LDS choir Christmas concert canceled due to pandemic

The Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Oct. 4, 2019 | Associated Press file photo by Rick Bowmer, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The annual Christmas concert by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ choir has been cancelled because of lingering concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performs during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Church members are preparing for more changes as they gather in Utah for a twice-yearly conference to hear from the faith’s top leaders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The cancellation of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s holiday concert announced Friday by church officials is the latest sign that disruptions to normal religious activity will continue through the holidays.

The Utah-based faith previously announced it would hold its twice-yearly signature conference in October without in-person audience as it did at the April conference.

The faith has limited activities at temples and allowed regular Sunday worship services to resume only where it’s allowed under local government rules and without safety measures. Its missionary program has shifted to focusing on online faith outreach.

The Christmas concert that has been canceled usually brings thousands to the faith’s 20,000-seat auditorium in Salt Lake City and features guest performers such as Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and actor Richard Thomas. It has been held for decades without disruption.

The choir, previously known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, also announced the cancellation of two other fall concerts and auditions.

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