcast presented 10 years after events of September 11, 2001. He first became acquainted with the choir and Salt Lake City when he covered the Olympics in 2002.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The 360 singers of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the 150 instrumentalists in the Orchestra at Temple Square represent men and women from many different backgrounds and professions. The choir has appeared at 13 world fairs and expositions, performed at the inaugurations of six U.S. presidents and sung for numerous worldwide telecasts and special events. Five of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s recordings have achieved gold status and two have achieved platinum status. One of the most popular was the Grammy Award-winning 1959 release of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Orchestra at Temple Square, formed in 1999, is, like the choir, composed of volunteer musicians.