Soprano Voigt, actor Rhys-Davies join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for Christmas
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has booked its Christmas dates: Soprano Deborah Voigt and actor John Rhys-Davies.
The choir announced today that Voigt and Rhys-Davies would take leading roles in the annual Christmas concerts, set for Dec. 12, 13 and 14 at the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.
Voigt, an American, recently appeared on PBS' "Great Performances," portraying Brunnhilde in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Wagner and Richard Strauss are high in her repertoire, and she's portrayed some of the great Italian opera heroines.
Rhys-Davies is best known for his roles in major action-adventure movies. He played Sallah, the Egyptian excavator and sidekick to Indiana Jones, in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." And he portrayed the combative dwarf Gimli, one of the nine in the Fellowship of the Ring, in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Tickets for the performances (and the special "Music and the Spoken Word" broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 15) are free, but are given out through a lottery. Those seeking tickets must registar on the LDS Church's events website, starting Saturday, Oct. 12, just after midnight, and running through Monday, Oct. 21. (For details, go to the events website.)
Free tickets for these concerts and the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast are required. Because of very high demand for tickets to this event, tickets are distributed through a random selection process.
Those interested may register on the Internet at www.lds.org/events for the opportunity to receive tickets from Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, 21 October 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access may register over the phone at 801-570-0080 (local) or at 1-866-537-8457. All registrations received during those 10 days will have equal chances at receiving tickets in the random selection process.
Not all registrations will be selected to receive tickets, and only one registration per household can be accepted. The maximum number of tickets that a household may request is four. Tickets will be mailed to those selected shortly after the registration process closes. Patrons not selected to receive tickets will be notified by email.
Standby tickets for those without tickets will not be issued. However, patrons are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening and on Sunday morning for the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square
The doors of the Conference Center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances and at 8:00 a.m. for the 15 December Sunday broadcast. The length of the evening performances will be approximately 90 minutes. The broadcast and mini-concert on Sunday should last roughly an hour. Seating is limited to those 8 years of age and older. Given the increase in traffic due to other scheduled downtown holiday events, guests are asked to allow extra time for travel and parking in order to be seated at least 30 minutes before the performance begins.