Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Rolando VillazÓn performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square during their Christmas concert in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. The concert will be broadcast on KUED on Dec. 15 and BYUtv on Dec. 17.

SALT LAKE CITY — “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Rolando Villazón” will air this December for those who missed the 2016 performance in the Conference Center. The TV special, which showcases Villazón’s rich tenor voice, is part of a long tradition of Christmas concerts performed by the award-winning choir since 2000. According to Mormon Tabernacle choir director Mack Wilberg, the opera singer added a unique Latin flair to the occasion.

“Rolando is one of the great singers and most versatile artists alive today,” Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir said. “What makes Rolando so special is the deep love for his Latin-American culture, which he brings to his performances as both singer and narrator. Pairing his incredible talent and entertaining character with the Choir and Orchestra results in yet another wonderful collaboration, and we are delighted to share this magic with our audiences this holiday season.”

Additional highlights in the program include the "Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square, dancers, and actors to deliver an unforgettable program of music, pageantry and storytelling,” according to the Mormon Tabernacle website.

The 2017 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert will be held at the Conference Center Dec. 14-16. with special guests Sutton Foster, a Tony award-winning Broadway star, and acclaimed British actor Hugh Bonneville, along with the Orchestra and Bells on Temple Square.

The 60-minute special will air on KUED Friday, Dec. 15, 8:00 p.m., MST. A 90-minute version will also play on BYUtv Sunday, Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m., MST. For additional airtimes, visit byutv.org.