"Sissel received her first U.S. Grammy nominations on December 6, 2007 for a collaboration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Spirit of the Season, a collection of songs from the choir’s 2006 Christmas concert featuring Sissel and the Orchestra at Temple Square, was nominated for the Best Classical Crossover Album of the Year, as well as Best Engineered Classical Album."
I do think the year Sissel was on was probably the best so far, that I've seen, anyway. Although, one of the articles about the most recent concert said it was expected to be the best concert they've ever done, or something.
The performer at this year's Christmas show will be Alfie Boe, with Tom Brokaw doing narrations. Another man? I don't think they've had a lady performer since 2009, when it was Natalie Cole! It's about time they have a lady on again! And I have someone in mind!
Of course, on TV this year, we'll be seeing Nathan Gunn and Jane Seymour.
I watched the show tonight with Nathan Gunn. He was very good. They showed In Dulcie Jubilo, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Silent Night, and Angels from the Realms of Glory (which they sing at the end every year). So, if Hayley's ever on, it's a given that she'll be singing that song at the end, too.
Jane Seymour was fine, too. I learned the story of King Winceslas.
From some tweets I saw from the MTC, the story for this year's show (airing next year) might include the story of George Washington and the Revolutionary War during Christmas. I could use a brush up on that story. LOL Tom Brokaw would be the one narrating.
I listened to Alfie Boe singing Bring Him Home a while back, because one of my favorite American skaters, Jeremy Abbott, is skating to that for his long program, and I just wanted to become familiar with the music before I saw him skate live at Skate America in October. I enjoyed Alfie's performance very much, so it'll be nice to see him on PBS next year. Jeremy's program is very beautiful, too, he's an excellent choroegrapher.. he choreographs his own programs sometimes! However, he missed one too many jumps.
If Hayley is ever on, one song I think she should do is her Te Harinui (or however it's spelled). The choir always includes lesser-known carols, including by the guest performers. I'm sure they'd love to include a Maori song, too! I would also hope for Veni and Coventry Carol, but anything would do! Maybe O Holy Night too! Or, Love Came Down at Christmas! Or.. like I said, anything! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
Unfortunately most of the videos in this thread have been removed due to copyright claims. However, here is an amazing organ solo by Richard Elliott on the Conference Center organ with lots of interesting close-up shots:
Improvisation on "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen":
I recommend viewing the video in full screen at the 720p HD setting.
There are more videos on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's YouTube channel:
Alfie Boe was excellent, as expected. First he sang Hark the Herald, then a medley titled "Christmas at Home". This included parts of the song that goes "There's no place like home for the holidays", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and the song from Home Alone (Somewhere in My Memory, maybe?).
Then, he sang the song I've been waiting for the entire year. Bring Him Home. Of course I can watch it anytime on youtube, but it was nice to watch it on the broadcast on TV instead. It was very beautiful, and it was nice to see the standing ovation at the end.
After that, Tom Brokaw (a famous national news anchor) narrated the story of the "Candy Bomber". It was a fascinating, heart-warming story. And then the Candy Bomber himself, who is now 92, was revealed live in person, on the stage. I think this was one of the more moving stories they've told throughout the years.
Then Alfie sang Angels from the Realms of Glory. I might have missed a song, but I just can't remember any other songs that he could have done. And of course, I'm sure there are more on the DVD.