Nathan Gunn, Jane Seymour to join Mormon Tabernacle Choir for annual Christmas concerts

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  • InspectorC Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    For those who may question the Choir's choice of Nathan Gunn, here's a blurb about him from a Choir press-release which just came out this afternoon.

    Hopefully this will convince you to get excited about their choice of performers:

    "Gunn has appeared in opera houses around the world from the Met in New York to the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Paris, Bilboa and Brussels Operas and so many more. In addition he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, London, and Rotterdam Symphony Orchestras. He also got rave reviews for his role in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall."

    This gentleman is a WORLD-CLASS performer!! I'll admit I was not familiar with him, either. But have NO doubts, he's among the best of the best worldwide, bar none!

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Oct. 7, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    neilfan, So people like Natalie Cole are also unknown to the general public?
    Ease up girl and enjoy the show. Not all of us live and die with dwts & agt.
    And if you haven't heard of Nathan Gunn nor heard him sing, then you truly are not in a position to question brother Wilberg nor his choices. Much less to question his inspiration.
    Sounds like you need an early dose of the Christmas spirit, so............ Merry Christmas!!

  • OC Surfer Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Oct. 7, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    Only fitting Jane Seymour is narrating the MoTab Christmas Concert. Locally here in Southern California, the Orange County Mormon Choir performed at one of Jane Seymour's charity events.

  • InspectorC Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    To: April Rain @ 11:13 PM


    There is a Brian STOKES Mitchell, and
    There is a Brian DAVID Mitchell.
    (but there is NO "David Stokes Mitchell", as you accidentally wrote)

    The first is a fabulous singer, Broadway star and human being.
    The second is a demented child kidnapper and rapist, who's now in prison.

    It's too bad their names are SO similar!

  • Neilfan12 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 7, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    RE: AprilRain... Mack Wilberg chooses the musical guests by inspiration? By "inspiration" are you suggesting by divine inspiration from God? I'd say no. This isn't something holy... God probably doesn't care one way or the other who takes part in the concerts, I think He has bigger things to worry about.

    Also, just because someone is a professional doesn't mean their choices can't be questioned by us... look at John McCain in 2008 (he made an extremely poor choice). Man did we ever dodge a bullet then.

  • April Rain Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    I had never heard of David Stokes Mitchell before the Tabernacle Choir Concert a couple years ago. We happened to get tickets and loved it thoroughly. Each concert is carefully planned, you can be sure, and to second guess Mack Wilberg who is a consumate professional conductor is not our place. I have sung with 3 Tab Choir Director's and they are the ones who receive inspiration as to who should participate.
    Though it isn't possibly this year due to his travel schedule already in place, I would very much like to see the Choir bring Alfie Boe to SLC (Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe,(born September 29, 1973 in Blackpool, Lancashire),He sang the lead of Jean Valjean in the 25th Anniversary performance of Les Miserable at the O2 Arena in Greenwich,UK presented by Cameron Mackintosh on October 3, 2010. It has been a phenomenal year for him since and would be fantastic if the Choir could have him be the soloist in a coming year. His wife Sarah is from SLC and they have bought a home here. They have a 3 yr old daughter (Grace) and are expecting their second child in a few months.

  • MarkA Logan, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    It doesn't matter who they invite because the choir and orchestra are always the best part of these shows. I'd like to see them spotlighted more.

  • Neilfan12 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    RE: three11stu... It's true that many don't know who Jackie Evancho is, but she IS more well known than Nathan Gunn. I'm willing to bet money on that. "America's Got Talent" is a popular TV program that reaches all across the country, reaching a much more broader audience than who Nathan Gunn may appeal to (I had never heard of him until today's announcement).

    I'm not suggesting Jackie is a mega star (yet), but she's a rising one who many know. Do a random sample of 10 people on the street and you'll probably get at least 2 or 3 (possibly more) who have heard of Jackie, with none having heard of Nathan. The reason I'm sure of Jackie placing higher is the TV exposure and since classical/opera & Broadway have quite a small audience I say chances are none will have heard of Nathan. I'm VERY into the music & entertainment world in general and I haven't heard of him.

    Either way, me being right or wrong, I would just prefer seeing Jackie Evancho.

  • Lectori Salutem Beautiful Salt Lake Valley, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    I was lucky enough to get tickets for last year's concert with David Archuleta as the guest artist (huge Archuleta fan here). The music was incredibly beautiful and inspiring and set the tone for the Christmas season. Although Archuleta was the main attraction for me last year, I was so impressed by the rest of the program that I will try for tickets again this year and hope that I will be fortunate enough to win some. Meanwhile, I will watch the DVD of last year's concert again and again and again while I wait for this and Archuleta's Christmas concert at Abravanel Hall on the 19th.

    I so appreciate this wonderful gift to the community. The choir is amazing, as always, and the orchestra, dancers, organists, etc., are all incredibly talented. Mack Wilberg is a musical genius.

    Gonna keep my fingers crossed for tix! To those who mentioned Jackie Evancho, I would love for her to be a guest artist in the future. What a voice!

  • CWJ Layton, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    If Jane Seymour is coming, I'll be getting my ticket. Thanks MoTab for making my Christmas something to cheer about. (nevermind the mid fortyish going on grey guy drooling at the concert)

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Yeah, those dang that run the church don't have any idea what they are doing, do they? Well, all I can say is Jane, all class and Hubba Hubba!

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 4:53 p.m.

    And Jackie E. did a duet on AGT with Sarah Brightman and did more than just hung in there.

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    @Neilfan12: Funny how you complain that nobody has heard of Nathan Gunn, but then give a suggestion for somebody that probably few people have heard of themselves.

  • Neilfan12 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    RE: Utah Girl... Google Jackie Evancho, or better yet look for videos of her singing on YouTube (then you can see her sing). She's 10 years old and won (or took 2nd, can't remember which) on "America's Got Talent" last year, and the voice coming out of her sounds like it's in her 20's, very fine operatic style voice. After you've watched her sing a song or two, come back and let me know what you think.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    Wow! I'm so thrilled that Jane Seymour is coming.

    If anyone remembers, she was a special guest of the Church when it celebrated its 150th year in Britain.

    She's a great example of morality. Speaking of morality, is she going to reprise her role from The Wedding Crashers, kinda like Angela Lansbury did hers from Beauty and the Beast? I hope so.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    @ Neilfan12. I've never heard of either Nathan Gunn or Jackie Evancho, so either way it would be an adventure of discovery for me. I trust the Choir leaders to enlist the performances of the people they believe will fit the situation. Jane Seymour is a beautiful woman (including her eyes, each with a different color!), and a wonderful narrative voice. We won't be able to go, but I sure will get the DVD next year. This program is the Choir's gift to the community, and beyond, each Christmas.

  • Neilfan12 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    They made the wrong choice, I'm unhappy with them picking Nathan Gunn for the musical guest. Has anyone ever heard of him? Typical of them, always picking people the general public has no idea who they are (except for last year with Archuleta).

    The musical guest this year should've been Jackie Evancho. She's the type of singer you normally seek (opera/classical), also children are almost synonymous with Christmas so she would be a perfect fit. Hopefully they'll try to get her for next year's concerts.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Jane (Seymour) has come a long way since being a Bond girl...

  • InspectorC Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    The annual MoTab Christmas Concert is THE BEST THING about the holidays!!

    Some years we get in, and other years we don't (so then we buy the DVD). Well..... we buy the DVD every year, even if we DO get tix!

    Go! You'll thank me.