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Kelli O’Hara, Richard Thomas To Join Tabernacle Choir For Annual Christmas Concerts

Oct 25, 2019, 10:04 AM
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Kelli O'Hara

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square on Friday announced its featured guest artist and narrator for 2019’s Christmas concert.

Broadway singer and actress Kelli O’Hara and actor Richard Thomas will join the choir for its concerts Dec. 12 – 14.

According to a statement from the Tabernacle Choir:

Kelli O’Hara is one of the rare singers who has managed to find a home performing in Broadway musicals, concerts, and the Metropolitan Opera. Ms. O’Hara received her university degree in opera, and after winning the Oklahoma State Metropolitan Opera competition, she moved to New York City, where she made her debut on Broadway. She has received seven Tony Award® nominations, winning Best Actress in a Musical in 2015 for her performance as Anna in The King and I. She received an Emmy Award® nomination for her performance in The Accidental Wolf. In 2015 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow and has since returned as Despina in Cosí fan tutti. Her concerts, spanning from New York’s Carnegie Hall all the way to Tokyo, have gained international acclaim. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Ms. O’Hara has received two Grammy Award nominations for her solo albums Always and Wonder in the World.

Richard Thomas is best known for his leading role in the television drama The Waltons as the budding author John-Boy Walton, for which he won one Emmy Award and received nominations for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe awards. He starred in Stephen King’s miniseries It and played FBI Special Agent Frank Gaad in the series The Americans. He received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor for his role in the play The Little Foxes.

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Over the course of three nights, the concerts are seen by a combined audience of more than 60,000 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Conference Center, according to a Tabernacle Choir statement. Millions more are expected to watch the holiday special on PBS and BYUtv in December 2020.

Ticket holders are selected through a random process. Registration opens Oct. 25 at noon. Those wishing to register must do so before midnight Nov. 3. Click here for information on how to register. 

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Kelli O’Hara, Richard Thomas To Join Tabernacle Choir For Annual Christmas Concerts