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Living Legends concert March 23 celebrates 35 years of performing

Brigham Young University’s Living Legends will present a special performance of song and dance for BYU Heritage Week, celebrating the Polynesian, Latin American and Native American cultures Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

The performance will also commemorate the 35-year anniversary of Living Legends, originally called the Lamanite Generation. Founders, directors and alumni will be recognized before the show.

Tickets are $10 or $8 with BYU or student ID. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322 or visit performances.byu.edu.

From the graceful Hawaiian hula to Mexican Fiesta dances of celebration to the excitement and beauty of a Native American Pow Wow, “Seasons” will depict themes that relate to all civilizations and cultures.

The “Seasons” performance will include a new opening and finale composed by Sam Cardon with lyrics by David Tinney, as well as a newly staged rendition of the Living Legends theme, “Go, My Son,” written by two original members of the group, Carnes Burson and Arlene Nofchissey Williams.

“Living Legends pays tribute to the three cultures celebrated during Heritage Week,” said Living Legends Director Janielle Christensen. “Through music and dance we portray the seasons of these cultures—the season of Promise, Plenty, Prosperity, Pride, War and Re-birth.”

Living Legends director Christensen works with 36 performers of Latin American, Native American or Polynesian heritage, along with an eight-member technical crew working with lighting, props and sound.

Living Legends captures the essence of ancient and modern cultures with authentic choreography, intricate costumes and ethnic music that bring to life the beauty of traditional cultures often forgotten in today's modern world.

For more information, contact Janielle Christensen at (801) 422-2570.

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