February 4, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony Band will present its annual Sousa concert Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall with special guest Larry Zalkind on trombone.

The concert will follow the traditional programming format set by American legend John Philip Sousa, said Symphony Band director Diane Soelberg. The music to be performed on the program is a retrospective of Sousa's 50 years of concerts. The concert will feature elements common to Sousa's entire career: classical works by European composers; virtuoso instrumental solos; selections from his suites, operettas, and novelties; and of course, the splendid Sousa marches. There will also be a patriotic tribute to veterans.

Headlining the concert is trombone-standout Larry Zalkind. In 1981, while pursuing his doctorate in music performance at the University of Michigan, the then 25-year-old Zalkind won an audition to become principal trombonist for the Utah Symphony. He began working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as acting associate principal in 2009 and is currently on leave from the Utah Symphony. Zalkind also was a faculty member at the University of Utah for 26 years.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for BYU-Idaho students. They may be purchased from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 496-2230 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.