Friday, at 7:30 p.m., BYU-Idaho’s Concert Choir will be performing at the Ruth H. Barrus Concert Hall in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will feature a broad range of musical styles, from Baroque to gospel, said Benjamin Simms, a Concert Choir singer and sophomore studying music education.
Simms said students should expect everything from slow songs to fast, upbeat music.
“There will be moments when you’ll be thinking deep thoughts about life and the gospel, and moments when you’ll want to be on your feet clapping with us,” Simms said.
Concert Choir instructor Kevin Brower, the dean of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, said the title of the concert will be “Music in the Air.”
Brower said he was particularly impressed with Elder Wilford W. Andersen’s statement, “I can teach you to dance, but you have to hear the music.”
Brower said this inspiration for the theme of the concert came from an April 2015 general conference address titled, “The Music of the Gospel.”
“We’re going to present a concert that tells a story on how we actually come to hear the music, literally and metaphorically,” Brower said.
Brower said a subtitle for the show could also be “A Journey of Discovery,” because the concert will allegorically portray the human journey.
Simms said the concert is not only going to be enjoyable to students who appreciate good music, but it will also provide relief to those who are stressed.
“You’ll hear about the wonderful, fun and exciting things about the Plan of Happiness as well as some of the darker parts of our struggle to find true happiness,” Simms said.
Simms said music has helped him to avoid giving into temptations, made him feel better after bad days and strengthened his testimony.
“Music has the ability to help us manage our emotions, improve our minds and feed our spirits,” Simms said.
Brower said he hopes all students who attend the concert will truly feel the music in the air as the title implies.
“What I hope they get is a better understanding of the music, literally and metaphorically, as they understand the richness of what our Heavenly Father has provided for us,” Brower said.
The Concert Choir started this semester, and is an auditioned choir of about 70 students, Bower said.
He said this concert will be the Concert Choir’s second performance of the semester.
The concert costs $3 for students.
The Concert Choir will also perform the same show at the Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City Temple Square Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.