The holiday season will soon be upon us and the annual holiday performances by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be held on December 14-16, 2017, in the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joining the Choir will be the Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square. Award-winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster, will be the featured guest, and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville will be the narrator for the concerts. Mack Wilberg will conduct the music along with associate music director, Ryan Murphy.
President of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Ron Jarrett, commented, “Each year there is a new theme for the Christmas concert, which magnifies the strengths of our guest artists. With Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville headlining the concert, audiences will experience a full-scale production of world-class music, dance, and storytelling with amazing visual effects in the Conference Center.”
Sutton Foster, one of Broadway’s most accomplished performers, and best known for her Tony Award-winning roles, has starred in 11 Broadway shows, and stars as Liza in the highly acclaimed TV Land comedy series “Younger.” She previously starred in “Bunheads.” Her Broadway performances include her Tony Award-winning roles in “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” as well as originating roles in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “Shrek the Musical.” Music Director, Mack Wilberg, said, “Sutton Foster’s crystal-clear voice and vibrant stage presence will pair wonderfully with the choir and orchestra. She will be an absolute delight for audiences.”
Foster is also a distinguished solo artist and has toured the country with her hit solo concert, featuring songs from her debut solo CD, Wish, and her follow-up CD, An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Café Carlyle.” She has also performed on stages at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.
“We are equally privileged to have the multi-talented Hugh Bonneville as our narrator bringing to life a story specially tailored to him about joy and peace at Christmas,” said Wilberg. Bonneville is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Robert Cawley, Earl of Grantham in ITV/PBS Masterpiece’s Downtown Abbey for which he received a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. His film credits include Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men, and Paddington. He most recently portrayed Lord Mountbatten in Viceroy’s House.
Complimentary tickets will be available beginning Saturday, 21 October 2017, at 10:00 a.m. MDT, at lds.org/events. Patrons can request four tickets online; however, tickets will not be available through phone or in person. Additional ticket information is available at mormontabernaclechoir.org. This year, the performances will also be broadcast on BYU Television.