Mormon Tabernacle Choir's summer concerts offer diversity

Jun 14 2013 - 5:30pm


Lindsey Stirling
Nathan Pacheco
James Taylor
Lindsey Stirling
Nathan Pacheco
James Taylor

SALT LAKE CITY -- This summer, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will partner with three diverse artists for two concerts.

Up-and-coming Latter-day Saint artists Lindsey Stirling and Nathan Pacheco will be the featured performers with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at this year's Pioneer Day concert at 8 p.m. July 19 and 20 in the Conference Center.

On Sept. 6 and 7, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor will perform with the Choir and the Utah Symphony at the Conference Center for the 30th anniversary of the Tanner Gift of Music concert series.

"Between Lindsey, Nathan and James, we truly have something for everyone this summer and continue to cross generational and cultural boundaries with the choir's music," Choir President Ron Jarrett said in a news release.

"The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is so enthused to be able to perform with such a talented group of artists representing a wonderful breadth of musical genres, from hip-hop to opera to pop."

Lindsey Stirling is a classically trained violinist, known for combining the sounds of the violin with the energy of hip-hop -- all while dancing. She was a quarterfinalist in 2010 on NBC's "America's Got Talent" but is best known for her YouTube channel:

Stirling recently finished a 55-city tour of Europe, Canada and the U.S. Her self-titled album was released in 2012.

Tenor Nathan Pacheco is looking forward to working with Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

"I had the privilege of singing under his direction during his last year with the BYU Men's Choir, so it goes without saying that to be able to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Mack Wilberg, is an experience I'm quite certain I'll never forget. I can't wait," Pacheco says in the release.

Pacheco is a versatile vocalist who performs both pop and opera with a combination of power and grace. In 2009, he was invited to be a featured performer with pianist and composer Yanni on the "Voices" tour of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

In 2012, he joined Katherine Jenkins on her U.K. tour with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed for Prince Charles at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., on two PBS television specials, and in the ABC/Disney Parks Christmas Parade. Pacheco also released his self-titled debut album in 2012.

Stirling and Pacheco will headline the Pioneer Day concert.

The choir's second major summer concert is the Tanner Gift of Music with Grammy Award-winner James Taylor.

This year, the Tanner Gift of Music concert series celebrates its 30th anniversary with a concert conducted by Mack Wilberg.

James Taylor was chosen for this concert because of his appeal across many generations and musical styles.

Taylor's music "embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal form," the release states. His career spans four decades, with close to 100 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards.

Both events require tickets, which are available free of charge. Because of high demand for tickets for the Tanner Gift of Music concert, tickets will be distributed through a random selection process.

Those interested in being selected may register from 12:01 a.m. July 27 through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 5 at Those without Internet access may register by phone at 801-570-0080 (local) or at 866-537-8457.

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