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Messages, music to highlight Pioneer Day celebration

Music from the recent Nauvoo Illinois Temple dedication services and a message by a member of the First Presidency in the Conference Center on Sunday, July 21, will be part of the Church's Pioneer Day celebration.

The music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will include numbers arranged specifically for the temple dedication. There will also be narration by Lloyd Newell featuring selected writings by Joseph Smith about the Nauvoo Temple.

The choir's numbers will include new arrangements by associate conductors Mack Wilberg and Barlow Bradford: "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief," "Praise to the Man" and "Come, Come, Ye Saints."

The Orchestra at Temple Square will perform an arrangement of "Beautiful Zion" by Barlow Bradford for violin and orchestra with violin solo by Igor Gruppman, concertmaster of the orchestra. Two anthems dating from early pioneer times, "Saints Bound for Heaven" and "Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort," both arranged by Mack Wilberg, will also be featured on the program.

Free tickets are still available to members of the general public 8 years of age and older at the Conference Center ticket office, door 4. Internet users may order tickets online at www.lds.org/events. The number of tickets will be limited to four per order.

On the day of the program, Conference Center doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Those attending the Pioneer Day Commemoration should be in their seats by 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. No cameras, recording devices, backpacks, food or beverages are allowed in the Conference Center.

The program will be carried live via satellite on the Church satellite system. Members of the Church wishing to view the program via satellite should contact their local leaders for exact broadcast or playback times in their areas.