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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform with Grammy® Award-winning guest artists the King’s Singers, England’s six-man a cappella vocal ensemble, in a pair of concerts to celebrate Utah’s Pioneer Day festivities. “Music for a Summer Evening” will be held Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
The music will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.
Free tickets for these concerts are required and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on June 7 at noon at lds.org/events, by calling 801-570-0080 or at the Conference Center ticket office. Admission to this event is limited to those ages eight and older.
The concert will be live streamed on MormonTabernacleChoir.org (motab.org/pioneerday) at 8:00 p.m. MDT on Saturday, July 23. It will also be carried live over the Church satellite system and aired on BYUtv, both on that same date and time.
The King’s Singers are acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, energy and charm. The group was honored in 2009 for its Signum Classics release “Simple Gifts” and again in 2012 for its contribution to Eric Whitacre’s “Light and Gold” album on Universal/Decca.
The King’s Singers are one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s most frequent collaborators. They have appeared on the “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast. In fact, they will join the choir for the broadcast on Sunday, July 24, in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. The audience should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. No tickets are required for that performance.
They were also the featured guests on the 2007 Christmas concerts with the choir and orchestra, as well as on one of the Cultural Olympiad concerts held in the Tabernacle during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
These summer concerts featuring music by the choir and orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included Laura Osnes (2015), Santino Fontana (2014), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), Katherine Jenkins (2012) and Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2011).
Patrons are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances.
The Pioneer Day celebration commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847.