Why You Can’t Get Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert Tickets This Year


This article was first published under the title ChurchBeat Newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter every week in your inbox.

It is the most difficult ticket in church entertainment.

Usually, people make a total of 1 million requests for tickets to attend one of the three annual Tabernacle Choir live performances at the Temple Square Christmas concert in the conference center. The capacity of the building is 21,000, so in a typical year up to 63,000 people see one of the concerts, which are filmed and then edited into a Christmas special on PBS and BYUtv.

It’s not a normal year.

On the one hand, the choir’s gradual approach to coming back from the pandemic meant officials weren’t able to plan a concert this year until October. On the other hand, there are no tickets this year. The choir will record the special Christmas 2022 PBS / BYUTv concert in front of a much smaller audience consisting only of choir family members and a small number of guests.

“We only decided to do a concert this year two months ago,” said Tabernacle Choir Music Director Mack Wilberg. “Most years we think about the next year before we actually execute the plans of the previous year.”

Audio is already in the box, but the show will be shot Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the two headliners:

  • Broadway star Megan Hilty just stepped out of her appearance earlier this month on NBC’s music special “Annie Live!” She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Broadway Show in 2016, when she won the Broadway.com Audience Award in that category. She also played Glinda the Good Witch in the Broadway production of “Wicked”.
  • Award-winning actor Neal McDonough is a devout Catholic who was once fired from a network show for refusing to do sex scenes. He played Lieutenant “Buck” Compton in “Band of Brothers” and has appeared in over 100 films and nearly 1,000 hours of major television series. He won two Satellite Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

Wilberg was still writing music last week for this week’s recording. That’s why he didn’t come to New York for the press conference on the choir’s $ 100,000 donation to the Actors Fund. Instead, he joined a panel discussion by Zoom. At the end of the call, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell encouraged Wilberg to return to his piano to finish the music for the concert.

Mitchell told the press conference that the Tabernacle Choir typically only rehearses the songs from the Christmas concert three times. Wilberg said he had an issue with printing the music for one of the songs the choir will be filming on Friday, so the choir has only repeated that song twice.

Of course, given the strict musical requirements for joining the choir, its members are adept at picking up material quickly.

And for the record, the choir and Orchestra and Bells on Temple Square and the trumpet ensemble – nearly 500 people for the Christmas concert – are still tested for COVID-19 every time they get together, said. Scott Barrick, general manager of the choir.

My recent stories

Video Message from President Nelson: Acts of Service Can Light the World with Christ’s Love on Christmas (December 16)

Church completes general manual update and completes two-year project (December 15)

Helping Hands, Latter-day Saint Charities Prepares to Help Tornado Victims (December 14)

2 suspects arrested in Latter-day Saint missionary shooting at church in Alabama (December 14)

Salt Lake Temple Renovation Project to be Completed in 2025 (December 13)

What i read

President Dallin H. Oaks rededicated the Mesa Arizona Temple on Sunday.

A young sister missionary survived the eye of a tornado in the deadly storm last Friday night.

First, Quentin L. Cook spoke in Oxford about the “precious precursors” of British history to major American documents on religious freedom. Next, President Oaks explained at a university in Rome why religious freedom is “a fundamental characteristic of our religious doctrine” and is a blessing to society. One notable example he shared was that Latter-day Saints “volunteers have donated over 6 million hours of labor in our social and humanitarian projects, not including missionary service and what our members have done.” in private “.

The church opens its first mission in Rwanda.

Returning missionaries can now choose to share their contact information with mission leaders in the Member Tools app.

It’s Christmas season and if you’re into Nativity scenes, check out this beautiful photo gallery of a wide array of small Nativity scenes hosted by a Latter-day Saints congregation in Oklahoma. Thanks to Tulsa World for posting the photo report.

Nice response to a church donation of 44,000 pounds of food to Hunt County Shared Ministries / FISH, a pantry east of Dallas, Texas. FISH is named after Jesus’ miracle of feeding the 5,000 a few fish and loaves of bread. “They’re going to be blown away by this,” the pantry executive director said of 15 other pantries and agencies that source from FISH. The media regularly writes stories like this, but I haven’t shared one for a few months.

New data shows an unfortunate trend for Americans to watch more news and opinions on cable than five years ago. Hats off to my colleague Jennifer Graham for including this data in her article on Chris Wallace and Brian Williams departures in cable news.

I found an interesting analysis of how good Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were if they had not allegedly taken performance enhancing substances. They were both set for Hall of Fame careers without them, but many baseball analysts believe their careers extended with them. This analysis shares the idea of ​​a computer model of how many home runs bonds were expected to hit and how many games Clemens was expected to win after their alleged improvement.

How Latter-day Saint teens in Texas made their own donation machine to help Afghan refugees.

In the wings

While in New York City last week, I pulled up to the church donation machines in front of the Christmas tree and the Rockefeller Center ice rink.
Tad Walch, Deseret News

Items 150-58 in the church donation machines at Rockefeller Center allow users to purchase donations from the Actors Fund.

Items 150-58 in the church donation machines at Rockefeller Center allow users to purchase donations from the Actors Fund, as shown in this photo on December 8, 2021, in New York City.
Tad Walch, Deseret News

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree premieres on December 8, 2021 in New York City.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree premieres on December 8, 2021 in New York City.
Tad Walch, Deseret News


Comments are closed.