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THE WALTONS’ Richard Thomas Announces Musical Special With Tabernacle Choir

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THE WALTONS’ Richard Thomas Announces Musical Special With Tabernacle Choir

By Movieguide® Staff

Richard Thomas, the Emmy-winning actor who famously played John-Boy Walton in the hit ’70s series THE WALTONS, recently announced a Christmas special called “Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir.”

The music special is Americana-themed and will celebrate soulful holiday traditions, songs and stories. Thomas, who will host the event, is joined by Tony-winning star Kelli O’Hara. The production team filmed the live concert before the pandemic.

Thomas said that he listened to the Tabernacle Choir his whole life and is excited to be a part of this year’s rendition.

“I’ve been listening to their magnificent singing my whole life and we had their Christmas album on the family record shelf while I was growing up,” Thomas told Fox News. “And, I knew the concert was a wonderful one. I’d seen it aired. It’s, I think, the 17th version of it.

“So when they called and invited me to be the reader for the current one and told me that Kelli O’Hara was going to be the singing artist guest, I just jumped at the chance,” Thomas continued. “I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year. I made a lot of Christmas movies. And so this felt like exactly what I wanted to do.”

Thomas said that he hopes the special will bring joy into many people’s homes who have suffered from the pandemic.

“It’s been a really rough time for everybody, of course, and nothing can make it all go away and seem better. However, we were able to do this concert last December before the pandemic hit, so we were all together in the theater, I mean, 20,000 people at each performance and everyone on stage together,” Thomas remembered.

He continued: “I think offering this concert in a fully live form is going to give people a lot of comfort and make them just feel like they’re in the room with lots of people, which is what we all need. And we will all have it again. We’ve just got to get through this. And I think this particular iteration is going to really be a lovely offering this year for people.”

Thomas said that the concert is a must for anyone who loves the Christmas season. He hopes that families are encouraged to spend time together.

“If they’re Christmas lovers like I am, I hope they have a wonderful Christmas moment and they’re able to really indulge in the beauty of the holiday and the majesty of the singing and the whole experience and that that will enrich their Christmas holidays. But for anybody, I think, it will be a wonderful opportunity to hear beautiful music,” Thomas said.

“Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir” airs Dec. 14 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.

 

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