BYU Choirs Join Together for Winter Choirfest on Feb. 12
500 singers come together to perform two choral classics
The BYU School of Music’s four auditioned choirs — BYU Singers, BYU Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus — will share the de Jong Concert Hall stage for their annual Winter Choirfest.
The concert will feature both classical and contemporary choral pieces, including some new works.
“We will be giving the world premiere of an arrangement of ‘Kansas City’ from the musical Oklahoma!” said Andrew Crane, director of the BYU Singers. “The arrangement is by Ryan Murphy, associate director of the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square. We commissioned him to write this arrangement in honor of our invitation to perform at the 2019 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, which will be held on March 1 in Kansas City, Missouri.”
The BYU Singers will also perform a Norwegian piece titled “Amen! Jesus Han Skal Råde” and a contemporary piece called “Thy Will Be Done,” based on the text of the Lord’s Prayer.
Women’s Chorus will sing “Gratus Animus,” a new piece by Daniel Kallman. “It’s full of exciting multi-meters and celebrates the gift of life,” said Women’s Chorus director Jean Applonie. “Also on our program are ‘Ave Generosa’ by Ola Gjeilo, a favorite composer of ours, and a new arrangement of the hymn ‘Let Us All Press On.’”
The highlight of the concert, said Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus director Rosalind Hall, will be two “blockbuster choral classics, sung by the 500 singers of combined choirs in surround sound: ‘O Fortuna,’ the opening movement of Carmina Burana, and ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,’ which was originally arranged by Mack Wilberg for the BYU Choirs in 1994, but has not been performed by us since he left BYU in 1998.”
Tickets and Show Details
Performance Dates and Times: Feb. 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the HFAC or Marriott Center, by phone at 801.422.2981 or online at byuarts.com