From Mozart to Gershwin: Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Programs a Gift for Music Lovers

Audiences will enjoy a carefully curated selection of music from across the centuries

Two concerts on back-to-back nights offer a study in contrast, performed by two talented ensembles from the BYU School of Music. One will showcase American composers; the other features orchestral works from some of the most recognizable international names in Classical music.

On February 23, the Symphony Orchestra will present Mozart’s Overture to “The Impresario,” select movements of Gounod’s “Ballet Music from Faust” and Bizet’s  “L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1.” It will also perform “Sabre Dance” by Khachaturian, a fast-paced audience favorite.

“This year continues to be unusual with all the COVID protocols in place for School of Music ensembles,” said conductor Christian Smith. “In preparation for this concert the group will have met as a full orchestra only three times. Nonetheless, we are all deeply grateful to still be able to perform, even under exceptional circumstances.”

The Symphonic Band has planned its February 24 performance around the theme of “Sound Infusions,” which includes an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, opera, and English folk song.  

“Our program will feature some of the greatest American composers,” said director Kirt Saville. “We will perform ‘2 Dances from West Side Story’ by Leonard Bernstein and ‘The Blackhorse Troop’ by John Phillip Sousa.”

Trumpet professor Jason Bergman will appear as featured soloist in Gershwin’s timeless “Porgy and Bess Medley.”

“We invite listeners to join us for an evening that promises tremendous variety and great American classics,” Saville said.