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BYU Winter Choirfest to fill Provo Tabernacle Jan. 30-31

The combined choirs of Brigham Young University will appear in concert in the annual "Winter ChoirFest" at the historic Provo Tabernacle, 100 S. University Avenue, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $11, or $8 with BYU or student ID, and can be purchased online at www.byuarts.com, by phone at (801) 422-4322 or in person at the Harris Fine Arts Center Ticket Office. Pending availability, tickets will be sold at the door. Past BYU choir concerts held at the Provo Tabernacle have sold out, so organizers advise patrons to buy tickets soon.

"We’re thrilled to perform in a place with such rich history, not to mention the fine acoustics and a simply majestic organ," said Rosalind Hall, conductor of BYU Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus. "And having nearly 500 singers in such a historic place will be truly awe-inspiring."

The concert will showcase the broad repertoire of the choirs, incorporating works from the early-Baroque period up to the present day by such composers as J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland and Eric Whitacre.

"The many textures and moods of the program will combine for a stunning, high-class performance," said Jean Applonie, director of the Women’s Chorus. "And the first performance of each semester is laced with plenty of adrenaline and fresh excitement."

Having recently recorded the second installment of the complete works of Eric Whitacre, BYU Singers will give their first-ever concert performance of Whitacre’s "Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine," a piece depicting Leonardo da Vinci at work.

"The piece is a visual spectacular," said Ronald Staheli, conductor of BYU Singers. "Whitacre creates vivid imagery that takes the audience on an exhilarating flight."

The tabernacle organ, known for its 49 ranks and more than 2,500 organ pipes, will be under the command of associate professor of organ Don Cook.

For more information, contact Ronald Staheli at (801) 422-3169 or Ronald_staheli@byu.edu.

Writer: Brady Toone

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