2017 Pioneer Day Concert

Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with Christopher Jackson

Concert Information

2017 Pioneer Concert dates: July 14 and 15.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present their annual concert held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. 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 BombersIn 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.

On Saturday, July 15th, at 8:00 p.m. MST, the concert will be live streamed over the internet and through the Church satellite system to local areas where events have been planned in LDS buildings. For the live stream, the concert narration will be available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Information on viewing options will be available on this Pioneer Day web page. 

Admission to this event is limited to those ages eight and older. Patrons without tickets are invited to stand by for last-minute seating which is usually available each evening. The standby line will form at the North Gate on Temple Square at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

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.)