Will there be a Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Christmas concert this year?

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The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square sing during the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. The choir has seen audience growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

‘We have options, and the choir will not disappoint’

SALT LAKE CITY — The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square continues to play the waiting game.

The 360 singers haven’t met for their usual weekly rehearsals because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Live performances have been on hold since March. In April, the choir postponed its summer tour to 2021.

And with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ October session of general conference being completely virtual, the choir has planned to continue sharing pre-recorded “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcasts each week at least through the early fall, according to the choir’s general manager, Scott Barrick.

But the choir hasn’t yet made a decision about its annual Christmas concert — a sold-out tradition that includes renowned guest artists and, each December, draws 63,000 people to downtown Salt Lake City.

“Like everybody else, we’re still kind of waiting for things to unfold and see how they go,” Barrick recently told the Deseret News. “We’re sending our prayers heavenward that there are solutions that enable us to get the choir back together.

“But the sad reality is that singing is one of the most efficient ways of spreading this virus,” he added.

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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Kelli O’Hara performs with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Orchestra at Temple Square during a Christmas concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. The status of the this year’s Christmas concert hasn’t yet been determined.

In the meantime, Barrick said people can expect to see last year’s Christmas concert — featuring Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and “The Waltons” actor Richard Thomas — on BYUtv and PBS this year. He also said the choir has been exploring “options” for this year’s Christmas concert, although he didn’t elaborate on what those plans entail.

“We’re still in the analysis phase and seeing what makes sense and what recommendations will be approved,” he said. “But we have options, and the choir will not disappoint.”

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