Homecoming kicks off

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    By Lindsay Bird

    BYU will join in the 200th celebration of the birth of Joseph Smith by centering the annual Homecoming Spectacular on the life and legacy of the Brother Joseph, titled ?Hail to the Prophet.?

    ?Living Legends will portray Joseph Smith discovering the plates while scenes from the Book of Mormon come to life behind him,? said Janielle Christiansen, artistic director of BYU Living Legends.

    She said members of the community should come because, as always, some of the best of BYU performers will be showcased.

    ?It?s an opportunity to bring in the finest performers to honor Joseph Smith,? Christiansen said. ?It will be a spectacle with all the costumes and music in a spectacular setting.?

    Charlene Winters, the director of marketing and communications for the Alumni Association, said a few of the pieces to be performed include: “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” with the Philharmonic Orchestra, “It is Well With My Soul” by Vocal Point and “Praise to the Man” with all the choirs and orchestra.

    ?It?s an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the Prophet Joseph Smith as we emphasize his role as a teacher and educator,? Christiansen said. ?He played a great role in an academic sense, especially influencing Brigham Young, the future founder of this University.?

    Jean Applonie, director of BYU Women?s Chorus, said Homecoming Spectacular is a delectable smorgasbord of talent.

    ?You won?t get a better opportunity to see so many diverse groups sharing the same stage,? Applonie said.

    The BYU Women?s Chorus will perform ?Softly Beams the Sacred Dawning,? and will combine with Men?s Chorus to sing renditions of ?High on a Mountain Top? and ?Praise to the Man.? Other groups scheduled to perform include the Young Ambassadors, the Dancers? Company and the Nauvoo Brass Band.

    Kristen Howell, a junior majoring in English language, particularly encourages students to attend.

    ?I was able to get a ticket for last year?s Spectacular at the last minute,? Howell said. ?It is definitely one of the best events that BYU puts on and I am looking forward to it. I love all the dancing and singing.?

    Special guest Jane Clayson, formerly of CBS?s The Early Show ,will be the masters of ceremonies at the event.

    Homecoming Spectacular will be held tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Public tickets are $12. BYU student tickets are $6. Tickets are still available to purchase through the Marriott Ticket office by calling 1-800-322-BYU1 or online at BYUTickets.com.

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