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Young Ambassadors in "Heartsongs: Melodies of Love" March 7, 8

Brigham Young University’s Young Ambassadors will perform “Heartsongs: Melodies of Love” Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8 in the de Jong Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. on Friday with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

Tickets are $12, with $1 off for seniors and BYU alumni and $4 off for students and BYU employees. They are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, 801-422-2981 or byuarts.com/tickets.

“Heartsongs: Melodies of Love,” highlights some of the world’s all-time favorite love songs in a vibrant musical journey through the rollercoaster of life. With show tunes from award-winning Broadway musicals “Cinderella,” “Singin’ In the Rain,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and featuring international hits by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Bublé, Adele, and Michael Jackson, the performance celebrates life’s unforgettable seasons of love in a spirited 90-minute showcase that is appropriate for family members of all ages.

Wearing colorful costumes and filling the stage with a kaleidoscope of dance and musical styles, the Young Ambassadors’ concerts provide a glimpse of their unique vision of international understanding, born of decades of goodwill tours around the world. Dance styles range from tap to the syncopated rhythms of the Caribbean islands, while featuring the next generation of contemporary sounds and choreography. 2013–2014 season locations for “Heartsongs: Melodies of Love” include performance halls throughout Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.

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.

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: Brett Lee

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Photo by Scott Eldredge

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