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BYU announces Performing Arts Series artists for 2008-2009

Season ticket sales will begin May 8

The Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications has announced a distinguished roster of guest artists who will perform at BYU as part of the 2008-2009 Performing Arts Series season.

Season and individual ticket information is available from the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4377 or at byuarts.com. The series sales will begin on Thursday, May 8.

The season will begin with the Indian classical music ensemble Taal Yatra presenting new and traditional Indian classical compositions in its concert “An Odyssey Into Rhythm” on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the de Jong Concert Hall. The ensemble creates a modern and fresh integration of the sounds of drum set and keyboards in a repertoire that symbolizes the synergy of several streams of Indian music. Tickets are $11, $8 for BYU students, faculty and staff, and $10 for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

The Shangri-la Chinese Acrobats will perform balancing feats, martial arts displays and more in a show for all ages on Friday, Oct. 3, in the de Jong Concert Hall. The grace and precision of the acrobats are the triumph of years of training and discipline in an art form influenced by centuries of tradition. Tickets are $20 to $30, with a $7 discount for BYU students, faculty and staff, and a $3 discount for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

Experience the golden glow of trumpets and horns as guest conductor David Angus leads the Utah Symphony in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “Romantic,” on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are $16 to $19, with a $5 discount for BYU students, faculty and staff, and a $3 discount for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

Croatia’s renowned Zagreb Saxophone Quartet has given performances in more than 20 countries since 1989 and will perform in BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall on Saturday, Nov. 1. The group’s repertoire includes pieces originally written for saxophone quartets as well as arrangements of pieces by composers from periods and styles ranging from the baroque to the 21st century. Tickets are $16, $11 for BYU students, faculty and staff, and $13 for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

Hailed as “the high priests of brass” by Newsweek and “positively breathtaking” by The New York Times, the chamber music ensemble American Brass Quintet will present a concert on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the de Jong Concert Hall. Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, extensive discography and educational mission, the quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field. Tickets are $16, $11 for BYU students, faculty and staff, and $13 for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

The Utah Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform what may be the most bold and well-recognized music composed during the Baroque period, Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” on Friday, Jan.16, in the Madsen Recital Hall. Tickets are $16 to $19, with a $5 discount for BYU students, faculty and staff, and a $3 discount for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

Jennifer Larmore, the outstanding American mezzo-soprano who has parlayed operatic success in Europe into international stardom, will present a concert on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the de Jong Concert Hall. Larmore has recorded widely for many labels on more than 70 albums, earning her the distinction of being the most-recorded mezzo-soprano of all time. Tickets are $15 to $28, with a $7 discount for BYU students, faculty and staff, and a $3 discount for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

The 5 Browns have swept the classical world with their popular recordings of classical music, and will perform in BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 11. The New York Post called this youthful, all-American quintet of brothers and sisters, each a virtuoso concert pianist, “the biggest classical music sensation in years.” Tickets are $26 to $36, with a $7 discount for BYU students, faculty and staff, and a $3 discount for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

The 2008-2009 concert season will close on Tuesday, March 24, with a performance by the exuberant New York-based modern dance group Parsons Dance Company. The company fuses the gestures and movements of the modern dance vocabulary and combines them with the discipline and precision expected from a classical company. The company features 10 dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 60 works, 20 of which feature scores by recognized musicians like Dave Matthews. Tickets are $15 to $25, with a $7 discount for BYU students, faculty and staff, and a $3 discount for senior citizens and BYU alumni.

For more information, visit byuarts.com or call the BYU Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4377.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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