Dare to dream with the BYU Men’s and Women’s Chorus

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By Chelsey Saatkamp

“Dare to Dream” this weekend by enjoying some of the best voices BYU has to offer.

The joint Men and Women’s Chorus concert will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m in the de Jong Concert Hall.  The theme of the joint performances, “Dare to Dream”, offers an evening of music to renew the heart and mind.

The Women’s Chorus will kick off the show with “Awake My Heart to Sing.” They will also be singing “True Colors” and “Beauty of Your Dreams,” a song composed to text by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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The Men and Women’s Choruses will perform this Friday and Saturday in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Jean Applonie, director of the Women’s Chorus, said in addition to the set of dream-themed songs, the women will also be singing a set of Christ-centered pieces such as “Jesus Once of Humble Birth” as well as a chant-like version of “Fairest Lord Jesus.”

“They’re just great songs that remind us of what we’re capable of,” Applonie said. “There’s so much variety and they’re really entertaining.”

Rosalind Hall, director of the Men’s Chorus, said each choir has prepared a set of songs about imagining and setting goals. The Men’s Chorus will be singing “Impossible to Dream,” a song they performed at Homecoming Spectacular. They will also be singing a set of sacred hymns as well as a more fun, upbeat medley titled “Paint Your Wagon.”

“The sacred songs are powerful and uplifting,” Hall said. “The last half of our performance will be a men’s chorus hooplah – a lot of toe-tapping, showstopping, hoedown music. The kind of stuff you want to dance to.”

The students in both the Men’s and Women’s Choruses have been working toward this concert since the beginning of the school year. William Smith, a freshman from New Mexico who sings tenor in the Men’s Chorus, said his favorite pieces are the hymns because they have such beautiful harmonies and lyrics that resonate within.

“People should come because they will have lots of fun listening to beautiful music,” Smith said. “Everyone needs some time to just sit and listen to some good music that invites the Spirit and caters time for thought and revelation.”

Tickets for the event are $10, but students can get $4 off by showing their ID.

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