Concerts to watch this weekend: Josh Groban, Garth Brooks and more
You can also watch ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ starring Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald, and Utah Opera’s production of ‘The Little Prince’
SALT LAKE CITY — Some concert halls and theaters are gradually starting to re-open amid the coronavirus pandemic, but most musicians continue to host performances online.
Here are 8 events to watch from the comfort of your home — or car — this weekend.
What: 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.”
When: Weekly concerts 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).
What: Filmed in 2013, “The Sound of Music Live!” drew more than 42 million viewers when it premiered on NBC, the Deseret News reported. The production stars “American Idol” winner/country superstar Carrie Underwood as Maria, and Broadway legend Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess.
When: Available to stream for 48 hours starting June 26 at 12 p.m. MT
What: Utah Opera recently launched the 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, the production starred then-11-year-old Nitiai Fluchel, a chorister from the Madeleine Choir School.
When: The opera is available to stream until Aug. 5.
Where: Available for on-demand streaming at utahopera.org
What: Josh Groban is giving fans a special concert — a live-streamed event that will feature “new songs and all-time favorites,” the Deseret News previously reported.
“I’ve never done anything like this and in these strange days I’m so thrilled to do any kind of concert for you,” Groban wrote on Twitter. “This will be one for the books for sure.”
When: The stream will start at 2 p.m. MT on June 27 and be accessible for 48 hours after the event.
Where: Those who purchase a ticket ($20) will receive access to watch the livestream on JoshGroban.com.
What: The Roots is putting on its annual picnic, and this year, has partnered with Michelle Obama to try to reach and encourage eligible voters. The event will feature special appearances from Obama, Chris Paul, Janelle Monae and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’ll also feature performances from The Roots, H.E.R., and more.
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. MT
Where: The event will be streamed on The Roots’ YouTube channel
Country legend Garth Brooks has filmed a special concert that will screen at 300 drive-in theaters across North America.
“This is going to be a fun night,” Brooks said in a Facebook post. “This is going to be, ‘Stuff your family in a car, bring food, everything, and have the time of your life kind of fun, going to the drive-in.’ I just love it.”
When: Saturday, June 27; showings at 9:30 and midnight
Where: Visit ticketmaster.com for a full list of theaters showing the concert. Three Utah theaters — West Valley City’s Redwood Drive-in; the Motor-Vu Theater in Tooele; and the Basin Drive-in in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County — are showing the concert.
How much: $100 per vehicle, up to six people
What: Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performed for the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ 60th Anniversary Gala. That 2019 event featured Bell performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and Mozart Symphony No. 25 and Beethoven Symphony No. 5.
When: Sunday, June 28 at noon MT
What: The Metropolitan Opera is airing a different recording of a past production each night while it remains closed to the public.
- A 1991 production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” will air Friday.
- A 2018 production of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” will air Saturday.
- A 2017 production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will air Sunday.
When: Each stream is available at 5:30 p.m. MT until the following day at 4:30 p.m. MT.