The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Nobody Whistles Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

For the Pioneer Day concert in 2014, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed alongside Santino Fontana, who starred as Prince Hans in Disney’s blockbuster movie Frozen. The concert was titled "A Summer Celebration of Song," and that it was. The Choir began the night by performing songs to honor Mormon Pioneers, such as “They the Builders of the Nation” and “Faith in Every Footstep,” before seamlessly transitioning into three West Side Story favorites. For “Something’s Coming,” Fontana made his entrance from stage right for the first of three appearances with the Choir and Orchestra in a year, including the Christmas concerts and the concert for the American Choral Directors Association.

After performing several songs from Broadway’s Cinderella, several Disney songs were sung, including a “Whistle While You Work/Heigh Ho!” medley. The cheerful medley from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was an instant crowd pleaser, as members of the Choir whistled like you’ve never heard before. At least half of the 360-member Choir whistled in unison, creating a beautiful sound that echoed throughout the walls of the conference center. Watch the video of the "Whistle While You Work/Heigh Ho!” medley:

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Following the Disney songs (which also included “When You Wish Upon a Star”) were “How to Handle a Woman,” “She Likes Basketball, ”Hot Pipes" (organ solo), “Never Never Land,” and a “Happy” medley written for the show at Fontana’s request. The medley included the R&B/pop hit “Happy” by Pharrell Williams as well as many other happy-themed favorites.

Watch the full concert here, and please join us this weekend, July 17–18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for this year’s Pioneer Day concert, featuring Laura Osnes. 

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