Choir video to become Easter special

A Tabernacle Choir video, "In a Land Called Israel," has become a television Easter special to be shown to millions of viewers throughout the world. And a telecast of the video will be shown between general conference sessions on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, in those areas where conference is received on the Church satellite network.

Two hundred stations across the United States and Canada have confirmed, as of March 7, dates to air the program as an Easter special. Potentially, more than 105 million people in the United States and Canada will view the program, as it will be airing in major markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland and Seattle.Internationally, more than 6,000 stations throughout Europe, Africa, the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Pacific will air "In a Land Called Israel," with a potential audience reach estimated at more than 600 million. Narration of the broadcast has been translated and distributed in 11 languages.

Produced by Bonneville Communications, the program traces the Tabernacle Choir's visit to the Holy Land in December 1992 and January 1993. The production includes selections conducted by Jerold Ottley, such as "Jerusalem of Gold," "How Great Thou Art," "Sing Unto God," "The Lord Is My Shepherd," "Hallelujah" from the "Mount of Olives" oratorio, "Lord, I Would Follow Thee," "Hallelujah, Amen," and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."

The video was made of the choir singing in settings of significance in the Savior's life, such as Shepherd's Field outside Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee and the Mount of Olives. It also includes scenes at the Garden Tomb.

Although the choir has performed in more than 25 countries, sung for heads of state and recorded five gold albums, the Holy Land visit is considered by many to be its "most inspired performance."

For information pertaining to airing of the program, viewers should check local listings, contact their local Church public affairs directors, or call Bonneville Communications at (800) 247-6655.

In Utah, the program will air April 3 at noon on KSL, and at 7 p.m. on KBYU.

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