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James Taylor plus Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling in Choir Summer Concerts!

Hip hop, opera, and pop! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square can do it all, as this summer’s concerts will witness. Joining with up-and-coming LDS artists Lindsey Sterling and Nathan Pacheco at the Pioneer Day Concert Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, and with James Taylor and the Utah Symphony for the 30th annual Tanner Gift of Music concert on Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, the Choir will be crossing “generational and cultural boundaries,” says Choir President Ron Jarrett.

For those not familiar with Lindsey and Nathan, both are new, bright, shining stars on the music scene. Lindsey, a classically-trained violinist, first came to the public’s attention in 2010 as a quarterfinalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent for combining the melodic sounds of the violin with the dynamic energy of hip hop—and dancing at the same time. Her YouTube videos have been viewed over 300 million times.

Nathan is a versatile opera-to-pop tenor who has toured North America with famed composer Yanni, performed across Britain with Katherine Jenkins (last year’s Pioneer Day concert guest) and the London Symphony orchestra, and performed for Prince Charles.

James Taylor, guest artist for the Tanner Gift of Music concert in September, is known and loved by music fans everywhere. His music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal form. His career spans four decades, with close to 100 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards won. His warm baritone, introspective lyrics, and unique guitar sounds are immediately recognizable. In 2011 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama at The White House, and in 2012 James was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

This concert will mark 30 years since the first Tanner Gift of Music concert in 1983, which was the Verdi Requiem. The series was created by two friends, Obert C. Tanner and Gordon B. Hinckley, to build bridges in the community through a free biennial concert of the Choir and the Utah Symphony. Mack Wilberg will conduct the Choir and Symphony in this anniversary concert.

Tickets are available for the Pioneer Concerts—at no cost—at www.lds.org/events or by calling 801-570-0080. Check back later in the summer for James Taylor/Tanner Gift of Music tickets.

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