February Brings a Full Performance Schedule to Temple Square

A variety of concerts will be held in the Tabernacle and the Assembly Hall, with BYU Winterfest performances in the Conference Center Theater. For convenience sake, specific performing groups and dates for BYU Winterfest are grouped together in this notice.  Each event is open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise indicated. 

Friday, February 5-The Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Scowcroft, will perform in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. Their program will feature Festival Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich, and Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60 by Antonin Dvork.  For free tickets, call 801-570-0080 or visit online at lds.org/events.

Friday, February 12-The Church Music Festival, featuring works of distinction and merit composed or arranged by LDS members throughout the United States, will be performed by the Logan Institute of Religion Latter-day Voices Choir in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  A children’s choir from the River Heights Utah Stake will also be participating in the concert.

Saturday, February 13-The Air Force Academy LDS Cadet Choir will present a program of patriotic and sacred songs in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Pieces include John Rutter’s “Distant Land,” Senator Orrin Hatch’s “Heal Our Land,” Janice Kapp Perry’s “A Child’s Prayer,” and many others.  The choir is under the direction of Carl Crockett.  Acclaimed organist Joseph Galema will play three classical solo pieces during the program.

Friday, February 19-A Cultural Arts Submission Presentation will take place in the chapel at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building at 7:30 p.m.  Featured will be an evening of poetry reading and a readers’ theater script presentation of works recognized from the annual Church Cultural Arts Submission.  This event is open to all ages.

Friday, February 26-The Saint Michael Trio (violin, cello, and piano), Artists in Residence at Menlo College in California, will present an impressive program in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Violinist Daniel Cher, cellist Michel Flexer, and pianist Russell Hancock will play pieces by Chaminade, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Piazzolla, Bolling and others.  Their repertoire spans classics to contemporary, including jazz greats and their own arrangements.

Saturday, February 27-Harpist Carolyn Duede will perform in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  She has been featured in solo concerts, on radio broadcasts, in chamber groups, and with community orchestras all over the country.  This concert will feature such works as “Passacaille” by Handel, “La Source” by Hasselmans, “Sarabande” from Pour le piano by Debussy, and “Petite Suite” by Watkins.

In addition, 30-minute organ recitals are held in the Tabernacle weekdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Also, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals are open to the public in the Tabernacle on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m., as is “Music and the Spoken Word” featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sundays in the Conference Center when doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. 30-minute broadcast.

For Temple Square Performances information, call 801-240-3323.

BYU Winterfest

Six Brigham Young University performing groups will perform in the Conference Center Theater throughout the month of February as part of BYU Winterfest.  Tickets are required and cost $8.00 per person.  Tickets can be obtained by calling 801-570-0080 or online at lds.org/events.  BYU Winterfest schedule is as follows:

Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6-Living Legends.  Enjoy dynamic choreography of Native America with the color and vitality of Polynesian and Latin American dances performed by talented descendants of these cultures and woven together by traditional and contemporary music.  Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 11-Vocal Point.  Vocal Point has established itself as one of the nation’s top collegiate a cappella groups.  Patterned after the barbershop sound, these outstanding nine performers take the a cappella sound to a whole new level.  Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 12-Synthesis.  Award-winning instrumental jazz ensemble, Synthesis combines swing, jazz, blues, rock, fusion, gospel, and Latin styles.  The band performs favorites by jazz legends, such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and Louis Armstrong, along with original compositions and arrangements.  Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20-Ballroom Dance Company.  A wide variety of dance numbers from a graceful waltz to a playful swing, to an energetic Latin style will be performed by the Ballroom Dance Company.  This award-winning group has won many competitions and toured around the world, stunning audiences everywhere with precision and professional-quality movements.  Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 26-Theatre Ballet.  BYU’s Theatre Ballet will perform their new, captivating production, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, which includes excerpts from Cinderella, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides.  Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 27-Choral Showcase, featuring the BYU Singers and Concert Choir, has been a highlight of Winterfest each year.  The Singers, under the direction of Ron Staheli, has captivated audiences around the world with their versatility, beautiful sound, and innovative programming.  The Concert Choir is directed by Rosalind Hall and will perform works from various genres.  Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

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