Kelli O’Hara, Richard Thomas booked for Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert

Richard Thomas and Kelli O'Hara. Photos provided by LDS Church

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 25, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara and TV and film actor Richard Thomas, best known for his role as John-Boy Walton on CBS, have been booked for the Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert.

A statement released Friday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints made the official announcement, adding that the ticket-request link is now live.

“Kelli O’Hara is a tour de force performer whose beautiful and versatile voice will marry perfectly with the concert’s holiday repertoire,” said Ron Jarrett, president of The Tabernacle Choir.

“I also can’t wait to hear Richard Thomas narrate our Christmas story with his signature voice that will take us all back home to Walton’s Mountain.”

The performances will be at 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 13 and 14, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, immediately north of Temple Square.

Thomas, 68, is best known to television audiences as John-Boy from “The Waltons,” which ran on CBS for nine seasons beginning in 1972. Thomas has been seen in the 1990 miniseries “It,”  and on FX’s “The Americans” (2013-2016).

O’Hara, 43, a seven-time Tony winner, has appeared since 2000 in “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Light in the Piazza,” “The Pajama Game,” “South Pacific,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and “The King and I,” among other shows.

2019 marks the 20th annual Christmas concert offered.

“Under the direction of Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director, these powerhouse talents (Thomas and O’Hara) will ring in the Christmas spirit for audiences this holiday season,” the announcement says.

“These concerts are a visual and musical spectacle, a full-scale production of world-class music, dance, and storytelling with amazing visual effects. Over the course of three nights, the concert is seen by a combined audience of over 60,000 in the Conference Center, plus millions more will tune in to watch this holiday special on PBS and BYUtv in December 2020.”

Ticket requests

Ticket requests opened at noon Friday and will close on noon Nov. 3, the statement says.

“To learn more about the Christmas concert ticket selection process check here.  Ticket registration will be on the Choir’s website at to the Choir’s weekly newsletter and follow the Choir on social media for more details of a later second-chance ticket give-away contest in November after the random selection process has been completed.”


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