Student Composer Takes BYU Symphonic Band to Foreign Lands

A new composition by BYU student Caleb Cuzner will be performed along with other works inspired by traveling to foreign lands at Feb. 10 concert The BYU Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kirt Saville, will perform music inspired by far-off countries on Feb. 10. The concert will highlight a new work by Caleb Cuzner, a music composition major at BYU. Cuzner’s piece is titled “Travelers in a Foreign Land,” which Saville adopted as the title of the concert as it perfectly describes the program selections as a whole. “While ‘Travelers in a Foreign Land’ can depict the imagery of many different situations,” said Cuzner about his piece, “I imagine this piece resembling a group of travelers exploring a busy, foreign city. “It features the doumbek, a middle-eastern drum which produces a very resonant tone. The middle features a duet between the alto saxophone and piccolo, accompanied by a quiet male vocal drone and a repeating rhythm on the doumbek. This piece progresses to a fast and exciting finale, which includes melodies traded between different sections of the band.” Two other pieces, “Symphony No. 4  Bookmarks from Japan” and “Shadow Rituals,” feature asymmetrical rhythms with exotic scales.. “Bookmarks from Japan is a major work with six movements,” Saville said, “each inspired by different woodblocks from Japan. It is a wonderful piece and will certainly take you to the far east. It is also a very challenging work that provides wonderful opportunities for our outstanding soloists.” The band will also play “Grace” by Brian Balmages. Like “Bookmarks from Japan,” “Grace” was specifically written for wind band. It includes hints of “Amazing Grace” but is largely an original composition. “I think it is a piece that people will easily relate to,” Saville said, “just because of its sheer beauty.” As the finale of the concert, the band will play an arrangement of the main theme from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” by Jerry Goldsmith. “Jerry Goldsmith is amazing,” Saville said. “What better example of strangers in a foreign land than the Star Trek Voyages—to go where no one has gone before.  I think it is a delightful way to send the audience out with one we all know.” Tickets and Show Details Performance Dates and Times: Feb. 10 | 7:30 p.m. Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU Price: $7 Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at