Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
(Rochester, NY) - Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas special featuring some of the season’s best-loved songs. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn airs Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). The program, filmed last December over four concerts in the Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, is a majestic performance featuring the Bells on Temple Square, a stage decorated as a medieval castle, dancers in regal costumes, fanfare trumpets and falling snow. This special also airs Tuesday, December 25 at 10 a.m. on WXXI-TV/HD.
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn opens with the Choir, Orchestra and Bells joined by Jane Seymour in “Sing Forth This Day.” Also on the program are “And God Said: The Day Shall Dawn,” from King David, as well as holiday classics such as “Deck the Hall” with the Choir and Orchestra; “In dulci jubilo,” “Twas the Night before Christmas” and “Silent Night” with Nathan Gunn accompanied by the Orchestra and Choir.
Seymour narrates “Good King Wenceslas,” arranged by Choir Music Director Mack Wilberg for Choir, Orchestra and Bells. She also narrates the story of the birth of Christ from Luke 2. The concert closes with “Angels, From the Realms of Glory,” the traditional French carol arranged by Wilberg for Choir, Orchestra and Bells with Nathan Gunn as featured soloist.
Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Paris Opera. Also a distinguished concert performer, Gunn has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Decorated English actress Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually every medium: the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Her stellar acting career has been marked with honors and recognitions, including Golden Globes for “East of Eden” (1981) and “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” (1993) and a 1988 Emmy Award for “Onassis: The Richest Man in the World.” In 2000, she was the recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE), bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, and in 2010 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York.
For a complete list of holiday programs on WXXI-TV/HD, Classical 91.5, and AM 1370 visit WXXI.org/holiday.
Image: Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
Image credit: Courtesy of Mormon Tabernacle Choir © Intellectual Reserve
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