Rolando Villazón was the 2016 Guest Artist
One of the world’s leading tenors and most beloved entertainers, Rolando Villazón, was the featured guest artist at the 2016 Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square on December 8, 9 and 10 in the Conference Center. Villazón also joined the Choir, Orchestra, and Bells for the Sunday broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word on December 11.
"Rolando Villazón is one of the great singers of our time," said music director Mack Wilberg. "Pairing his talent with that of the Choir and Orchestra will result in yet another majestic collaboration just as it did in our recent recording of Messiah" Villazón was one of four featured soloists on the Choir and Orchestra’s landmark recording of Handel’s Messiah which was released earlier this year
Rolando Villazón is renowned for his uniquely compelling performances with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world. Heralded as “the most charming of today’s divos” (The Times) and “a great singer and brilliant entertainer, at once extremely funny and deeply profound” (Crescendo). Rolando Villazón is among the most versatile artists alive today, maintaining successful careers as a stage director, novelist, and TV personality next to his on-stage career. An exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon, Rolando Villazón has recorded over 20 CDs and DVDs which have received numerous prizes.
Concert Ticket Distribution
Christmas Concert tickets were sold out. Patrons were able to request 4 tickets online, however, tickets were not be available through phone or in person. Standby seating was available. The standby line started at the flagpole east of the Tabernacle.
Instead of the random selection distribution of tickets used in prior years, tickets were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons were able to see which nights were available and knew at the end of their selection which night they received.
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Future Christmas Concert Dates
Dates subject to change.
2017: December 14-16
2018: December 13–16
Relive the 2015 Performance!
The 2015 Christmas Concert CD and DVD was released on October 7.
“Hallelujah!”—in just one word it sums up superbly all the enthusiasm, joy, and hope of Christmas. Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis in this inspiring concert.
Concert available in both CD and DVD formats. The CD includes all the concert music plus the special Messiah narration. The DVD includes all the concert music and special Messiah narration—plus bonus interviews with Laura Osnes, Martin Jarvis, and the Metropolitan soloists.