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Kurt Bestor’s Christmas concerts will go on — with a smaller audience everyone in masks

(Tribune file photo) Utah musician and composer Kurt Bestor will perform his annual Christmas concerts Dec. 10-12, 2020, at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City — with a smaller, socially distanced audience, and performers and audience all wearing masks.

Christmas is coming, pandemic or not, and Kurt Bestor is getting ready.

The Utah musician and composer announced Thursday that his 33rd annual “A Kurt Bestor Christmas” will be performed Dec. 10-12 at the Eccles Theatre, 131 S. Main St., in downtown Salt Lake City.

The show will have a different look, because of COVID-19 restrictions — with fewer people in the audience, and both audience and performers wearing face masks in the theater.

Even with masks and social distancing, Bestor said in a statement, “this year’s shows are going to be very special. In a way, it’s a coming together after more than nine months of being apart.”

MagicSpace Entertainment, which produces and books live shows for the Eccles, announced it would use some of the $200,000 “Create in Utah” grant money it received from the state of Utah to offer discounted tickets to Bestor’s concerts.

MagicSpace also will donate this year’s “Christmas tree” holiday art for the Eccles lobby. The work, “Aurora Borealis” by Utah artists Day Christensen and Brook Robertson, will be installed in early November.

The work, the artists said in a statement, “represents the wonder and the beauty of the northern lights and the magic of the winter sky.”

“A Kurt Bestor Christmas” will be performed Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 2, starting at 10 a.m., online at www.ArtTix.org, or by calling 801-355-ARTS.

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