The Muppets® from Sesame Street®
When The Muppets® from Sesame Street® performed with the Tabernacle Choir in 2014, they weren't just inspiring others with a spirit of love and generosity—they were also on the receiving end.
Carol-Lynn Parente, the executive producer of Sesame Street® shared, "At Sesame®, we always are proud of sort of this high bar we have towards excellence, and to work with another organization that has an even higher bar than we do has been a joy and a privilege." Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, or Abby Cadabby as she is known on Sesame Street®, was also touched:
"What surprised me about being in the experience was the way I felt inside hearing the voices and feeling them in my heart and the resonating of being surrounded by the Choir and how you could feel it from the inside out . . . Every once in a while I get this breath of overwhelming when I hear the strings come alive and the music come alive and everybody blending together. I wasn’t really prepared for that type of feeling or emotion—that magic.”
John Rhys-Davies, perhaps best known for his role as Gimli in The Lord of the Rings, performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert in 2013. He said the following about the Choir:
“I’m a Welshman, you see, and I grew up in a little mining village, so I grew up hearing the Choir singing in Welsh. And of course, anyone who knows about choral music has to know that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has for years been a wonderful choir. The music is magnificent and I cannot tell you—the presentation, the professionalism, the quality. What an experience. What an experience! Oh, dear me."
According to the Deseret News, actor Jimmy Stewart called his experience directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during a scene from Mr. Kreuger's Christmas the most unique of his career. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir shares this additional quote from Stewart: “I have always felt that we needed to put the emphasis on what Christmas is really all about, and this story does that…the chance to stand in front of that choir that I have adored all my life was just impossible to resist.”