November 16, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Santino Fontana, the voice of Prince Hans in the Disney film "Frozen," and 15-year-old recording artist Lexi Walker will be featured at this year's annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg.
In 2015, Fontana became the first guest artist to perform three times in the space of one year with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, including in the Christmas concert with the Muppets and the Pioneer Day concert.
As a Sony-recording artist, Walker's young career has included performances with Kristen Chenoweth, The Piano Guys, and Lindsey Stirling.
"A BYU-Idaho Christmas" will also feature the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, the Men's and Women's Choir, Vocal Union and dancers from the College of Performing and Visual Arts.
"We're thrilled to feature hundreds of our incredibly gifted students," said Rebecca Smith, co-director of the concert.
This year's theme, "Christmas: A Time of Giving" has already brought added meaning to many choir students who have been providing service in the community.
"In addition to the many hours they have spent rehearsal, many students have spent countless hours in planning and carrying out service in the community," Smith said. "In partnership with the LDS Church's Light the World campaign, the performers have begun devoting their hearts, talents, and minds to blessing those in need, lighting the world one beautiful light at a time."
Tickets for the concert are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. A Christmas buffet will be held at 6 p.m. in the Manwaring Center Grand Ballroom for an extra $20. Tickets are available online at www.byui.edu/tickets or on school days from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office (208-496-3170), located inside the University Store in the Manwaring Center.