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Behind-the-Scenes: Happy Medley - Santino Fontana

A behind-the-scenes look of the first and only rehearsal of the "Happy Medley", the popular song from the 2014 Pioneer Day Concert featuring Pharrell's "Happy", with Santino Fontana, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Orchestra at Temple Square. Hear Mack Wilberg and Fontana discuss the logistics of this crowd-pleasing piece.

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Happy Medley, with Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform a "Happy" Medley including "Happy" by singer/producer Pharell Williams.

Performed during the 2014 Pioneer Day concert, the medley includes:
"Sing Happy," from Flora and the Red Menace (Music: John kander/Lyrics: Fred Ebb)
"I Want To Be Happy," from No, No , Nanette (Music: Vincent Youmans/Lyrics: Irving Caesar)
"Happy Talk" from South Pacific (Music: Richard Rodgers/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein)
"Make Someone Happy" from Do Re Mi (Music: Jule Styne/Lyrics: Betty Comden/Adolph Green)
"Happiness" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Music/Lyrics: Clark Gesner)
"Get Happy" from Summer Stock (Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: Ted Koehler)
"Put on a Happy Face" from Bye, Bye Birdie (Music: Charles Strouse/Lyrics: Lee Adams)
"Happy" from Despicable Me 2 (Music/Lyrics: Pharrell Williams)

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Choir Begins 86th Year of Broadcasting — A Record!

It is an enviable record! Four thousand, four hundred twenty-six (4,426) completed broadcasts. Count them.

Since July 15, 1929 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been singing its way into the hearts of listeners in a weekly program. Its beginning was makeshift at best. A single microphone dangling over the Choir and a technician positioned on the basement stairs to cue the radio operator who then signaled the audio engineer who cued NBC headquarters in New York by telegraph. Thirty stations received that first program. Today, with its state-of-the art broadcast studio, Music and the Spoken Word is carried on television, satellite, cable and the Internet including the Choir’s own website mormontabernaclechoir.org and social media channels such as YouTube and Facebook.

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5 Unforgettable Pioneer Day Concert Moments

The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” debuts tonight and continues tomorrow. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m. The Choir will be broadcasting the concert on Saturday on its website—MoTab.org/PioneerDay—and BYUtv will air the program that night as well. Both are at 8 p.m. Mountain time. (BYUtv will also reair the concert on July 24 at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.)

Here are 5 memorable moments from past Pioneer Day concerts.

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Watch Pioneer Day Preview Videos

The Pioneer Day Concert 2014, “A Summer Celebration of Song” is just around the corner. It begins tomorrow and continues on Saturday. Tickets for the two performances are distributed but you can still be a part of the concert featuring Broadway and film star Santino Fontana. Standby seating will be available both Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of standbys are usually seated at Choir concerts and patrons are encouraged to come. The standby line forms at the North Gate of Temple Square at 6 p.m.

The Choir will be broadcasting the concert on Saturday on its website—MoTab.org/PioneerDay—and BYUtv will air the program that night as well. Both are at 8 p.m. Mountain time. (BYUtv will also reair the concert on July 24 at 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.)

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Behind The Scenes With Janice Kapp Perry: “What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?”

“What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?” is a poem written by Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Janice Kapp Perry’s niece Kathleen Blacker was battling cancer, she noticed a plaque on the wall above her bed with the poem written on it. Blacker said it brought her more comfort than anything, so she requested President Hinckley’s permission to print the poem on her funeral program. Her request was granted, with well wishes from the prophet.

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The Osmonds and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: Remembering the Pioneer Day Concerts

The Osmonds have been performing together for over 50 years, a remarkable feat to say the least. People all over the world have connected the Osmond family with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), for as long as they’ve been a household name. It only seemed natural to celebrate their 50-year anniversary with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so that’s just what they did. "Can you imagine 50 years? It's unbelievable, and the life they have lived, the example they have set, not only for the Church, but the entire world!" said Mac Christensen, former president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In July of 2008, the Osmonds joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the annual Pioneer Day concerts. Merrill Osmond said, "Everywhere we've traveled, people always bring up the Mormon Tabernacle Choir." People think of them as part of the extended Mormon family, he said, "but we haven't had a chance until now to join our voices with the choir in a united message for the world to hear about faith and family."

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