Winter Choirfest lights fire within attendees

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    By Samantha Shirley

    Four of BYU”s premiere choirs will combine for a unique concert experience at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, at the Provo Tabernacle on 100 S. University Ave.

    BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men”s Chorus and Women”s Chorus will sing at Winter Choirfest, the first choral concert of the semester.

    Rosalind Hall, conductor of BYU Concert Choir and Men”s Chorus, said that the concert will be an uplifting experience.

    “In the gloom of January, this is the antidote to winter blues,” Hall said. “It will light a fire in your heart.”

    Hall expressed her excitement to perform in the Provo Tabernacle in a press release.

    “We”re thrilled to perform in a place with such rich history, not to mention the fine acoustics and a simply majestic organ,” she said. “And having nearly 500 singers in such a historic place will be truly awe-inspiring.”

    The choirs will be singing from the choir loft and the balcony, performing pieces ranging from the early-Baroque period to contemporary songs. Popular pieces will be performed, including “Jesu, Joy of Man”s Desiring,” and all four choirs will sing an arrangement of “Come, Come Ye Saints.”

    “The many textures and moods of the program will combine for a stunning, high-class performance,” Jean Applonie, director of the Women”s Chorus, said in a press release. “And the first performance of each semester is laced with plenty of adrenaline and fresh excitement.”

    The concert will also feature Eric Whitacre”s “Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine.” This will be the first time that the BYU Singers will perform the impressive piece in concert.

    Ronald Staheli, the conductor of BYU Singers said that the song is “amazing both textually and musically.”

    “The piece is a visual spectacular,” Staheli said in a press release. “Whitacre creates vivid imagery that takes the audience on an exhilarating flight.”

    Nicki Martino, a senior in choral education and a member of Women”s Chorus, said that all four of the choirs” sets will be entertaining.

    “All of the choirs have been working really hard, so it”s going to be wonderful to see what they put forth,” Martino said.

    Tickets are $11, or $8 with a BYU ID, and can be purchased at the BYU Fine Arts Ticket Office or online at www.byuarts.com.

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