Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir

Rochester, NY – The 17th annual Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir holiday special featuring Tony Award®-winning star Kelli O'Hara and renowned actor Richard Thomas airs Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The TV special filmed during The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Christmas concerts in 2019.

"As a kid, I used to listen to The Tabernacle Choir on my grandparents' record player, so I am proud and thrilled that I am able to take part in this Christmas special," said O'Hara. "Nothing could have prepared me for this experience, of hearing the voices of the Choir filling the space behind me, of everyone coming together to be part of something greater than ourselves, and to celebrate oneness, love and hope. It reminded me of why I started singing in the first place. This is an extraordinary program for our extraordinary times, and I hope that it can serve as a balm for our weary hearts this holiday season."

Added Thomas, "The Tabernacle Choir's music was a part of all my childhood Christmases, so it's just thrilling to be a part of this concert and to plug all of my love of Christmas into the experience." He continued, "It was all one could ask for to perform with Kelli, who is one of America's preeminent singing actresses. Whatever faith tradition you come from, beautiful music is beautiful music, and expressions of caring and humanity and of aspiration are all the same for us. This program is filled with those sentiments and can bring all kinds of people together, especially in these difficult times."

O'Hara and Thomas join Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winner The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square along with Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells at Temple Square in an Americana-themed program that exudes the warmth and peace the season can bring. The repertoire draws from a number of American musical traditions including folk, bluegrass, Broadway and African-American spirituals. It features well-known Christmas favorites as well as lesser-known holiday carols and ballads. As the program's narrator, Thomas complements the music with nostalgic readings, including an adaptation of Pearl S. Buck's "Christmas Day in the Morning," an excerpt from Robert Frost's beloved poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and the Christmas story from Luke 2.

Photo: Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas
Credit: 2020 Intellectual Reserve, Inc

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