Singers Adassa and Alejandro “Alex” Melecio will be the guest artists at The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Orchestra at Temple Square’s summer concerts Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., Mountain Time, in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, the choir announced on TheTabernacleChoir.org and ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Adassa, known for her role as the voice of Dolores in Disney’s “Encanto,” and Melecio, a finalist on “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento,” a reality competition show searching for Latino talent, in 2012, both performed with the Tabernacle Choir and orchestra in the National Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The tour to Mexico was the first stop on the choir and orchestra’s historic multiyear global tour to share hope through music.
The summer concert will include music from the tour and draw “from the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Mexico” and “beautifully blend tradition with the choir’s unmistakable sound,” according to the choir’s website.
For the performances in Mexico City, the choir sang a variety of songs from hymns to songs representing several cultures to songs celebrating love and hope.
Adassa sang “La Vida Es un Carnaval” (“Life Is a Party”) and “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto.” Melecio, who was the event’s master of ceremonies, sang poignant “Color Esperanza” (“Painting the Colors of Hope”).
“After having a beautiful experience in Mexico City with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, I am excited to officially announce that I will rejoin these fantastic voices and musicians in Salt Lake City,” Adassa shared on Facebook. “It will be a musical celebration with the community.”
Melecio shared on Facebook: “Just last weekend we had three unforgettable concerts in Toluca and in Mexico City. I can only imagine how memorable it will be performing at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City with such an iconic and talented choir and orchestra.”
Tickets for the concerts, which are free and required, are available online through mpv.tickets.com and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each patron may request four tickets; admission is open to those 8 years of age and older.
How to stream
The concert will be streamed Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time on the choir’s YouTube channel. It will also be aired on BYUtv. Information on dates and times will be updated on the choir’s website.
‘Music & the Spoken Word’
The “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast for Sunday, June 25, was recorded in Mexico. While there was not a live performance, so the choir and orchestra can rest from its recent Mexico tour, where some members became ill, visitors could watch the broadcast in person. Next Sunday, July 2, the “Music & the Spoken Word” moves to the Conference Center.
“To allow the choir the opportunity to rest and recover, and to prevent the further spread of any illness, the choir has canceled this week’s rehearsal and Sunday’s live taping of ‘Music and the Spoken Word,’” Kelly Smoot, a choir spokesperson, told the Deseret News. “This week’s television and radio broadcast was recorded in Mexico and will be aired as planned.”
The Spanish-language “Music & the Spoken Word,” scheduled to premiere on Sunday, June 25, has been delayed.