Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville will be the featured guest artist and narrator, respectively, at this year’s Christmas concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square.
Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, performances will be held December 14–16 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The free performances are seen by over 60,000 audience members each year as well as millions more in PBS television specials and also this year on BYU Television.
“Sutton Foster’s crystal-clear voice and vibrant stage presence will pair wonderfully with the Choir and Orchestra. She will be an absolute delight for audiences,” said music director Wilberg in a statement. “We are equally privileged to have the talents of Hugh Bonneville as our narrator bringing to life a story specially tailored to him about joy and peace at Christmas.”
“Each year there is a new theme for the Christmas concert which magnifies the strengths of our guest artists,” added Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “With Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville headlining the concert, audiences will experience a full-scale production of world class music, dance, and storytelling with amazing visual effects in the Conference Center.”
Foster has starred in 11 Broadway shows, including her Tony-winning roles in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She can currently be seen as Liza in the acclaimed TV Land comedy series Younger.
Bonneville is best known to American audiences for his role as Robert, Earl of Grantham in ITV/PBS Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey, for which he received a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. His many film credits include Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men, and the two Paddington movies. He made a celebrated return to the stage last year in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at Chichester Theatre.
The Grammy and Emmy-winning all-volunteer Mormon Tabernacle Choir is made up of 360 men and women; they are accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, a 150-member symphony, and the Bells on Temple Square, a 32-member handbell choir that are also all volunteer.