The annual Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City is a PBS tradition each season and this year some PBS veterans are joining the party for the first time: the Muppets will be featured guests for the 2014 show. Joining them will be Broadway star Santino Fontana, who appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in July for the Pioneer Day Concert. Fontana is the voice of Prince Hans from Disney’s hit movie Frozen.
“This year’s concert is going to be unlike any other,” said Ron Jarrett, choir president. “Joining Santino’s talents with the residents of Sesame Street will bring the childlike wonder of Christmas into our hearts and minds and remind us of the true meaning of the season.”
The carefully guarded announcement was made by the Muppets’ inconic character Elmo on Oct. 16, but exactly which of his furry colleagues will join him will be revealed weekly on the choir’s website, www.mormontabernaclechoir.org.
The annual Christmas concert is featured on PBS each season. Past guest artists range significantly from narrators such as Tom Brokaw and Walter Cronkite to musical talents such as Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, and David Archuleta, just to name a few. The concert tickets are free. This year’s event will be held December 11, 12 and 13th with a full 90-minute performance and a 60-minute performance as part of the Choir’s traditional weekly radio program on Sunday, December 14th.
Here is a clip from the 2012 concert featuring storytelling by Tom Brokaw: