Kristin Chenoweth to join The Tabernacle Choir for 2018 Christmas Concert

Contributed By Aubrey Eyre, Church News staff writer

  • 19 October 2018

Kristin Chenoweth will be this year’s featured guest artist and narrator at The Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert.  Photo by Bryan Kasm.

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  • Kristin Chenoweth will be the featured guest and narrator at the annual Christmas concert.
  • Reserve tickets Saturday, October 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Tickets for The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s annual Christmas concert will be available beginning Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m.

Kristin Chenoweth, one of Broadway’s most well-known performers, will be the featured guest and narrator of this year’s annual Christmas concert by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square.

Best known for her role as Glinda in Broadway’s original 2004 production of Wicked—which earned a Grammy Award for its cast album in 2005—Chenoweth is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer whose career has included prominent roles on stage, film, television, and concerts.

“Kristin Chenoweth is larger than life,” said Ron Jarrett, president of The Tabernacle Choir, in a press release. “I just hope the Conference Center can contain her performance!”

As a classically trained coloratura soprano with a master’s degree in opera performance from Oklahoma City University, Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences at both Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Her role in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown won her a Tony Award in 1999, and in 2009 she won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the television show Pushing Daisies.

Also, Chenoweth is one of just three musical theater stars to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for a solo concert. In 2015, Chenoweth launched a Broadway Bootcamp charity that partners with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in Oklahoma, where she is from, to help train young students hoping to reach Broadway.

Kristin Chenoweth will be this year’s featured guest artist and narrator at The Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert. Photo by Bryan Kasm.

“Kristin Chenoweth will be among the most versatile voices to grace the conference hall stage,” said music director Mack Wilberg in a press release on Friday, October 19. “Just like the choir and orchestra, she is comfortable in a variety of styles, and we are delighted she has accepted our invitation to perform with us.”

As one of the most anticipated concerts of the year, the annual Christmas concert at Temple Square features world-class music and dancing with story tellings and visual effects. And this year, Jarret said, “We have a very special concert planned to showcase [Chenoweth’s] tour de force talents, which will ring in the Christmas spirit in an unforgettable way.”

The concert is held over the course of three nights and is anticipated to be seen by over 60,000 people in the Conference Center from Thursday, December 13, to Saturday, December 15.

Tickets

Tickets will be available beginning on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. mountain daylight time. Tickets can be found at lds.org/events. Patrons will be limited to requesting four tickets online, and tickets will not be available by phone or in person. For tickets, click to create an account here.

In order to request tickets, patrons must create a username and password by going to lds.org/events and clicking on the “My LDS Tickets” icon. Due to high demand for tickets, patrons are encouraged to create an account prior to Saturday’s ticket availability.

Name change

The Tabernacle Choir, which was known for the past 150 years as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently changed their name in response to an announcement by President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The choir is an all-volunteer 360-voice choral ensemble that has won multiple Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award. The 150-member symphony known as the Orchestra at Temple Square and the 32-member handbell choir known as the Bells on Temple Square will accompany the choir and guest artist.

The choir is internationally recognized and has performed in seven U.S. presidential inaugurations and 13 world’s fairs and expositions. Additionally, they perform weekly for the oldest continuing radio network broadcast program, Music and the Spoken Word, which is in its 90th year.