The pandemic may have prevented most in-person rehearsals the past 18 months, but that hasn’t stopped the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square from again reaching the coveted top spot on the Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart.
The week of November 27, 2021, the Choir's newest album Christmas Best hit number 1. This is the 15th time the Choir has made it to the top.
“The Choir’s mission, especially at Christmas, is to help people feel closer to the divine and to help them sense the great love God has for all his children,” said Choir President Michael O. Leavitt in a press release. “We hope in this season of peace, hope, and goodwill that these treasured Christmas songs on this album will touch hearts and homes everywhere.”
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The album's track list includes:
- Christmas Is Coming
- The Little Drummer Boy (“Carol of the Drum”)
- Christmas Children (from Scrooge)
- Ring Those Christmas Bells
- O Holy Night
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
- O Come, Little Children
- Somewhere in My Memory (from Home Alone)
- The Wexford Carol
- March of the Three Kings (“Farandole,” from L’arlésienne Suite, no. 2)
- In the Bleak Midwinter
- A Christmas Meditation (“Away in a Manger”)
- Silent Night
In addition to the new album, a commemorative DVD with highlights from the past 20 years of Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts is also available.
For those who would rather read than watch or listen, a commemorative book full of stories and photographs from previous concerts makes for an ideal Christmas read:
This coffee table edition is the perfect holiday keepsake for all ages and features photographs of the stage productions alongside the stories, which also includes a weblink to hear the stories from every performance.