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Don’t Miss The Piano Guys on Music & the Spoken Word  

Sunday, August 28, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. (mountain). Mark it on your calendar!

Two musical icons—The Piano Guys with pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and The Tabernacle Choir, famous the world over—will perform together for the first time on the Choir’s weekly broadcast of Music & the Spoken Word. The public is welcome, age eight and over, and no tickets are required. Those attending should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. The broadcast will be available for on-demand viewing immediately after the initial broadcast stream. Check here to find where you’ll be able to stream and watch it.

The Choir’s regular Thursday night rehearsal on August 25 will be open to the public as usual. Those unable to attend the Sunday morning broadcast are welcome for that evening rehearsal which will be open to the public beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center.

The Choir has showcased guest artists for decades, but this performance is unique in its own right. The Piano Guys live in Utah and grew up listening to the Choir’s broadcast. “No one sings like the Choir,“ Nelson says. “The two of us play but we don’t sing. We count it an honor to share the stage with this world-famous choir. This is an opportunity we have dreamed of for many years.”

The Piano Guys are a YouTube sensation with millions of views to their credit. Both the Choir and The Piano Guys share an artistic and strategic focus on spreading their music through social media.

Performing in the Conference Center at Temple Square, The Piano Guys will welcome walking out on to this broad and very flat stage—given some of their death-defying video performances. The duo is known for filming musical performances in jaw-dropping settings, ranging from the edge of a 1,000-foot cliff in a Southern Utah red rock canyon to a precarious stretch of the towering Great Wall of China built in 570 AD, to the flat bed of a moving train, and even to a freezing ice castle. They have filmed in Petra, Jordan amid ancient ruins and at Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Often, they need a crane or a helicopter to put the one-thousand-pound piano in place and a 30-man crew to scale the last stretch. Nelson confides that he usually hand-carries his cello.

The Piano Guys came on the music scene in 2011 posting videos on YouTube. As the saying goes, the rest is history. Their repertoire of classical, pop, film scores and original music gained a broad, immediate and enthusiastic following. They have more than 2 billion views on their YouTube channel and over 7 million subscribers and a high profile on Spotify and other social media outlets.

The Piano Guys are regular content creators on TikTok and have quickly built a following that is approaching 1 million. Creating humorous, short-form content has provided cellist Nelson and pianist Schmidt a new outlet to express their personalities and share their inspiring music with a younger audience.

The Piano Guys music releases in 2022 include their patented piano and cello arrangements of hit songs by Harry Styles, Adele, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber and others. They are also preparing for a nationwide, 24-city concert tour beginning in September, which concludes in Salt Lake City with a special Christmas concert at Vivint Arena on December 17.

Even though this is the first joint appearance of the two groups on Music & the Spoken Word, The Piano Guys and The Tabernacle Choir have collaborated once before. In 2017, they assembled together (along with singers Peter Hollens and David Archuleta) to break the world record for the "Biggest Nativity Scene" ever staged, which spawned The Piano Guys' music video of "Angels From the Realms of Glory.”