Pioneer Day Concert

2017 Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple SquareMusic for a Summer Evening

When

Friday - July 14, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - July 15, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m

Where

LDS Conference Center
60 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tony Award Nominee Christopher Jackson Is Guest Artist for Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert

The singing and acting sensation who brought George Washington to life in the Broadway hit Hamilton, will be the featured guest artist for this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day Concerts. Christopher Jackson joins the Choir in two gala performances in “Music for a Summer Evening” on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

In addition to his Tony Award-nominated turn in the critically acclaimed Hamilton, Jackson has won a Grammy Award for Hamilton and an Emmy Award as a composer and song writer for Sesame Street. His Broadway credits include The Bronx Bombers, In the Heights, Memphis, and The Lion King. Jackson recorded an original song written by Lin Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana that premiered last year. Fans can also catch him on the small screen where he has a featured role in the hit CBS drama Bull. 

“We are delighted to have Christopher Jackson join us for this year’s concerts,” said Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett. “He is a multi-talented artist with an amazing stage presence. Combined with the Choir and Orchestra, he will create a magical experience for audiences.”

The summer concerts are held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations to celebrate the arrival of Mormon pioneers to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1847. Jarrett said, “The Choir will capture the courage of these early settlers by singing pioneer hymns as they unite listeners in harmonious appreciation for their sacrifice.”

The concert will be live-streamed on MormonTabernacleChoir.org (motab.org/pioneerday) at 8:00p.m. on Saturday, July 15. It will also be carried live over the Church satellite system and aired on BYU Television, both broadcasts on that same date and time.

These summer concerts featuring music by the Choir and Orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included the 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.)

About Christopher Jackson

Photo by Jenny Anderson

Christopher Jackson is a Tony Award-nominated actor as well as a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning songwriter/composer best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical Hamilton. His previous Broadway roles include Holler if Ya Hear Me, After Midnight, Derek Jeter in The Bronx Bombers, Benny in In the Heights, Delray Farrell in Memphis, and Simba in The Lion King. Off Broadway credits include The Bronx Bombers (Primary Stages,) The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Co.,) Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage,) In the Heights (37 Arts,) and Cotton Club Parade (ENCORES at City Center.)

In film and TV, Mr. Jackson has appeared on Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife. He can currently be seen starring in the hit CBS drama Bull where he plays Chunk, a stylist who prepares defendants for trial.

He was the composer/songwriter for Sesame Street where he earned six Emmy nominations and won an Emmy Award for his song “What I Am” performed by Will.I.Am. He was also co-music supervisor and writer for The Electric Company on PBS.

Mr. Jackson recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame for the 2016 Disney film Moana. In 2010 he released his first solo album titled In the Name of Love with Yellow Sound Lab Records and is currently working on his second album. He also has several musical projects in development for the stage.

About the Event

These summer concerts featuring music by the Choir and Orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2011), Katherine Jenkins (2012), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), Santino Fontana (2014), Laura Osnes (2015) and last year’s concert with The King’s Singers. 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.)

TICKETS

Free tickets for these concerts are required. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning on Tuesday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. 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.

Standby tickets for those without tickets will not be issued. However, 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.

*This event is not sponsored by The Days of ’47, Inc.

For more information about the Choir and Orchestra, visit www.mormontabernaclechoir.org.

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