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BYU Philharmonic to premiere work by Libby Larsen in concert Feb. 23

Part of 2008 College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference at BYU

On Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., the Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra will premiere a work by Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen in a concert to coincide with the 2008 College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference at BYU Feb. 21-23.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission or $7 with a BYU or student ID and can be purchased at the BYU Fine Arts Ticket Office or by calling (801) 422-4322.

Larsen was commissioned to pen “Bach 358” by BYU’s Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for the 2008 CODA National Conference. One of America’s most performed living composers, Larsen has created a catalogue that includes more than 220 works and spans genres from chamber music to orchestral and choral scores.

In addition to premiering Larsen’s piece, the orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s Suite from “The Perfect Fool” and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 in G major. Faculty artist Jennifer Welch Babidge, soprano, will be a guest performer. Kory Katseanes will direct the orchestra, whose members include 95 of BYU's finest musicians.

With members from more than 100 colleges, CODA champions the art of teaching and performing orchestral music and strives to encourage and support the artistic, professional and personal growth of college orchestra directors and their students.

Registration for the 2008 National Conference will begin on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. Saturday’s keynote address will be given at 11 a.m. by Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops and the Utah Symphony.

A detailed conference schedule can be found at ce.byu.edu/cw/coda. For more information on the concert or the conference, contact Kory Katseanes at (801) 422-3331.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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