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KPBS Holiday Programming

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour And Nathan Gunn

Airs Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour And Nathan Gunn

Airs Monday, December 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: 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.

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.

Courtesy of Mormon Tabernacle Choir © Intellectual Reserve

Actress Jane Seymour narrates “Good King Wenceslas” and the story of the birth of Christ.

Courtesy of Mormon Tabernacle Choir © Intellectual Reserve

Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn joins the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Courtesy of Mormon Tabernacle Choir © Intellectual Reserve

Dancers 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.

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.

"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, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Also a distinguished concert performer, Gunn has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchster, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Video

Christmas Concert Press Conference with Jane Seymour, Nathan Gunn and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Above: Music, stories, dancers and the colors of the season fill the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, this weekend as capacity crowds in the tens of thousands attend the Church's annual Christmas concert. Each year 85,000 people attend the full-scale production in the Conference Center. This year's event features the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir; the 100-piece Orchestra at Temple Square; highly acclaimed American baritone soloist Nathan Gunn; award-winning British actress, artist and author Jane Seymour; 32 bell ringers; and 110 dancers.