2018 Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Pioneer Day Concert (Music for a Summer Evening)
- July 20-21, 2018
- Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; and via satellite or online streaming
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present their annual concert held in conjunction with Pioneer Day celebrations marking the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah on July 24, 1847.
This year’s guest artists are Broadway stars Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly with Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III returning as the narrator.
The Music for a Summer’s Evening: 2018 Pioneer Day Concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time) in the Conference Center.
It will be a reunion performance for Morrison and Kelly, who starred opposite each other in the Broadway musical “Finding Neverland,” where Morrison played the role of J. M. Barrie opposite Kelly, who appeared as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.
Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett said, “Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly are extraordinary performers who have a dynamic chemistry onstage that will delight our audiences. We know they will bring down the house when they perform with the choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.”
On July 21, the concert will be streamed live on the mormontabernaclechoir.org, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir YouTube page, LDS.org, mormonchannel.org, and BYUtv in English. It will also be live streamed on the Mormon Channel’s YouTube language channels in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.
The concert will be archived for on-demand viewing in English immediately following the live-stream concert. On-demand videos in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German will be available by July 30 on motab.org/pioneerday.
The concert will also be broadcast over the Church satellite system in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. Multiple satellite air times will be available to accommodate local needs. Closed-captioning will be available in English only.
Stake technology specialists
Stake technology specialists may wish to refer to the Church broadcast schedule.
Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. mountain daylight time, through lds.org/events or by phone at 801-570-0080. Each patron may request four tickets, and admission is open to those ages eight and older. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating, which is often available.
Matthew Morrison is an actor, singer and dancer who has been recognized for his work on stage and screen with Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. He is most well-known to television audiences as Mr. Schuester in the musical comedy series “Glee.” In 2012, Morrison hosted and narrated the PBS special titled “Oscar Hammerstein II — Out of My Dreams,” which focused on the Broadway producer’s life and career.
Laura Michelle Kelly
Laura Michelle Kelly is a Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress and singer for her star-making performance as Mary Poppins in the London stage production. Kelly has performed in numerous London musical productions as well as on radio and TV and in concert appearances at Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Opera House and Buckingham Palace.
Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III
The choir will also welcome back Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyricist and music theater producer Oscar Hammerstein II, who will join the choir and orchestra as the narrator of this special concert focusing on the Broadway contributions of his family. In 2017, Hammerstein narrated the “Music: It Runs in the Family” RootsTech concert. In addition to serving as the Hammerstein family historian, Hammerstein is also a painter, writer and lecturer.
Morrison and Kelly will also appear on the Sunday, July 22, “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast. No tickets will be required for that event, which will be held in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.
The performances will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.