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Writer: Don Sparhawk
The Brigham Young University-Idaho Collegiate Singers will perform Friday, June 21 in the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall on the BYU-Idaho campus in Rexburg and Saturday, June 22 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
The BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers will perform pieces that reflect moods from the sublime to the ridiculous, including music of the English Renaissance, Italian opera, American classics, "Water Night" by American choral phenom Eric Whitacre, and new pieces by two of Whitacre's up-and-coming competitors, Oja Gjeilo and Kevin Memley. The concert features Brandon Bascom of the BYU-Idaho Department of Music piano faculty, and a student string quartet. The Singers will also provide audience members with a sneak preview of songs from the upcoming "Patriots and Pioneers" concert in the BYU-Idaho Center.
"This is a very new group whose sound is quite different compared to previous editions of the Singers," said Randall Kempton, director of the Collegiate Singers. "But the spirit and power of the choir to help audiences laugh, cry, learn and love remains the same."
The BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers is a highly select, auditioned choir consisting of students from majors all across campus. Their talent is showcased during concerts throughout the year both on and off campus. Recently, the Collegiate Singers returned from a two-week tour of Ghana.
The concert in Salt Lake City is free; tickets for the Barrus Concert Hall show are $3 for students and $6 for all other patrons. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the Spencer W. Kimball Building or online at www.byui.edu/tickets. Event dress is requested.