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Frozen Star Headlines Choir Summer Concert

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.

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.

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“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.”

Below, watch Fontana perform a song from Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Then scroll down for a behind-the-scenes video from the making of Frozen: