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BYU offers variety of free performances Dec. 2-6

Brigham Young University’s School of Music presents several free concerts Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 2-6, in the Harris Fine Arts Center.

• The University Orchestra and University Strings will come together for a concert Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Conducted by Lev Ivanov and Stephen Fairbanks, the University Orchestra will perform pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, “Sugar Plum Fairy Dance” and “Waltz of the Flowers.” They will also present “Pomp and Circumstance, no. 4” by Edward Elgar and “Radetsky March” by Johann Stauss.

University Strings, conducted by Ivanov and James Arbizu, will perform the Symphony for Strings no. 12 by Felix Mendelssohn and two pieces from “Henry V” by William Walton.

• The Songwriters’ Showcase will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Conducted by Ron Simpson, the showcase will feature the music of BYU media music majors selected to perform after completing a songwriting program.

• The BYU Flute Choirs will perform Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

The choir of non-flute majors, conducted by Meleece Orm, will present the Overture to “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Shenandoah” arranged by Mary Jean Simpson and “Tag!” by David L. Wells.

Conducted by Marianne Cutchins, the majors flute choir will perform the overture to “The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini, “Blue Train” by Ryohei Hirose, “Cassation” by Jindřich Feld and “Sails, Winds and Echoes” by Crawford Gates.”

The program will culminate in a combined flute choir holiday piece, “Christmas Fantasy” by Ricky Lombardo.

• A Harp Solo and Ensemble music showcase will be presented Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.

Directed by Anamae Anderson, the harpists will perform Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Mikhail Mchedelov, Invention No. 8 by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program will also feature Christmas classics “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “The Christmas Song” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

For more information, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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