Musica Magnifica highlights Pioneer Day weekend

The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre continues to draw large crowds to the Ellen Eccles Theatre with four main stage productions.Meanwhile, the company’s annual Pioneer Day concert, Musica Magnifica, will be presented Saturday, July 23. General Director Michael Ballam says it’s a favorite evening for patrons because of exciting selections of patriotic, popular and classical music. Ballam says this year’s special guest will be Roberta Shore.”People of our generation will remember her from the

<em>Virginian</em>

, one of the longest running situation dramas, as well as she was in a lot of Disney films,” Ballam explains. “She was in

<em>The Shaggy Dog</em>

, a number of times on the

<em>Lawerence Welk</em>

show, the Disney show. “She’s a wonderful actress and singer. In fact, she was the first person to record ‘Let There Be Peace On Earth,’ and we will have her sing that for us and the ensemble will join in.”Musica Magnifica stats at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.

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