New sacred music work premieres in Rexburg and Pocatello

February 23, 2012

Writer: Don Sparhawk

Brigham Young University-Idaho's choirs and orchestra will premiere a new sacred music work at Idaho State University on March 8, followed by a performance at BYU-Idaho on March 9. The tour will conclude in the Salt Lake Tabernacle March 10.

Bring Forth My Zion features the music of Dr. K. Newell Dayley, dean of the School of the Arts at Utah Valley University and emeritus professor of music at Brigham Young University. The work is the eleventh in the series of sacred music oratorios commissioned by BYU-Idaho.

Under the direction of Randall Kempton, the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra will combine with more than 250 voices from the BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers and Men's and Women's Choirs to present this musical performance.           

As a composer, Dr. Dayley may be best known for hymns such as "Lord, I Would Follow Thee," "I Feel My Savior's Love" and "Faith in Every Footstep," which are widely used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1997, he also wrote Immanuel, another sacred work commissioned as part of this series.

"The purpose of this musical work is to help us realize and remember how to become more like those of old who were of one heart and one mind, and lived together in righteousness and happiness," said Dayley. "There were no poor among them. There was no contention. There was no bondage. They were all made free and partakers of heaven's gifts."

The performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and free tickets are available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office at or at 496-3170, as well as at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 282-3595. A BYU-Idaho pre-show dinner is available at 6 p.m. for an additional $15.