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Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings 'Happy' medley with actor from 'Frozen'

Recommended by Megan Christensen, Deseret News

Published: Tue, July 22 11:55 a.m. MDT

Happy Medley - Santino Fontana & the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir experienced a first at the annual Pioneer Day Concert July 18 and 19 when Santino Fontana, known for his role as Hans in "Frozen," led them in a medley that included Pharrell Williams' song "Happy."

Fontana introduced the medley, which was the concluding number, by saying that he didn't want to leave Salt Lake City on a sad note, according to the Deseret News.

"I wanted to do something that was a first for this venue. I think the choir will agree with me that this fits the bill," Fontana said.

The medley also included songs like "Sing Happy" from the Broadway show "Flora the Red Menace"; "I Want to Be Happy" from "No, No, Nanette"; "Happy Talk" from "South Pacific"; and "Get Happy" from the film "Summer Stock."

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir posted the song to YouTube July 21.

Pharell Williams' "Happy" starts at 5:02.

Megan Marsden Christensen writes for the Faith and Family sections. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication.

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1. Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT,
July 22, 2014

The Happy medley was my least favorite of the night, we've heard better from the Choir! The rest of the show was fantastic, we really enjoyed being in the crowd!

2. Socal Coug
San Diego, CA,
July 22, 2014

I was "Team Hans" all the way, even when it was revealed he was a bad guy. This is the real world, people. Rich and mean beats nice poor mountain guy any day!

3. David P.
Livermore, CA,
July 22, 2014

According to the BYU-TV program guide, this year's Pioneer Day concert will be shown again on
July 24th. That's Good!!

BYU-TV used to also ahow the "Days of '47 Parade", which the late President Gordon B. Hinckley
called Pioneer Day: "Our Special Holiday".

Channel 5 KSL in Salt Lake City does not reach beyond Utah very much, if at all. A number of us
along the Pacific Coast and elsewhere around the World kind of feel left out when it comes to having access to seeing the Pioneer Day Parade. Even on a "delayed" basis, it would be nice to have access.

Seems rather Selfish on the part of KSL-TV and/or BYU-TV to leave people OUT of the Equation of
Participating and Celebrating in the LDS Culture, History, and Tradition.

4. Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah,
July 25, 2014

There was a time when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was a great vehicle of the greatest of classical music. Today it is little more than a slap-happy bubble-gum group. Where are the great Messiah recordings and the "Lord's Prayer" recordings of yesterday?

5. BooBoo
Orem, UT,
July 25, 2014

@Irony Guy

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's new recording of Messiah, recorded just a few months ago, will be released in Spring 2015. The upcoming Christmas CD includes music by Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Don't get yourself all twisted up just because one medley from one concert was designed to appeal to listeners who like music that you may not care for. The MoTabs are the furthest thing from a "slap-happy bubble-gum group," but as its director often says, they "sing for everyone." Can't fault them for that!