Pioneer Day Concert: “Music for a Summer Evening”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “Music for a Summer Evening,” their annual concert held in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations.  This special Broadway-themed concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. 

Three amazing guests—Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III—will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the 2018 concert.

Guest Artists

Matthew Morrison is a versatile actor, singer, and dancer who has been recognized for his work on-stage and on-screen with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award nominations. Morrison most recently starred as “J.M Barrie” in the Broadway musical “Finding Neverland and is well-known to television audiences as “Mr. Schuester” in the musical comedy series “Glee.” In 2012 Morrison hosted and narrated the PBS special entitled “Oscar Hammerstein II—Out of My Dreams” which focused on the Broadway producer’s life and career

Laura Michelle Kelly is an English Oliver Award winning actress and singer for her star-making performance as Mary Poppins in the London and Broadway stage productions. It will be a reunion performance for Morrison and Kelly who starred opposite each other in the Broadway musical production of “Finding Neverland” where Kelly performed the role of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Kelly has performed in numerous London and Broadway musical productions as well as radio, TV, and concert appearances which include Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Opera House, and Buckingham Palace.

Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyrist and music theater producer, Oscar Hammerstein II, will join the Choir and Orchestra as the narrator of this special concert focusing on the Broadway contributions of his family. In 2017 Hammerstein narrated the Choir and Orchestra’s much-loved “Music: It Runs in the Family” 2017 RootsTech concert. In addition to serving as the Hammerstein family historian, Hammerstein is also a painter, writer, and lecturer.


Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. mountain daylight time, through or by phone at 801-570-0080. Each patron may request four tickets, and admission is open to those ages eight and older. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating, which is often available.

No tickets will be required for the Sunday, July 22, Music and the Spoken Word broadcast which will be held in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m.  Patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.

Concert Broadcast

The concert will be live streamed on at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It will also be carried live over the Church satellite system and aired on BYU Television. Broadcast schedules will be available soon. These summer concerts featuring music by the Choir and Orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included Alex Boyé (2017), The King’s Singers (2016), Laura Osnes (2015), Santino Fontana (2014), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), and Katherine Jenkins (2012). Prior concerts have been filmed and later rebroadcast on BYU Television.The summer concert of 2012 with Katherine Jenkins won for the Choir its third Emmy Award. (The Choir has since added a fourth Emmy Award for its Tanner Gift of Music concert with James Taylor.)