Interfaith concert unites in celebration of Christ

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Jenny Oaks Baker is one of the many highly acclaimed performers for the interfaith concert celebrating unity in Christ. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Oaks Baker.)
Jenny Oaks Baker is one of the many highly acclaimed performers for the interfaith concert celebrating unity in Christ. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Oaks Baker.)

For the first time in the history of the Salt Lake Tabernacle, members of seven different religions will unite their voices in a musical celebration of Christ this Christmas season, to be recorded and distributed worldwide.

The concert, “A Celebration of Christ,” taking place at the Tabernacle Nov. 30, will feature headliners such as world-renowned violinist Jenny Oaks Baker, Vocal Point and Kevin Olusola, the cello boxing virtuoso of Pentatonix.

“The whole idea of the show (is) to unite the faiths in Christ, and that really is the focus of the show,” said Victor Deauvano, producer and director for the event.

Multiple Christian faiths are represented in the showcase, including members from the Seventh-day Adventist, First Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.

The concert will feature two children’s choirs and a full symphony. The production recording will then be distributed around the country as an hour-long holiday special.

“The LDS faith is misunderstood by 99.9 percent of the world,” Deauvano said. “We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and want to unite people in faith through music and word.”

The show is more than just another Christmas concert, Deauvano said, but an experience combining music with special effects to honor Christ in a unique way. Just one example of the incredible effects during the concert is that the dome of the Tabernacle will showcase footage of candelabras, transforming the venue into a lit cathedral during a Gregorian chant.

Jenny Oaks Baker will perform at the interfaith concert celebrating unity in Christ. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Oks Baker.)
Jenny Oaks Baker will perform at the interfaith concert celebrating unity in Christ. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Oks Baker.)

“We’re talking about unity all wrapped in a very entertaining, spectacular show,” Deauvano said.

One of the main performers is acclaimed violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, a Juilliard graduate and Grammy-nominated musician.

“Anytime I can use my talents to bring people to Christ, I am very excited,” Baker said. “It is a concert that will really edify and uplift people.”

Baker will be performing multiple numbers from her new album, “Noel: Carols of Christmas Past,” that came out last year, including “Carol of the Bells,” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

“I love to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for all of his children,” Baker said. “And I feel that really strongly when I perform sacred music.”

The concert is a great way to bring many believers of Christ together, Baker said, because music can bring the Spirit into the hearts of listeners.

“Music is the language of God and really can carry the Spirit,” Baker said. “I hope people in the audience feel that.”

The concert, sponsored by the Foundation 4Life, will take place on Nov. 30 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 4:30 and 8:00 p.m. Limited tickets can by purchased at LDS.org/events or by calling 801-570-0080.

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