Frozen Star Headlines Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert

  • July 18-19, 2014
Date
July 18-19, 2014
Location
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Article Highlights

  • Santino Fontana, the artist who brought magic to life as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen, will headline this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day concerts July 18-19, 2014.

The artist who brought magic to life as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen will headline this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Pioneer Day concerts. Santino Fontana joins the Choir in two gala performances entitled “A Summer Celebration of Song,” which will be held on July 18 and 19 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. For full concert details, go to this special page on the Choir’s website: motab.org/PioneerDay.

This isn’t the first time Fontana has turned in a princely performance. He was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor for his role as Prince Topher in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He also received the 2010 Drama Desk award for his role in Brighton Beach Memoirs and received accolades for originating the role of Tony in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot.

“We are delighted to have Santino Fontana join us for this year’s concerts,” said Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett, “His musical talents will delight audiences of all ages whether he is singing Broadway favorites or beloved classical numbers.”

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 such sacrifice.”

According to the Tabernacle Choir's website, the demand for tickets was overwhelming. Tickets were claimed in less than 24 hours after they were made available. Many fans expressed a desire for additional viewing opportunities. To meet the demand, the Choir has added additional viewing opportunities, including an Internet live stream and a BYUtv broadcast.

Below is a list of options to help you experience the Pioneer Day Concert from anywhere around the globe.

Live Stream
The Pioneer Day Concert will be broadcast over the internet beginning at 8:00 p.m. MDT on Saturday, July 19. Visit motab.org/pioneerday at that time to view the performance. 

BYUtv Broadcast
BYUtv will broadcast the Pioneer Day Concert 8:00 p.m. MDT on Saturday, July 19. 

Standby Seating
Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the Friday and Saturday performances. The standby line is formed at the North Gate of Temple Square.

Overflow Seating
Overflow seating will be available at various locations across Temple Square, including the Tabernacle, Conference Center Theater, and Legacy Theater of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Previous summer concerts have featured Katherine Jenkins (whose appearance with the Choir in a television version of the concert won the Choir’s second Emmy Award), singer Nathan Pacheco, and YouTube phenomenon Lindsey Stirling, and Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Linda Eder.