“20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir,” a particular, two-hour anniversary retrospective program hosted by Broadway legend and Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, will debut at 8 p.m. ET tonight on PBS, PBS.org, and the PBS video app. On Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, it’ll debut on BYUtv, BYUtv.org and the free BYUtv app.
Performances by over 40 visitor artists and narrators who’ve starred on this conventional Christmas live performance over the previous 20 years can be featured within the retrospective program. These artists and narrators embody Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Kelli O’Hara, Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes; R&B singer Gladys Knight; the late jazz singer Natalie Cole; pop singer David Archuleta; newscasters Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw; historian David McCullough; the Muppets from “Sesame Avenue”; actors Jane Seymour, Hugh Bonneville, Richard Thomas, the late Ed Herrmann, John Rhys-Davies, Roma Downey, the late Peter Graves, Claire Bloom, Michael York and Martin Jarvis; and opera stars Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Nathan Gunn, Alfie Boe, Sissel and Rolando Villazón. Collectively, the featured company have received 34 Grammy Awards, 19 Tony Awards, 14 Emmy Awards, 10 Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, one Academy Award, a Display Actors Guild Award and an Olivier Award.
This particular, two-hour “20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir” retrospective replaces the standard TV particular that might have been created from a reside Christmas live performance in 2020; this needed to be cancelled due to COVID restrictions. In new segments filmed in November 2020 that adopted COVID protocols, Mitchell joined a handful of socially-distanced orchestra members and the choir’s musical director, Mack Wilberg, in an empty, 21,000 seat Convention Heart on Temple Sq. in Salt Lake Metropolis to report Christmas classics. The choir additionally joined Mitchell and the orchestra in its first-ever, all-virtual efficiency.
Beside the airings on PBS and BYUtv, ”20 Years of Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir” could be bought as a DVD. A companion e-book, “Souvenir Christmas Tales: Vacation Favorites as Carried out with The Tabernacle Choir,” options narrations and coloration images from most of the Christmas live shows. “Christmas Greatest,” an audio recording of choose Christmas music by the choir and orchestra, additionally is out there to stream, obtain or buy at SmartURL.it/ChristmasBest2021.
“20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir” is co-presented by GBH, the most important creator of PBS TV and on-line content material, and BYUtv, the tv residence of the choir’s weekly program, “Music & the Spoken Phrase.” BYUtv produced the particular.