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Songs of the Spirit, A Spring Concert

Published: March 21, 2016 | Category: Arts

Songs of the Spirit, A Spring ConcertA celebration of the human spirit in song is the theme behind SUU’s Department of Music’s Masterworks Series’ Songs of the Spirit, A Spring Concert. Magnificent works from the classical repertoire will be sung by SUU Choirs with Symphony Orchestra accompaniment. This musical gem is scheduled for Friday, April 1 to be performed at Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a valid I.D. card.

Featuring SUU’s Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, and Opus Chamber Choir, the evening’s program includes an array of works from the choral classical music archives. A highlight of the concert will be a performance of Franz Schubert’s inspirational Mass No. 2 in G Major. The SUU Symphony Orchestra beautifully accompanies these pieces creating a resonating sound of splendor.

Originally composed in 1815, Mass No. 2 in G Major is the best known of the three shorter mass compositions and was composed in less than a week. It premiered the year after Schubert’s first mass had been successfully performed in the composer’s home parish. The second mass was originally more modestly scored than the first, requiring only a string orchestra and organ in addition to the soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists and choir. This 22-minute piece consists of six movements: “Kyrie,” “Gloria,” “Credo,” “Sanctus,” “Benedictus” and “Angus Dei.” 

Conducted by Dr. Xun Sun, SUU Symphony Orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.1 in C Minor, Op.68. Brahms’ symphony took nearly 20 years to compose. Observed as one of the greatest symphonies in Austro-German tradition, it was first performed in 1876.

Renew your soul through the influence of great music by attending Songs of the Spirit. For more information on SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts’ events, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/arts. 


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