Four of BYU’s most distinguished choirs will perform at the beginning of November. BYU Singers and Concert Choir will perform a combined concert on Nov. 8 while BYU Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus will perform two combined concerts on Nov. 10 and 11.
The BYU Singers and Concert Choir concert will be titled “Encore.” The name is fitting as both groups will be presenting music that they will also be performing at choral conferences. BYU Singers will perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization biennial conference on Nov. 2 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Concert Choir will perform at the Utah chapter conference of the American Choral Directors Association on Nov. 18. Invitations to both conferences came as a result of a competitive audition process.
BYU Singers’ program is a set of choral music by Slovenian composers past and present while the Concert Choir will perform a huge variety of music, from movements of masses to “Kumbaya.” The groups will combine at the end of the concert to perform a piece together.
“Singing conference programs for our home audience is very special,” said Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus director Rosalind Hall. “We put the program together very carefully and worked really hard to represent BYU as well as we could.”
“This is choral music at the highest national level, performed here in Provo,” Andrew Crane, director of BYU Singers said. “So people definitely don’t want to miss this.”
The BYU Men’s and Women’s Choruses will also perform a music from many different genres.
“The Men's and Women's Chorus only come together once a year,” said Jean Applonie, director of the Women’s Chorus. “It's a great opportunity to partake of each choir's unique spirit and energy. They always perform a wide variety of music, so if you want to smile, laugh or cry, this concert will have it.”
Some of the highlights of the concert will be the Women’s Chorus’ performance of “How Great Thou Art” and a fun arrangement of “Dry Bones.” The evening will also include a reprise of The Music Man medley performed by the Men’s Chorus and Kristin Chenoweth at the BYU Spectacular.
“There is something about 180 men singing in harmony that is captivating,” Hall said. “And if they do it well, it is spellbinding. Choral music lifts one’s spirits. The choirs all have a contagious love of life and music that you can’t help but take away with you. It rubs off on the audience pretty fast.”