Tabernacle Choir Announces 2017 Pioneer Day Concert Guest Is Christopher Jackson

  • 19 June 2017

Christopher Jackson, a Tony Award–nominated actor, as well as a Grammy and Emmy Award–winning songwriter and composer, will be the special guest artist for the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts.  Photo by Jenny Anderson.

Article Highlights

  • The concerts will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Watch the live stream on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Mormon Channel YouTube pages.

The Tabernacle Choir announced June 19 that this year’s Pioneer Day concert guest artist will be Christopher Jackson, a Tony Award–nominated actor, as well as a Grammy and Emmy Award–winning songwriter and composer.

Jackson is best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical Hamilton and currently appears in the hit CBS drama Bull. Jackson also recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana, which premiered in 2016.

In film and TV, he has appeared in Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “Music for a Summer Evening,” their annual concert held in conjunction with Pioneer Day celebrations honoring the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in 1847. The concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director (see related article for broadcast, streaming, and languages information).

Jackson is connected to another group of former choir guest artists, the Muppets® from Sesame Street®, where he is a songwriter and composer for the program. In 2011, Jackson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for “What I Am.” The song was performed by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, and the video is approaching 70 million views.

Free tickets for these concerts are required. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 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.

Patrons without tickets are invited to stand by for last-minute seating, which is usually available each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

See videos showcasing Jackson’s songwriting, acting, and singing talents on MormonTabernacleChoir.org.

Past guest artists

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).