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BYU School of Music plans Mendelssohn marathon Feb. 3

More than 60 Brigham Young University School of Music students and faculty will take the stage to celebrate the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn in “The Mendelssohn Project,” a marathon concert of all 49 of his “Lieder ohne Worte,” or “Songs without Words,” Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center.

The concert is free and tickets are not required.

Mendelssohn rose to acclaim early in life, writing huge volumes of material for piano, orchestra, voice and solo instruments, in addition to being one of the most in-demand conductors of his time, said Scott Holden, associate professor of piano and organizer of “The Mendelssohn Project.”

“He accomplished more before the age of 18 than most composers accomplish in a lifetime,” Holden said. “He is still known as one of the greatest musical prodigies of all time.”

In addition to the “Songs without Words,” the concert will include works for cello, clarinet, organ and voice.

Featuring more than 55 student performers, the concert will also include performances by BYU School of Music faculty members Julie Bevan, cello, Jeffrey Shumway, piano, and Douglas Bush, organ.

Due to the length of the program, attendees are welcome to come and go as they are able, Holden said.

For more information, contact Scott Holden at (801) 422-7713 or

Writer: Brady Toone

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