King's Singers at choir concert

The King's Singers, one of the world's most sought-after vocal ensembles, will be the featured guest artists for this year's Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

This will be the fourth appearance with the Choir by this world-renowned a cappella men's group, composed of six men with London as their home base. The other appearances include a 1988 Tanner Gift of Music concert, as featured performers at a Cultural Olympiad concert during the 2002 Winter Olympics and on a Music and the Spoken Word broadcast in February 2006.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome back our dear friends, The King's Singers, as our guests for Christmas this year," said Craig Jessop, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. "They are consummate musicians who can perform everything from classical to contemporary and in between. Plus, they have a flair for comedy which should make this Christmas concert one of our most fun and festive ever."

The Christmas concerts will be presented in the Conference Center on Thursday, Dec. 13 (preview performance), at 8 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, both at 7:30 p.m. The weekly half-hour CBS broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word" on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Center will also feature The King's Singers as guest performers. It will be followed by a mini-concert with additional music from the concert program.

Craig Jessop and Mack Wilberg will conduct the choir and orchestra. John Longhurst, Clay Christiansen, Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth will accompany at the organ.

New Random Ticket Selection Process

Free tickets are required for these concerts and the "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast. Due to a very high demand for tickets to this event in past years, tickets will now be distributed through a random selection process.

Patrons may register on the Internet at for the opportunity to receive tickets starting Monday, Oct. 22, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access may register by telephone at (801) 570-0080 or, outside Salt Lake City, at 1-866-LDS-TIKS. All registrations received during those two weeks will have equal chances at receiving tickets in the random selection process which will take place starting Monday, Nov. 12.

Not all registrations will be selected to receive tickets, and only one registration per household can be accepted. The maximum number of tickets requested per household has been increased to eight.

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