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by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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SALT LAKE CITY - The tickets may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance to hear Prince Hans sing.

Santino Fontana, who voiced Hans in the Disney animated hit “Frozen,” will perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra as part of their Pioneer Day concert on July 18 and 19. beginning at 8 p.m. Though tickets for the concert were sold out less than 24 hours after they were made available to the public, the choir is giving Davis County residents plenty of other opportunities to listen in.

“We’ve been working on our website for the last year and a half, and now we have the option of streaming concerts,” said Scott Barrick, general manager for the choir. “It wasn’t an option we had before. It strengthens our connection to our listeners.”

Tickets were released to the public June 17 starting at 10 a.m., and had disappeared by the following day. Though tickets for choir concerts at the Salt Lake Tabernacle are always popular, these concerts are at the much larger Conference Center.

“We were surprised,” said Barrick. “We’ve filled the tabernacle before, but that’s 5,600 seats for two nights. This is 42,000 seats for two nights.”

He places much of the credit for the concert’s popularity with Fontana, who he said has Utah-based fan groups. Fontana, who originated the role of Tony in the Broadway production of “Billy Elliot,” won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for his work in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Prince Topher in “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

“He’s a delightful young man,” said Barrick, who has been in on conference calls with Fontana. “He’s excited about the opportunity to sing with the choir. I really think we’re just going to have a wonderful show.”

Those without tickets can have the opportunity to listen to the show in several ways. The concert will be livestreamed on July 19 at 8 p.m. at motab.org/pioneerday. At the same time, the concert will also be broadcast on BYUtv, which is on local channel 11.2, DirectTV channel 374, and Dish Network channels 9403 and 9397.

A standby line will also be available for both nights of the concert, starting at 6 p.m. at the north gate of Temple Square in Salt Lake. Those who make it in will be seated at various available locations across Temple Square.

If you’d rather not wait, the choir is also giving away tickets for overflow seating at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Fans can enter to win two tickets through the choir’s Pioneer Day Facebook app.

Even if none of these options work, your opportunity to see the concert isn’t over. The choir will be posting videos of the concert to their Youtube channel, youtube.com/mormontabchoir.

“We hope it will be immediately after,” said Barrick, adding that it might take longer depending on the licensing. “Hopefully, it will give everyone a chance to see it.”

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