Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the recent announcement of the celebration's performers.
SALT LAKE CITY — On Sept. 6, the Conference Center on Temple Square will host an impressive lineup of Latter-day Saint musicians for an equally impressive birthday.
Along with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, singer and actor Donny Osmond, singer Nathan Pacheco, vocal group GENTRI and two family musical groups — Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four and the Bonner Family — will perform for the 95th birthday celebration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' President Russell M. Nelson.
Given his busy travel schedule, which has recently included tours to Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and the South Pacific, it's hard to believe that President Nelson, who was born on Sept. 9, 1924, will turn 95 later this year.
The Sept. 6 gala will be a night of music, personal tributes and insights into President Nelson's remarkable life as a surgeon, church leader, father, husband, friend and prophet.11 comments on this story
“These types of celebrations, which we have seen since the early years of the church, give us inspiring insight into the lives of those chosen by God to serve as His prophets,” said President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency. “I have personally attended many such events for past prophets, and each time I leave with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the way in which our Father in Heaven shapes, trains and teaches His prophets. It will be a privilege for all of us to participate and to celebrate President Nelson’s 95th birthday.”
Tickets for the free event will be available starting July 30, 10 a.m. MDT, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Patrons will be limited to two tickets per person.
Correction: A previous version incorrectly listed the date of President Russell M. Nelson's birthday celebration as Sept. 7. The celebration will be held Sept. 6.