Pioneer Day Concert: Music for a Summer Evening
Tickets have all been claimed. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line at the North Gate on Temple Square on Temple Square for last minute seating which is often available
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “Music for a Summer Evening,” their annual concert held in conjunction with Pioneer Day celebrations honoring the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in 1847. The concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.
Joining the Choir and Orchestra for this special summer concert will be Tony award nominee Christopher Jackson. Christopher also is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning songwriter/composer best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical, Hamilton. Christopher’s Broadway credits include The Bronx Bombers, In the Heights, Memphis and The Lion King. Christopher has a featured role in the hit CBS drama Bull. He recorded an original song written by Lin Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana that premiered last year. He has been a composer/songwriter for Sesame Street (6 Emmy nominations and 1 win), and co-music supervisor and writer for The Electric Company.
These summer concerts featuring music by the Choir and Orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included King's Singers (2016), Laura Osnes (2015), Santino Fontana (2014), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), Katherine Jenkins (2012), and Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2011). Prior concerts have been filmed and later rebroadcast on BYU Television. The summer concert of 2012 with Katherine Jenkins won for the Choir its second Emmy Award. (The Choir has since added a third Emmy Award for its Tanner Gift of Music concert with James Taylor.)