In celebration of the Christmas season, Brigham Young University-Idaho's 2016 performance of "A BYU-Idaho Christmas" will be broadcast across the state on Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV).
A 60-minute edited version of the concert will air on Monday, December 18, at 8:00 p.m. MST, Saturday, December 23, at 8:00 p.m. MST, and Sunday, December 24, at 5:00 a.m. MST.
The 2016 concert features the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Collegiate Singers, Concert Choir, Vocal Union, and dancers from the College of Performing and Visual Arts, with special guests David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco.
"This is the second year BYU-Idaho has worked with IdahoPTV to share 'A BYU-Idaho Christmas' with people across the state. As more friends and families make attending this concert an annual tradition, we hope others throughout the state are able to feel the spirit of Christmas as they watch these performances on IdahoPTV," said BYU-Idaho Media Relations Manager Brett Crandall.
"Our guest artists and audiences are consistently amazed that a production like this could come out of a small town like Rexburg," said artistic director Randall Kempton. "We are very fortunate to have the BYU-Idaho Center, an amazing technical staff and so many dedicated student performers."
But Kempton said the show is really not about showing off the performers and the facilities. "For us, sharing this concert on PBS is our Christmas gift to the state of Idaho, one we hope will uplift as well as entertain the whole family. We hope it adds something special to the spirit of Idaho's Christmas season."
Archuleta became a pop star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of "American Idol." He has a popular Christmas album entitled "Christmas from the Heart" and was featured in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas concert in 2010.
Pacheco is a classically trained tenor who has a passion for reaching out and uplifting people through music. "Introducing Nathan Pacheco" and "Christmas with Nathan Pacheco" began airing on PBS in 2012, and he was featured in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day concert in 2013.