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Broadway star Christopher Jackson is the guest artist for the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts. Photograph by Jenny Anderson.

Tony-Nominated Broadway Star Is Guest Artist for Mormon Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert


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The singing and acting sensation who brought George Washington to life in the Broadway hit Hamilton will be the featured guest artist for this summer’s Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Pioneer Day concerts. Christopher Jackson joins the Choir in two gala performances of “Music for a Summer Evening” on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. The concerts will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.

In addition to his Tony Award-nominated turn in the critically acclaimed Hamilton, Jackson won a Grammy Award for Hamilton and an Emmy Award as a composer and songwriter for Sesame Street. His Broadway credits include The Bronx Bombers, In the Heights, Memphis, and The Lion King. Jackson also recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney Film Moana, which premiered last year. Fans can also catch him on the small screen, where he has a featured role in the hit CBS drama Bull.

“We are delighted to have Christopher Jackson join us for this year’s concerts,” said Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett. “He is a multitalented artist with an amazing stage presence. Combined with the Choir and Orchestra, he will create a magical experience for our audience.”

The summer concerts are held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations to commemorate the arrival of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake valley 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 their sacrifice.”

The concert will be live-streamed at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. It will also be carried live over the Church satellite system and aired on BYUtv, on that same date and time.

These 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). Many of the concerts have been rebroadcast on BYUtv. The 2012 program with Katherine Jenkins earned the Choir its second Emmy Award. (The Choir has since received a third Emmy Award for its Tanner Gift of Music concert with James Taylor.)

Admission to this event is limited to those ages eight and older.