Pioneer Day Concert to Feature Lindsey Stirling, Nathan Pacheco
- July 19-20, 2013
- Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Up-and-coming Latter-day Saint artists Lindsey Stirling and Nathan Pacheco will be the featured performers with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at this year’s Pioneer Day concert on Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 July, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center.
For the first time, this annual concert will be streamed live on the Choir's new website on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. (Mountain Time.) Click here to watch the stream at that time.
As an artist, any classification of Lindsey Stirling risks oversimplification. Stirling, a classically trained violinist, is famous for combining the melodic sounds of the violin with the dynamic energy of hip hop—all while dancing!
Although Stirling first came to the public’s attention in 2010 as a quarterfinalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, she is best known for her YouTube channel (youtube.com/lindseystomp), which has nearly 2.5 million subscribers. Her videos have been viewed more than 300 million times. Stirling recently finished a 55-city tour of Europe, Canada, and the U.S. As a self-proclaimed “hip hop violinist,” Lindsey Stirling may be the first hip hop artist to ever perform in the Conference Center. Her self-titled album was released in 2012.
“I have always loved the Mormon Tabernacle Choir,” says Stirling. “I have been brought to tears by so many of Mack’s arrangements, and it is such an incredible honor to be working with him.”
Tenor Nathan Pacheco is also looking forward to working with Mack Wilberg. “I had the privilege of singing under his direction during his last year with the BYU Men’s Choir. So it goes without saying that to be able to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Mack Wilberg, is an experience I’m quite certain I’ll never forget. I can’t wait.”
Hailed as “the voice of a new generation,” Pacheco is on the brink of what is anticipated to be an illustrious career. He is a versatile vocalist, performing both pop and opera with a rare combination of power and grace. Pacheco got his first big break in 2009 when he was invited to be a featured performer with pianist and composer Yanni on the “Voices” tour of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In 2012 he joined Katherine Jenkins on her UK tour with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed for Prince Charles at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., on two PBS television specials, and in the ABC/Disney Parks Christmas Parade. Pacheco also released his self-titled debut album in 2012.
Stirling and Pacheco will headline the Pioneer Day concert, which is a celebration of the courage of Mormon pioneers who made the historic trek to Salt Lake City in 1847. Both artists are members of the faith.
“There could not be a more appropriate way to celebrate the Mormon pioneers than by singing,” says Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett. “It was sacred hymns that gave the pioneers the courage to make the journey westward. In fact, their tradition of singing was the genesis for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.”
The event is free but requires tickets, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting on Tuesday, June 11, 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 6:00 p.m. for each evening’s performance.
Both guest artists—Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling—will perform with the choir one more time during the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast in the Conference Center on July 21. Program begins at 9:30 a.m.