Mack Wilberg and Ron Jarrett share favorite moments from Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts


Though The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square may not be physically performing this year, many will experience the joy of the Choir’s 2019 concert, Christmas Day in the Morning, from their homes beginning Monday, December 14.

Choir director Mack Wilberg and choir president Ron Jarrett recently joined the Church News podcast and shared favorite memories from Christmas concerts through the years.

As part of the episode, Wilberg and Jarrett look back on some of their favorite memories from Christmas concerts through the years. Jarrett recalls the year honoring Gail Halverson as the Candy Bomber with parachutes dropped from the ceiling.

“Another one for me was the flying that we did when we were telling the story of Christmas and looking out over the old cities, and the narration that went on,” Jarrett says. “That was truly an amazing experience.”

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Wilberg focuses his answer on favorite moments from the 2019 concert with Kelli O’Hara and Richard Thomas. He discusses how listeners experience the majesty of O’Hara’s Broadway voice but also her classical training. He also says a highlight is Thomas’s reading of Christmas Day in the Morning.

“It’s really a story about home and family,” Wilberg says. “As I was writing the music for that presentation, I was very touched by the story of a father and a son, and how this son does a very simple thing as a Christmas gift to his father. I think that people will be very moved by that.”

Wilberg also gives Choir fans plenty to look forward to as he mentions that he has been doing a lot of composing during the pandemic. Listen to the full podcast at Church News.

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Celebrate the Christmas season with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square as they are joined by Kelli O'Hara, acclaimed Broadway star and frequent performer at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas. The CD Album and DVD are now available at

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