Broadway singer and actress Lea Salonga, who is the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from ‘Aladdin’ and Fa Mulan for ‘Mulan’ and ‘Mulan II’, will be the Tabernacle Choir’s guest performer at the Temple Christmas Concert Square, choir officials announced Friday, Oct. 21, on Doug Wright’s “The Movie Show” and on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
After two years of pandemic precautions, the concert will be open to the public this year, as the 2020 concert was canceled and the 2021 concert had a limited audience.
“We are delighted to have Lea Salonga with us as we welcome the community to the Conference Center for our Christmas concerts,” said Mack Wilberg, the choir’s director. “Her compelling voice will bring the holiday spirit into the hearts of our audience with joy, peace, light and love.”
Salonga won a Tony Award for her role in “Miss Saigon”. She has also won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World awards. For her portrayal of the Disney Princesses, the Walt Disney Company awarded her the honor of “Disney Legend”.
Salonga’s 2022 Dream Again Tour and 2019 The Human Heart Tour saw sold-out audiences and record sales in North America and the UK. She currently stars in the HBO Max series “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin”. Passionate about technology and video games, Salonga divides her time between the United States and Manila, in the Philippines.
Salonga said during the announcement that this was her first time performing with the Tabernacle Choir and it was an experience she is looking forward to.
“The sound that everyone makes – and in harmony – is just beautiful,” she said of the choir. “So it’s going to be a treat for my ears.”
The concert – featuring the 360-voice choir, instrumentalists from 85 Orchestra at Temple Square and 32 bell ringers from Bells at Temple Square – will take place at the Temple Square Conference Centre.
Tickets are free but compulsory for the concert, which will take place from Thursday December 15 to Saturday December 17. Tickets are not required for the “Music & the Spoken Word” show on Sunday, December 18.
Tickets are distributed through a random selection process and are limited to two per household. Registration opens Friday, October 21 at noon and closes Sunday, October 30 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Full details can be found at tabchoir.org/Christmastickets.
Admission will be open to people aged 8 and over. As was the case with the recent general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the number of tickets given out will be limited due to construction in and around Temple Square, according to the announcement.
In 2020, the live concert was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The choir and orchestra leaders worked with BYUtv to produce the “20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir” special with Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, which aired in 2021.
In 2021, the concert had a limited audience. Broadway star Megan Hilty and actor Neal McDonough joined the Temple Square Choir, Orchestra and Bells and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble for a performance that was recorded for broadcast this year. The concert, “O Holy Night,” will air on PBS on Tuesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. EST and on BYUtv on Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m. EST.
The Tabernacle Choir’s first Christmas concert was in 2000 with soul singer Gladys Knight and “Touched By An Angel” actress Roma Downey. In 2001, “Murder, She Wrote” actress and “Beauty and the Beast” singer Angela Lansbury joined the choir and orchestra.
PBS began airing a 60-minute recording of the previous year’s concert in 2004. Since 2017, BYUtv has joined the choir to produce the specials.
For more information, visit TheTabernacleChoir.org.