Temple Square’s popular outdoor Concerts in the Park series continues through August with eight concerts scheduled at Brigham Young Historic Park. In addition, five other concerts are set for the Assembly Hall and one in the Tabernacle, making a total of 14 Temple Square concerts for the month.

In August, concerts in the Brigham Young Historic Park begin at 7:30 p.m. and are open to families and children of all ages. Concerts in the Assembly Hall and Tabernacle also begin at 7:30 p.m. and are limited to persons eight years of age and older. All concerts are free.
Saturday, August 1-Marvin Goldstein, a highly acclaimed pianist, arranger, and entertainer, will perform in the Assembly Hall a program of medleys from popular Broadway shows, movies, love songs, etc.  Medleys will include pieces from Phantom of the Opera, the Sound of Music, the Man from Snowy River, Fiddler on the Roof, patriotic pieces, and a medley of Arabic and Jewish selections from Israel. 

Friday, August 7-Organist James Welch, will present a program entitled “Two Symphonies for Organ” in the Tabernacle.  The two pieces he will play are Louis Vierne’s Symphony No. 1, op. 14, and the premiere of Utah composer Rulon Christiansen’s Lyric Symphony.  Mr. Welch is a member of the Santa Clara University music department faculty in California.  He received his doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from Stanford University and has performed around the world.

Saturday, August 8-Tenor Karl Christensen, baritone Paul Otterstrom, and pianist Lawrence Gee will share their talents in concert together in the Assembly Hall.  Their program will include show tunes, folk songs, classical selections, and spiritual pieces from composers such as Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Moses Hogan, Georges Bizet, Edwin McArthur, and Celius Dougherty.

Saturday, August 15-Pianist Nicole Biggs will play in the Assembly Hall Fantasy in C Minor by Mozart, three movements of Images by Debussy, Transcendental Etude no. 11 “Harmonies due Soir” by Liszt, Five Bagatelles by Ferguson, and Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D minor.  The winner of several international piano competitions, Ms. Biggs has performed in Carnegie Hall and other locations in the United States, as well as in China and Italy.

Saturday, August 22-Shane and Andrea Haag, tenor and soprano- husband and wife team, will present a program of pieces by Puccini, Barber, Fauré, Schubert, Donizetti, Giordano, and others in the Assembly Hall.  Andrea has performed leading roles in West Side Story and Pirates of Penzance, and has been in the chorus of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Blitzstein’s Regina with Utah Opera.  Shane has performed with the Salt Lake Symphony and with Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble and has had leading roles in several operatic productions.

Saturday, August 29-The Beehive Statesmen Chorus, under the direction of Beth Bruce, will share a fun program of familiar tunes in typical barbershop harmony in the Assembly Hall.  The award-winning chorus, consists of approximately 65 men.

In addition, 30-minute organ recitals during August will be held in the Tabernacle weekdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Sunday organ recitals are held in the Tabernacle at 2:00 p.m.

Also, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals are open to the public in the Conference Center on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m.  “Music and the Spoken Word,” featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 9:15 a.m. for the 30-minute broadcast.

For Temple Square Performances information, call 801-240-3323.

“Concerts in the Park”
Brigham Young Historic Park

Temple Square Performances presents the popular “Concerts in the Park” series on Tuesday and Friday evenings in the Brigham Young Historic Park, located on the southeast corner of State Street and Second Avenue.  All ages are welcome to attend any of the concerts held in the Brigham Young Historic Park.

The August park concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  A limited number of chairs will be available at the park.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.  In the event of inclement weather, every effort will be made to move a concert indoors to the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.  Call 801-240-3323 for concert updates or for information.

Tuesday, August 4-Waking Erin – Celtic band and dancers presenting slow airs and blazing jigs and reels

Friday, August 7-Cinnamon Creek Folk Singers – Traditional pioneer and American folk songs sung by pioneer-costumed singers

Tuesday, August 11-T Minus 5 – popular a cappella quintet with comedic timing

Friday, August 14-My Sisters – the Wolfgramm sisters, original members of The Jets, singing contemporary pop songs and some Polynesian selections

Tuesday, August 18-Midlife Crisis – classic rock ‘n’ roll band performing music from the 1960s and ’70s

Friday, August 21-Shilaylee – quartet presenting a distinctive blend of Celtic, bluegrass, early American, and English tunes.

Tuesday, August 25-Paul Burnside Band – instrumentalists and vocalists performing big-band favorites

Friday, August 28-Fire on the Mountain – Utah’s mountain music: a blend of folk, bluegrass, and comedy