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Temple Square organists, the Jimi Hendrix of the uke and 5 other concerts to watch

Utah Opera will also be launching a virtual premiere of its 2019 production of ‘The Little Prince’ — one of the company’s most successful productions

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Tabernacle organist Andrew Unsworth poses for a photo at the keyboards of the Tabernacle organ in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Unsworth and the other Tabernacle and Temple Square organists are recording music for concerts that will be streamed online this summer.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — With concert halls and theaters shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, performances have moved online.

Here are 7 events streaming this weekend that you can watch from home.

Wednesday

Tabernacle organists

The five Tabernacle and Temple Square organists — Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts and Joseph Peeples — are virtually resuming their weekly recitals in a new online concert series called “Piping Up: Organ Concerts at Temple Square.”

To kick things off, they will perform a 45-minute concert Wednesday night featuring several hymns and spirituals. 

When: Wednesday night’s concert will be at 7 p.m. After that, weekly concerts will stream Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at noon.

Where: Concerts will stream on the Tabernacle Choir’s YouTube channel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live watch page (broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org), and the choir’s website (thetabernaclechoir.org).

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Organist Brian Mathias plays the Tabernacle organ in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The Tabernacle and Temple Square organists have been working on recording music for concerts that will be streamed online this summer.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Thursday

Met Opera

The Met Opera is airing a different recording of a past production each night while it remains closed to the public.

  • A 1984 production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” will air Thursday and Friday.
  • Philip Glass’ productions of “Akhnaten” and “Satyagraha” will air Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
  • A 2017 production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” will air Monday.

When: Each stream is available at 5:30 p.m. MT until the following day at 4:30 p.m. MT.

Where: metopera.org

Friday

‘Peter Pan Live!’

Filmed in 2014, NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’  stars Allison Williams in the title role; Christopher Walken as Captain Hook; Taylor Elizabeth Louderman — best known for originating the role of Regina George in the Broadway musical “Mean Girls” — as Wendy Darling; Tony Award-winning actress Kelli O’Hara — who was the guest artist at last year’s Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert — as Mrs. Darling; and Broadway star Christian Borle as Mr. Darling and Smee.

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Kelli O’Hara performs with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Orchestra at Temple Square during a Christmas concert at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. O’Hara starred in ‘Peter Pan Live!’ which is available for streaming on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On starting Friday, June 19.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

When: Available to stream for 48 hours starting June 19 at 12 p.m. MT

Where: youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon

‘Dads’

This documentary marks actress Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut. Just in time for Father’s Day, the feature celebrates fatherhood and explores what it means to be a dad, the Deseret News previously reported. 

“What I realized in interviewing all these guys is that we’re treating dads like they’re in the background when they’re not,” Howard told Today. “The vast majority of fathers are incredibly involved, present and committed. That needs to be acknowledged.” 

When:  Available to stream starting June 19 

Where: Apple TV and the Apple TV app

Jake Shimabukuro

From his home in Hawaii, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs live every Friday night on Facebook.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will perform at Brigham Young University’s deJong Concert Hall Thursday, Feb. 15.

Jake Shimabukuro performs during the PBS Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, California. Shimabukuro will be performing live on Facebook and YouTube Friday, June 19.

Richard Shotwell, Invision

When: June 19, 6 p.m. MT

Where: facebook.com/jakeshimabukuromusic, and Shimabukuro’s YouTube channel

Saturday

Small Biz Live

A large lineup — including Lauryn Hill, Brandi Carlile, Leon Bridges, Allen Stone and Nathaniel Rateliff — is performing to raise money for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19, with special focus on minorities and women. 

When: The virtual festival starts at 2 p.m. MT. 

Where: Visit smallbiz.live for information on where to watch

Monday

Utah Opera’s ‘The Little Prince’

Utah Opera is launching a virtual premiere of its 2019 production of “The Little Prince” — “one of the most successful Utah opera presentations in the company’s history,” according to Utah Opera’s Facebook page. 

With music by film composer Rachel Portman, Utah Opera’s “Little Prince” starred then-11-year-old Nitiai Fluchel, a chorister from the Madeleine Choir School.

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Jared Bybee, playing the pilot, chats with Nitai Fluchel, 11, playing the little prince, during a photo opportunity for Utah Opera’s upcoming production of “The Little Prince” at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The production will have its virtual premiere on Monday, June 22.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

“The book is all about children, (and) how differently their minds work than the adults and how sometimes what their minds want to know is a lot more important than the grownups’ random ‘How old are you?’ questions,” Nitai previously told the Deseret News. “It’s definitely a great opera with a great message in it.”

When: The virtual premiere will be June 22 at 7 p.m. Following the premiere, the opera will be available to stream until Aug. 5.

Where: The premiere will be on Utah Opera’s Facebook (facebook.com/utahopera) and YouTube (youtube.com/user/usuovids) channel. After that, the production will be available for on-demand streaming at utahopera.org