July 2, 2014
Writer: Don Sparhawk
For the first time, a performance of a major musical work featuring Brigham Young University-Idaho choirs and orchestra will be streamed live over the Internet.
The final concert of "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains" on Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. will be streamed from the BYU-Idaho Center in Rexburg. The concert also will remain posted for about 10 days for people to view. To watch the concert, go to byui.edu/live/video.
Free tickets to attend the Rexburg concert in person are still available and may be obtained from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office. Order online at byui.edu/tickets or call the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office at (208) 496-3170 or toll free at (800) 717-4257.
The oratorio, which was commissioned by BYU-Idaho as part of its Sacred Music Series and composed by Daniel Gawthrop, features the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Men's Choir, Women's Choir and Collegiate Singers. It was already performed June 25 in Twin Falls and June 28 at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
The lyrics for the new work have been adapted from scripture by Gawthrop's wife, Jane Griner, focusing on chapters 12-16 of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon.
This is the 12th work in the university's Sacred Music Series. The initial commissioned work, which premiered in 1989, was Darwin Wolford's "Behold, He Cometh!" This helped to establish the foundation of the current biennial series wherein BYU-Idaho commissions, performs and records major Latter-day Saint religious music.
Conductor Dallin Hansen, a member of the BYU-Idaho Department of Music, said, "The music is very traditional in terms of its harmonic language, and the overall mood is gentle but powerful. I think the audience will receive the work with enthusiasm and love."
This is Gawthrop's second oratorio. His first was "The Passion and the Promise of Our Lord Jesus Christ," which was performed at BYU-Idaho, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., in 2001.