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Santino Fontana, Sylvia McNair to join Tabernacle Choir for concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “From the Treasury of American Song,” under the direction of Mack Wilberg, as the closing concert of the American Choral Directors Association Conference on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center. The public is invited. Free tickets are available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m., first come, first served, at www.lds.org/events or over the phone at 801-570-0080 or 1-866-537-8457. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

The concert will feature Grammy Award-winning opera and cabaret soprano Sylvia McNair, as well as Broadway star Santino Fontana, who will be performing on the Conference Center stage for the third time in a year. The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants will also add their voices. And, of course, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform along with the combined honor choirs from the ACDA National Conference.

The ACDA conference proceedings are open to paid registrants (visit acda.org for details). An expected 5,000 participants will attend the conference from February 25th to 28th, many of them members of choirs from around the world. Choir directors, composers, educators, and music publishers will also be participating in sessions at the Salt Palace and Abravanel Hall featuring round table discussions, masters classes, reading sessions, lectures, and service projects. Choirs will be performing in private hour-by-hour concerts for the event on Temple Square, culminating in the closing 90-minute concert on Saturday, February 28. As part of the conference proceedings, the Choir and Orchestra will also present two concerts for ACDA participants only in the Tabernacle both Thursday and Friday evenings (the public rehearsal for that week has been moved to Tuesday, February 24).

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