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Young Ambassadors in “Harmony: the Music of Life” Feb. 13-16

Since making their worldwide debut at the Osaka 1970 World Expo, Brigham Young University’s Young Ambassadors have been entertaining audiences across the globe. They will be presenting their exciting show, “Harmony: the Music of Life,” to local audiences Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 13-16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, 801-422-4322 or byuarts.com/tickets.

This polished and rousing musical production blends the best of Broadway with favorite radio hits for every generation. A must-see compilation of some of America’s best-loved musical scores, “Harmony” depicts scenes from life’s most significant moments, highlighting each experience through popular music from Michael Bublé, Stephen Schwartz, Benny Goodman and more.

With its astounding vocal talent and stunning choreography, “Harmony” puts a smile on audiences’ faces that lasts the entire show, according to artistic director Randy Boothe. The production’s costumes brighten the stage and transport audiences through every stage of life, from childhood fairytales to the teenage years, falling in love, raising a family and growing older. The spirited 90-minute showcase provides an entertaining evening out for family members of all ages.

The Young Ambassadors are accompanied by a live ten-piece show band that features some of the university’s finest instrumental performers. These musicians’ animated performances enhance each number so audiences always get what they came for: a night of talent and entertainment in every facet of the performance.

The Young Ambassadors brought “Harmony” to performance halls throughout the West as well as South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland during the 2011-2012 season. This spring they will be touring through China presenting “Harmony.”

Over the past 40 years, the Young Ambassadors have shared their remarkable talent and energy in almost 70 countries. The talented group traveled to Australia in 2008 for a special three-week tour where they performed for the legislators in the Queensland State Parliament in Brisbane. The Young Ambassadors have also performed for heads of state in India, Britain, Jordan, Egypt, Japan and the United States. Since 2000, the Young Ambassadors have been to Brazil, Argentina, the 2002 Winter Olympics, Canada, Russia, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, twice to China, Tasmania, Africa, throughout Scandinavia and all over the United States.

Prominent past members include former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Diamond Rio’s Dan Truman and Broadway favorites Christeena Michelle Riggs and Candese Marchese.

The Young Ambassadors represent the School of Music in cooperation with the Department of Dance from the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

For more information and to download production photos, visit youngambassadors.byu.edu.

Writer: Preston Wittwer

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Photo by iStockPhoto.com

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