The BYU Philharmonic will perform Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Kory Katseanes. The show will be in the de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center at BYU. Tickets are available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at byuarts.com. For those who are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at liveconcerts.byu.edu.
The widely-acclaimed ensemble will feature three landmark works for the orchestra. These include the “Tragic Overture” by Brahms, Schoenberg’s “Five Pieces for Orchestra” and Robert Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2, in C Major.” Brahms’ “Tragic Overture” has not been played in more than 20 years at BYU, and this will be a BYU premiere for the Schumann and Schoenberg pieces.
Schoenberg’s “Five Pieces for Orchestra” is cited by Katseanes as one of the most important pieces ever written as it single-handedly changed the course of music history. Though it was written in 1909, Katseanes said it may sound like it was written yesterday.
“Robert Schumann’s ‘Symphony No. 2’ is perhaps his most well-known symphony and is one of the greatest romantic symphonies in literature,” Katseanes said. “Powerful and poignant, it is full of lyricism and energy that will sweep the audience off, or hopefully to, their feet.”
Student performer Max Olivier said learning these pieces has been a privilege as an aspiring performer. Olivier noted learning “Five Pieces for Orchestra” has been an especially richly rewarding journey.
“Playing in an orchestra is a beautiful, synergistic experience and it produces a feeling that is hard to describe,” Olivier said. “I hope that the audience can join us and feel of the beauty, humanity, struggle, redemption and spirituality inherent in this music.”
The BYU Philharmonic includes approximately 95 of BYU’s finest student musicians who come from all over the world to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in music performance or education.
The orchestra often collaborates with productions by BYU’s acclaimed opera, choral and ballet programs. Each year while on tour the group gives performance technique workshops and clinics for young musicians at local schools and community centers.
Katseanes served as Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony from 1987 to 2002. He is currently Director of Orchestras at BYU and oversees nearly 450 students enrolled in the five university orchestras and directs the graduate orchestral conducting program.
The BYU Philharmonic originates in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU.