Mormon Tabernacle Choir

PBS Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas special

Veteran newscaster Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a concert of holiday favorites and inspiring surprises.

Hundreds of pieces of candy attached to handkerchief parachutes fall from the ceiling to honor Gail “Hal” Halvorsen. Hundreds of pieces of candy attached to handkerchief parachutes fall from the ceiling to honor Gail “Hal” Halvorsen.Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Among the highlights is Boe’s stirring performance of his signature “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables. And as a surprise guest, the choir welcomes Gail “Hal” Halvorsen, the American “candy bomber” who dropped gum and chocolate for German children during the Berlin airlift of 1948-49. As Brokaw introduces Halvorsen after a dramatic reading of a story about the candy bomber, the audience jumps to its feet. Halvorsen, a Utah native and U.S. Air Force pilot, age 92 at the time of the concert, appears in his original 1948 flight suit surrounded by a crowd of children dressed in 1940s-style costumes as hundreds of pieces of candy attached to handkerchief parachutes fall from the ceiling.

Together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, Brokaw, Boe and Halvorsen bring the concert audience to its feet more than once. The concert was taped in December 2012 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City before combined audiences of 80, 000 people.

The program's song list includes seasonal favorites:

  • “Sing Noel!” A Christmas Processional
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  • “From Heaven on High”
  • Christmas at Home medley:
  • “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays”
  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
  • “Somewhere in My Memory”
  • “Bring Him Home"
  • “Christmas From Heaven”
  • “What Shall We Give?”
  • “Angels, From the Realms of Glory”
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