BYU Men’s, Women’s Chorus unite for annual fall concert

Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and BYU Singers combine to perform at a previous concert. (BYU Music Department)

BYU Men’s and Women’s Chorus will share the stage in their annual fall concert as they perform a variety of choral masterpieces and popular tunes of today under the theme “A Million Dreams” from the “Greatest Showman.”

Preparations for this upcoming performance have consisted with long hours of practicing. Both chorus teams have had the opportunity to perfect their pieces as they performed for the American Choral Director’s Association in Sandy, Utah, Oct. 27.

“Some of the songs which we will perform in the concert are extremely hard, which makes the sound of the piece even more rewarding,” said Jacob VanDerwerken, a member of BYU Men’s Chorus.

The Men’s Chorus plans to perform some of their old favorites like, “Goin’ Home” and “Homeward Bound,” along with a ghoulish rendition of “Ghost’s High Noon” by Gilbert and Sullivan.

“You’ll hear everything from the beauty of Bach and Mozart to the fun pieces from Gilbert and Sullivan and the ‘Greatest Showman.’ There will be something for everyone,” said Jean Applonie, the director of BYU Women’s Chorus.

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BYU Men’s and Women’s Chorus plans to perform in their annual fall concert Nov. 2 to Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. (Harris Fine Arts Center)

Some highlights from the Women’s Chorus include a South African greeting song, hymn arrangements for “Where Can I Turn for Peace” and hit songs from “The Greatest Showman,” like “This is Me” and “A Million Dreams.”

“There are other surprises which are sure to entertain those in attendance at the concert,” VanDerweken said.

Performances will be held Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are available at the BYU Ticket Office in the HFAC or Marriott Center, by phone at 801.422.2981 or online.

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