World Congress of Families IX: The Piano Guys, American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic give delegates a musical finale

The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic performed for a packed ballroom at the World Congress of Families closing concert. (Jordan Murray)

The World Congress of Families closed their four-day conference with a concert by The Piano Guys and the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic.

The Philharmonic is an advanced full symphony orchestra led by director Kayson Brown. Named “Best Youth Performing Ensemble” by Best of State Utah for the past seven consecutive years, students ranging from 9th to 12th grade perform regularly with nationally recognized guest artists.

Brown expressed his support of the Congress and his gratitude that so many could come together for one purpose.


Steven Sharp Nelson, a member of the Piano Guys, performs at the World Congress of Families’ closing concert. (Jordan Murray)

The Piano Guys, a Utah-based musical group that gained popularity on YouTube, has reached number one on the Billboard New Age and Classical Album charts with their first four major-label albums. With more than four million YouTube subscribers, and over 750,000,000 channel views, Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson have made their way onto a worldwide stage.

The duo expressed their support of the Congress, with Nelson commenting on his personal love for and the importance of the family unit.

Jon Schmidt, a member of The Piano Guys, performs at the World Congress of Families’ closing concert. (Jordan Murray)

Performing many of their hits, The Piano Guys were accompanied by the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic and delighted the crowd at the Grand America Hotel’s grand ballroom on Friday night.

Delegates to the Congress came from around the globe and included more than 300 young adults, who participated in workshops specifically geared to give them the skills to become “emerging leaders” in the pro-life, pro-family movement.

Entertainment was largely provided by Utah-based vocalists, choirs — including a mini-concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square — and the musical groups featured at Friday’s concert.

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