Perpromers of Brigham Young University - Idaho take their final bows at the tabernacle in Temple Square. Photo by Ryan Chase.

A Message of Christ: The Redeemer

Music has affected many people. It touches hearts and gives people emotions according to their attitude towards the music.

The Redeemer, composed by Robert Cundick, will be performed on Saturday March 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

The structure of The Redeemer is similar to a church service. It begins with a prelude and an invocaton and follows with the main portion. Two hymn arrangements are sung and the performance is concluded with a benediction and postlude music, according to the Newsroom Web page.

The Redeemer is considered an oratorio. It is performed continuously without pause or applause, according to BYU-Idaho Newsroom Web page.

An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text more or less dramatic in character and usually based upon a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume or scenery, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

“Knowing we would be doing this work, I invited my choir members to prepare themselves this semester by getting their lives in order to deliver the message of the work with power,” said Eda Ashby, music faculty member and conductor for The Redeemer.

Ashby said she was originally in the audience when The Redeemer first premiered and was moved by the beauty of the work.

Concert Choir began practicing in February for the upcoming performance. Collegiate singers and the men’s and women’s choirs join in with the large choruses, Ashby said.

“We have been working hard but feel we have hardly had time to do justice to this wonderful work,” Ashby said.

Kaylah Hassard, a junior studying English education, said she can show her gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through this performance.

“It truly has been wonderful to feel of that power that we can all bring to each other’s lives and I hope those in the audience can feel the same,” Grover said.

Robert Cundick composed The Redeemer, in 1978, according to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Website.

Cundick said, “It’s worship through music. I hope this work will serve as a catalyst for each listener to meditate on God’s love for them. I feel strongly that a combination of music and spoken word intensifies the spiritual experience,” according to the Newsroom web page.

Robert Cundick was born in 1926 in Sandy, Utah. He was most well known for playing the organ for 27 years with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. His principal teacher was Alexander Schreiner, according to 2009 Sacred Music Cover.

As Tabernacle Organist Emeritus, he continued to devote much of his time to composition, according to the 2009 Sacred Music Cover. A strong advocate of tonal composition in traditional forms, he believed that one can continue to compose music that speaks to both performer and listener in a fresh manner using a language that is familiar to general audiences.

Cundick retired as a Salt Lake Tabernacle organist in 1991, according to Cundick’s obituary on January 8, 2016.

He has composed in choral, orchestral and chamber genres. He studied composition with the American composer Leroy Robertson. In 1955, he received his Ph.D. and started to teach at the University of Utah. He later taught at Brigham Young University for 24 years, according to the Sacred Music Cover.

Cundick passed away January 7, 2016, but his music lives on.

The Redeemer will be held in the BYU-Idaho Center Auditorium. Tickets are free. There will be a preshow dinner at the Hyrum Manwaring Center Special Events Room for $15, according to the BYU-Idaho Event Calendar.

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