Utah Valley University’s Department of Music presents a week of Winter Concerts December 8-10. UVU’s Chamber Choir and Masterworks Chorale will perform A Christmas Festival of Music in celebration of the holiday season on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:30PM in the Ragan Theater. Directed by Dyanne Riley, the concert will begin with Vivaldi’s Gloria accompanied by harpsichord. Then both choirs will sing a selection of traditional carols. Among the carols will be a performance of Kurt Bestor’s Open the Door for the Children, an a cappella piece inspired by lyrics found in an old spiritualist hymnal.
UVU’s Symphony Orchestra, directed by Bryce Rytting, will perform in the Ragan Theater at 7:30PM on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. The concert will feature Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, initially commissioned as serenade music by the Sigmund Haffner family, and later rewritten to become one of Mozarts most popular symphonies. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations will also be performed. The Enigma Variations consist of an orchestra theme and fourteen variations, each of which is a portrait of one of Elgar’s close friends.
The winter concerts conclude on Thursday, December 10, 2009 with Dance the Night Away, performed by UVU’s Symphony Band. The concert will be held at 7:30PM in the Ragan Theater. Music by Dana Wilson, Vincent Persichetti, Robert Russell Bennett, Leonard Bernstein and Jim Colonna will be performed. Director of the Symphony Band James Colonna said, “If you enjoy rhythmic music to ‘dance to,’ then this is the concert for you. This concert features a variety of dance inspired pieces by Broadway Orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett, jazz inspired music by jazz pianist and composer, Dana Wilson and music for glory, by Leonard Bernstein.”
These performances are free and open to the public.
For more information contact the music office, (801) 863-8354


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