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Synthesis concert Nov. 18 to feature works by members, alumni

Brigham Young University’s award-winning jazz ensemble Synthesis will be performing Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $8-$11 through the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322 or at

“All the pieces in this performance are written by BYU students past and present,” said director Ray Smith. “These are pieces for Synthesis by Synthesis dating as far back as 1981. There is also a dominance of variety of ethnic styles like African, Latin, Spanish, Chinese, Scottish and American.”

In the show they will be performing “Bembe” by Lyle Durland, “It’s a Brand New Day” by Steve Erickson, “Xiao He Tang Shui” by Keke Xu and many other songs by BYU students and alumni.

The ensemble will also take on jazz legend Maria Schneider’s “Buleria, Solea y Rumba,” which Smith describes as “a real tour de force piece.”

Synthesis combines swing, blues, jazz, Latin and fusion styles into one show. The ensemble has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia and has also won festivals in the U.S., Switzerland, Holland and Finland. The student artists have been guest performers at Tokyo Disneyland and in the People’s Republic of China.

For more information on the concert, contact Ray Smith at (801) 422-3391.

Writer: Brandon Garrett

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