Video: Broadway’s Michael Maliakel and British actress Lesley Nicol talk about performing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Church News video features response of guests participating in 2023 Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert

For Broadway singer and actor Michael Maliakel, The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s Christmas specials were a “crucial part of Christmases in my family growing up.”

Maliakel and British actress Lesley Nicol joined the Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra and Bells at Temple Square and Gabriel’s Trumpets as the featured guest artists during the 2023 Christmas concerts Dec. 14-16 and “Music & the Spoken Word” on Dec. 17. 

This Church News video, “Christmas Concert 2023,” shares about the concert and what Maliakel and Nicol said about performing with the choir and orchestra.

“I can’t believe I’m doing this, honestly. Like it, it feels really, really special,” Maliakel said of singing with the Tabernacle Choir. 

Lesley Nicol and Michael Maliakel in the Conference Center
Lesley Nicol and Michael Maliakel speak about performing with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s 2023 Christmas concert at the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Nicol narrated the story of how author Victor Hugo and his wife, Adele Hugo, began to have Christmas banquets in their home for orphaned and needy children. 

“I feel it’s just the most exquisite thing to be standing next to, because the music is so glorious, and the singing is so glorious. I’m kind of like in a warm bath,” she said about being on stage with the choir and orchestra. 

Maliakel said: “It will be hard to top Christmas after this Christmas.”

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Orchestra at Temple Square perform in the Conference Center with Christmas on either side of the stage and projected around the pipes.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Orchestra at Temple Square perform during their annual Christmas C=concerts at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
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