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Oklahoma Mormon choir to mark Christmas with concerts

Oklahoma Mormons, along with singers from other faith traditions, will perform a free Christmas concert on Dec. 22 at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: December 8, 2012
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A former director of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir will visit Oklahoma City to direct a 300-voice choir of Oklahomans.

Craig Jessop will be guest conductor of the Oklahoma group for “Joy to the World,” two free Christmas concerts set for Dec. 22 at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. The concerts are sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Central Oklahoma congregations.

Walter Hobbs, managing director for the concerts, said the challenge in coordinating a mass choir is the rehearsal requirements. He said people in the choir have been rehearsing together since September in Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Moore and Norman. Participants from the four areas recently joined for a mass rehearsal in Moore and another is planned Sunday in Oklahoma City.

He said the choir and an accompanying orchestra are mostly made up of Oklahomans who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, representing 44 Mormon congregations across the state. However, Hobbs said the choir was opened to singers from other faith traditions that were willing to learn the music and commit to regular rehearsals. The choir will perform Christmas favorites including “White Christmas,” “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

“It's been an incredible journey,” Hobbs said Wednesday.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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