2017 Pioneer Day Concert

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with Alex Boyé

Concert Information

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square presented their annual concert "Music for a Summer Evening," held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. The 2017 concert was held on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center and was conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

The Choir was very pleased to announce that Alex Boyé, singer, entertainer, and mega-million-view YouTube artist, would be the guest artist for the Pioneer Day concerts. "We are delighted to welcome a performer who has received international acclaim for his unique style of music," said Choir president Ron Jarrett. "Alex brings to the stage musical talent, energy and charisma. His ability to involve and command an audience is a force to be reckoned with." 

Alex Boyé is known for his dynamic African-infused songs that have gained over 400 million views on YouTube. Named as the 2017 Artist of the Year and grand prize winner in a music contest sponsored by Pepsi & Hard Rock Cafe, he will perform a half-time show for NFL's Monday Night Football in December in Miami. He is a uniquely versatile artist with a style that appeals to all ages.  He has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, The Beach Boys, and opened for Olivia Newton John at the world-renowned Royal Albert Hall, fulfilling a life-time dream.  As an innovative YouTube artist, Mr. Boye’s unique and creative videos have been featured on Good Morning AmericaJimmy Kimmel Live!, and several Internet outlets.

On Saturday, July 15th, at 8:00 p.m. MST, the concert was live streamed over the internet and through the Church satellite system to local areas where events had been planned in LDS buildings. For the live stream, the concert narration was available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.  

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.)

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