June 23, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Singer George Dyer from Branson, Mo., will be the featured guest artist at the second annual "Patriots and Pioneers" musical tribute at Brigham Young University-Idaho on Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m.

This year's performance will be held in the BYU-Idaho Center's 15,000-seat auditorium that opened in December. The program will feature several hundred BYU-Idaho students, including the BYU-Idaho Men's and Women's Choirs, Collegiate Singers, and the University Band.

"This year's program is a rich experience of heartfelt music and spoken word commemorating our love of God, country, peace and our families," said Kevin Brower, dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. "Beloved music such as ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,' ‘Shenandoah,' ‘Let Freedom Ring,' ‘Parade of the Services,' ‘Bring Him Home,' and ‘How Great Thou Art' are cornerstones of the program."

Dyer has performed extensively to wide acclaim in concert halls across North America and in many countries, and has been a guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on several occasions.

Dyer has released three solo recordings on the Shadow Mountain label: Wondrous Love, Then Sings My Soul, and A New Song.

A special $15 family rate is available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office or by calling 496-3170. Regular tickets can also be purchased at www.byui.edu/tickets at $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-Idaho students. A preshow dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Manwaring Center Special Events Room for $15 extra.