SALT LAKE CITY — If you were looking forward to a heavy dose of Netflix and making the couch your home this weekend, you might want to reconsider.
The Piano Guys, Lindsey Stirling, fiddling extraordinaire Mark O'Connor and dancers from "Dancing With the Stars" will all perform in the Beehive State this weekend.
The Piano Guys
Since their humble beginning at a small St. George piano store, The Piano Guys have gained an international following with their dynamic performances that blend classical, contemporary and rock music. In a recent Deseret News interview, pianist Jon Schmidt said he was looking forward to the band’s hometown show, as it will give him a chance to express gratitude to his fans for supporting him while dealing with his daughter’s death this past year.
“It was so touching to get a sense that our fans were praying for us and rallying around us,” Schmidt told the Deseret News. “So to have a chance to finally do a concert at home again will be a really meaningful way for me — for all The Piano Guys — to say thank you.” The concert takes place at Vivint Arena on Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., 301 W. South Temple, $24-$175 (vivintarena.com).
“Dance to the Holidays”
Dance competition shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” hit peak popularity in the Beehive State, according to a report from the New York Times. That might explain why “Dancing with the Stars” members Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff are coming to Utah this weekend to celebrate the holidays.
According to a news release, Dovolani, an Albanian-American dancer, trained Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere in the film “Shall We Dance,” and it was this experience that led the ballroom dancer to became a frequent participant on “DWTS.” Smirnoff, a ballroom dancer from Ukraine, has also had a long career with the show. The event will also feature Utah “DWTS” cast members Tony Pututau, Carl James Blair and Jaymz Tuaileva, as well as stars from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol.” You can check out the dancing frenzy at the DeJoria Center on Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., 970 N. State Road 32, Kamas, $35-$65 (dejoriacenter.com).
If you haven’t yet gotten into the Christmas spirit, attending a Lower Lights concert will probably do the trick. It’s a foot-stomping celebration filled with hymns, old gospel standards and Christmas songs. The supergroup of mostly Utah-based musicians takes the Kingsbury Hall stage Dec. 8-9, 7 p.m., $16-$30 (801-581-7100 or tickets.utah.edu).
“Vivaldi by Candlelight”
Now in its 35th year, the “Vivaldi by Candlelight” benefit concert will display the best of Baroque music. Called “A Baroque Kaleidoscope” and put on by longtime music director Gerald Elias and the Vivaldi Virtuosi chamber orchestra, the concert will feature works by a variety of Baroque composers, including Bach and Vivaldi. Proceeds from the concert go toward the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. The performance takes place Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 12 C St., $25-$125 (801-832-3270 or utahdiplomacy.com).
Fiddler virtuoso Mark O’Connor has performed in the Beehive State a number of times, but this time ‘round, he’s bringing his family along for the show. Formed in 2015, the O’Connor Band features O’Connor’s wife, son and daughter-in-law, adding more fiddles, mandolin and vocals to the mix. In its short time together, the band has already earned a Grammy Award for its bluegrass album “Coming Home,” which was released last year. Come join the O’Connor family in celebrating the holidays at the State Room on Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., 638 S. State St., $30 (thestateroom.com).
Luminaria, Thanksgiving Point’s Christmas light show, has returned for a second season. About a mile walk around the gardens, the display features nearly a million lights, includes a S’more’s Village where families can make their own s’mores, showcases real reindeer and features 15 scenes of bronze statues depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The event runs through Dec. 30, excluding Sundays, 5-9 p.m., Thanksgiving Point, 3900 N. Garden Drive, Lehi, $17-$20 for adults, $12-$15 for adult members, $13-$15 for children, $10-$12 for child members (801-768-2300 or thanksgivingpoint.org).
If you’re an avid Utah theater fan, you might have recently seen tenor Casey Elliott in Hale Centre Theatre’s current production of “Aida.” This weekend, Elliott will also be taking the stage as a member of the Utah-based trio of tenors called Gentri. The group, which aims to uplift audiences with inspiring music, will bring its signature three-part harmonies to the Eccles Theater in support of its album “Finding Christmas,” on Monday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m., 131 S. Main, $30-$150 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Lindsey Stirling’s “Warmer in the Winter”
Speaking of “Dancing with the Stars,” this season’s runner-up winner Lindsey Stirling will also be coming to the Beehive State. But this time she’ll be dancing on the stage with her violin and performing songs from her fourth studio album, “Warmer in the Winter,” which was released earlier this year. The show takes place at the Eccles Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., 131 S. Main, $45-$210 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).