Two of the nation’s best collegiate choirs will team up this weekend at the Harris Fine Art Center.
The BYU Singers and Concert Choir will take the stage for a combined concert in the de Jong Concert Hall on March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.
“This is going to be one of the most amazing concerts that BYU has put on,” said Eliza Christensen, undergraduate president of the Concert Choir. “We’ve worked hard for a long time to polish and perfect great works of art for the listening enjoyment of those who would come to listen.”
Ronald Staheli, conductor of the BYU Singers, said the concert is titled “Bridge Across the Atlantic,” because the Concert Choir will sing music from Germany and France while the BYU Singers will sing music by composers from the U.S.
The choirs will perform masterworks from historical and contemporary choral repertoire. The Concert Choir will sing two large-scale works: the “Requiem in D minor by Gabriel Fauré” and “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden,” which is one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous motets. The BYU Singers will sing a wide variety of beautiful pieces from their repertoire for their upcoming tour to England this spring.
“If you want something of an escape from the world of loud noise, frantic pace and dehumanizing media, treat your soul to this concert,” Staheli said. “You are guaranteed an evening of great beauty, as nourishing as it is uplifting and ennobling.”
The combined choir will perform two American folk hymns, “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Come, Come, Ye Saints.”
Patrick Tatman, a graduate assistant in choral conducting, said the special combined concert will provide a much-needed escape from the demands and stresses of daily life.
“It’s a perfect way to experience peace and acquire nourishment for the soul – through the power of high-quality choral music at the highest level of excellent performance,” Tatman said.
Purchase tickets at byuarts.com/tickets or at 801-422-4322.