By AMBER FURST
The Brigham Young University Combined Choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra performed last weekend in a moving and enjoyable Spring program.
The performance was taped and will be aired in the Spring of 2000.
Poet Leslie Norris opened each group of different performers with a poem appropriate for the songs they were singing. He chose several of his original poems along with several classics.
The University Singers, conducted by Ronald Staheli, opened up the program with “Turn the World Around.” In the folksy tune, the Singers stood in a horseshoe shape which gave the song a relaxed feel.
“Turn the World Around” was a delightful tune that set the mood for their next two songs, an American folk hymn and an Irish tune.
Women’s Chorus, conducted by Cherilyn Worthen, then sang “Turn Around.”
The song was accompanied by a harpist, Tahlia Anderson, who added just as much beauty to the song as the singers. Men’s Chorus, directed by Mack Wilberg, sung two songs, the second being a beautiful Hebrew folk song entitled, “El Yivneh Hagalil.”
This song was an interesting selection that stood out from everything that had been performed earlier. It gave the feel of Old Israel and was the most memorable number of the evening.
An interesting number from the performance was the Concert Choir’s “What Would You Do If You Married A Soldier.”
The staccato sound made the singers sound just as much like instrumental accompaniment as the piano and percussion section that was playing with them.
The highlight of the evening came with the Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bryce Rytting, performing Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 2, op. 46.
“The Dying Soldier” sung by the combination of Men’s and Women’s chorus was a beautiful song that featured Darrel Babidge as a soloist.
Badidge did a wonderful job of singing of the sadness of death and loss.
The Concert Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra gave a touching rendition of “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” Arranged by Wilberg, the song captured the reverence of a church hymn and the awesome potential of God’s power.
The closing numbers of the performance were sung by all choirs and the Philharmonic Orchestra.
These numbers were all tied together because of their praise of nature and the God who created the earth.
It was a perfect ending to the performance because of the impressive sound all the voices and instruments were able to create together.