The premiere of “Ezekiel: Son of Man” featured several BYU-Idaho Department of Music performance groups including Rix Stix Percussion Group, the University Choir and the Collegiate Singers Nov. 7.
This piece was composed by faculty member David Taylor and the text was written by adjunct faculty member Rachel Peck.
Heidi Spjute, a junior studying music, was the featured alto soloist for this event.
Spjute, along with faculty members and former Ricks College faculty member, Rodger Sorensen, participated in this event.
Attendees said that the event was unlike previous shows they have seen because every aspect of this performance was carefully thought out.
According to BYU-Idaho’s official website, “Ezekiel: Son of Man” is an hour-long, five-movement work with four soloists, which tells the story of Ezekiel and how his ministry affected the children of Israel. The show began with Ezekiel’s call to be a prophet and continued to show his journey. The performance also included the downfall of the House of Israel, their lament, the promise of a savior, and joy as they come to accept him as their redeemer.
Carly Cannon, a freshman majoring in general studies, said she enjoyed the different aspects of musicality intertwined with the story.
“I loved how the music matched what the story was trying to convey,” Cannon said. “All of [the] instruments were used well and in unison.”
Cannon said that the percussion instruments were her favorite because of the drama they brought to the show.
“I enjoyed the singing and the other instruments, but Rix Stix did a great job at capturing the feelings of the moment,” Cannon said.