The latest in a series of televised concerts, A Summer Evening of Music, celebrating Pioneer Day, took place on July 19th and 20th, 2013 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 20,000 seat venue was sold out for both nights, indicating the great popularity of dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling and operatic tenor Nathan Pacheco, accompanied by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, under the batons of Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy. It was broadcast live on BYU TV on the 20th. The organists were Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth, and Lloyd Newell announced the program.
The opening piece was “On a Wonderful Day like Today” by Lesley Bricusse and Anthony Newley, from The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd. Following the welcome and prayer, Nathan Pacheco sang “Don’t Cry,” featured on his current album, and received a standing ovation that lasted a minute or two. This was followed by “Prendi I Miei Sogni” by Colin O’Malley. Then came “Hold On” and “Come to My Garden” from The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon, arr. Ryan Murphy.
The long-awaited solo by Lindsey Stirling was heralded by dry ice white smoke on the upper stage, where Lindsey came on with her rendition of “Elements,” dancing vigorously, to the delight of the audience. She followed this with a heartfelt song from World War II, “Poor Little Lambs,” which also received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir then sang “Cum Sancto Spiritu” by Rossini, followed by a second appearance of Nathan Pacheco singing the classic Puccini aria, “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot. This remarkable performance, of course, received the longest standing ovation of the night, which was well deserved.
The second part of the concert began with Joseph Jongen’s “Toccata” (moto perpetuo), played by Richard Elliott (organ) and the Orchestra at Temple Square. The choir then sang “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” before the second appearance of Lindsey Stirling, who performed a medley of “Scotland the Brave” and “Simple Gifts,” earning another standing ovation.
The concert closed with “They, the Builders of the Nation” by Alfred M, Durham, sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the concluding hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” in which the audience also participated. It was an exceptionally enjoyable evening combining both secular and sacred music, and the audience left highly satisfied by the experience. No photography or videography was allowed in the auditorium.