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BYU Symphony, guest artists plan free April 10 concert

Guest artists Xun Sun on the violin, Julie Bevan on cello

The BYU Symphony Orchestra will perform Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Admission will be free. The concert will be conducted by Eric Hansen and will feature guest artist Xun Sun on the violin and faculty artist Julie Bevan on cello.

Xun Sun serves as director of Orchestral Activities at Southern Utah University. In 2003, Sun became the music director and conductor of the Orchestra of Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah. He is the principal guest conductor of the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, China. He earned his two master’s degrees from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China. He is pursuing his doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York.

Julie Bevan has had a diverse career as a cellist and teacher throughout the West and Midwest. A native of Utah, she received her musical training at BYU and later at the University of Southern California, where she received a master’s degree as a member of the master class of legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

Of the concert, Hansen said, “We begin with a Bernstein appetizer, and then go on to a full-course meal of all Tchaikovsky.”

The 85-member Symphony will perform selections such as “Overture to Candide,” by Leonard Bernstein; “Serenade Melancholique,” Op. 26; the White Swan Pas de Deux from “Swan Lake,” Op. 20,” and “Capriccio Italienne,” Op. 45 by Tchaikovsky.

For more information, contact Eric Hansen at (801) 422-4135, or via e-mail at h_eric_hansen@byu.edu.

Writer: Brooke Eddington

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