Tabernacle Choir offers 'Christmas sampler' on TV

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is being featured on a syndicated Christmas television special this season.

"A Christmas Sampler" is a one-hour special in which the choir shares billing with Broadway and television personality Hal Linden.Producer Margaret Smoot said the program will play in most markets throughout the United States through the Christmas season, ending Dec. 31. Many stations plan to air the special twice during that period, she said. Viewers should check their local TV schedules for details.

"A Christmas Sampler" was produced by KSL Television and Video West, Salt Lake City. Its first showing in 1986 won a regional Emmy, a bronze medal from the New York International Film and Video Festival, and a Gold Award from the Utah Broadcasters Association.

The show is a panoramic holiday journey, from silver bells in Rockefeller Center to marching toys in Disneyland. Linden provides the narration for this musical sampling of America's yuletide traditions. The choir, surrounded by a display of live trees and poinsettias in the Tabernacle on Temple Square, sings seasonal favorites such as "Silent Night," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "White Christmas."

The 330-voice choir is under the direction of Jerold D. Ottley.

The choir on Nov. 20 received the distinguished National Recognition Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge "for furthering the great ideals of America through artistry in music." (See Nov. 26 Church News.)

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