Music

BYU’s China Spectacular Tour Celebrates 40 Years of Friendship

Forty years ago, a group of Brigham Young University student performers traveled to China and put on a show that made history. This summer, the University is celebrating that anniversary with a return tour that highlights the relationship BYU and China have shared since 1979. Following the aftermath of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, BYU’s initial […]

BYU Symphonic Band Closes Semester with ‘Medieval Might of Sword and Stone’

The program will include a new composition by School of Music student Robert Alger The BYU Symphonic Band will close the semester of School of Music performances with an April 17 concert titled “Medieval Might of Sword and Stone.” “Our concert features music that is inspired by medieval themes,” said director Kirt Saville. “I have […]

Evening of Percussion Debuts New Music, Features Student Composer

Gamelan Bintang Wahyu member Dallin Frank wrote a piece inspired by a study abroad to Bali last year Three School of Music percussion ensembles — Panoramic Steel, directed by Darren Bastian; Percussion Ensemble, directed by Matt Coleman; and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu, directed by Jeremy Grimshaw — will share the stage for an April 13 concert. […]

The BYU Wind Symphony Promotes Cancer Awareness, Research With ‘Concerto for Hope’

The piece tells the story of former Canadian Brass trumpet player Ryan Anthony’s experience with cancer The BYU Wind Symphony will close the semester with a de Jong Concert Hall performance on April 12. For ensemble director Don Peterson, the highlight of the campus concert is the chance to showcase trumpet professor Jason Bergman on […]

BYU Synthesis Prepares For Caribbean Tour With Campus Concert

The ensemble will share the stage with two of the world’s top jazz musicians BYU’s Synthesis will join with celebrated guest artists from the jazz world for their final campus concert of the semester. The performance will feature both classic and original compositions in a range of styles — including swing, Latin and funk — […]

The BYU Philharmonic Closes Season With Mahler’s Last Symphony

This will be the first campus performance of the famed work The BYU Philharmonic will close their 2018-19 season with an historic performance of Gustav Mahler’s final symphony. The April 9 concert will mark the first time Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 has been performed at BYU, either by a campus or visiting ensemble. The work […]

Syncopation Showcases Jazz Standards and Popular Contemporary Pieces in Spring Concert

The concert serves as a farewell to director Emily Merrell in her last semester at BYU The School of Music’s vocal jazz ensemble, Syncopation, will perform both classic and contemporary favorites in their Madsen Recital Hall concert on March 29. “This concert set was designed to be a showstopper,” said Mckenna Clausen, the pianist for […]

Women’s Chorus Welcomes Spring With ‘Fresh and Fearless’ Performance

The choir will take audiences through a range of styles and emotions The BYU Women’s Chorus will present “Fresh and Fearless,” a collection of both classical and contemporary choral pieces in their campus performance on March 28. “We open the concert with ‘Gratus Animus’ by Daniel Kallman, a virtuosic, multi-metric piece,” said director Jean Applonie. […]

The BYU Chamber Orchestra to Perform with Guest Musicians From Beijing Conservatory

The concert will be repeated in Beijing in May as part of BYU’s upcoming China tour. The BYU Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Kory Katseanes, will celebrate Chinese and American music composition in their March 22 concert. The performance, titled “Sky Mountain Light World,” is a collaboration with musicians from the Central Conservatory of […]

The BYU Jazz Ensemble Swings Into Spring with March 20 Concert

The group will take on ambitious swing tunes from jazz staples The BYU Jazz Ensemble will brighten up the semester with a lively performance, titled “Swingin’ Into Spring.” “The BYU Jazz Ensemble is ready to help you shed those winter blues with our celebration of the spring equinox on March 20th, the official first day […]