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BYU Synthesis to perform in concert April 6

Brigham Young University’s premier big band Synthesis will perform in concert Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are available now for $6 to $10 at and (801) 422-4322.

Directed by faculty member Ray Smith, Synthesis combines swing, blues, jazz, Latin and fusion styles into a feast of jazz entertainment. Some of BYU’s finest and most versatile musicians perform, arrange and compose for this award-winning auditioned ensemble.

Wednesday’s concert will include performances of favorites such as “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” and “I Just Found Out About Love.” Additionally, pieces arranged by Synthesis members and alumni will be played. “Waiting” was composed by alumnus Steve Anderson, and “Our Delight” was arranged by current band member Kurt Reeder.

Formed in 1973, the 18- to 20-member band has performed in venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Synthesis has met with exceptional success, commanding enthusiastic responses from festival, student and community gatherings. A past sweepstakes champion of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, Synthesis has participated in the prestigious Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Pori International Jazz Festival in Finland. The band has also been a special guest performer at Tokyo Disneyland and has performed in the People’s Republic of China.

For more information about the concert, contact Ray Smith at (801) 422-3391 or Learn more about Synthesis and the band’s repertoire at

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Writer: Philip Volmar

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