In 1993, the University began a program of biennial commissions to LDS composers to create new religious oratorios with texts drawn from scripture. These new Sacred Music Series works have been performed in several major national venues. Building on a tradition begun in 1989 when the school commissioned Darwin Wolford's Behold, He Cometh! for its centennial celebration, the Sacred Music Series continues to contribute signifcantly to the growing body of new music works inspired by President Spencer W. Kimball when he said:

For the 2020 installment, join the Department of Music on March 28, 2020 in the BYU - Idaho Center at 7:30pm as they perform Visions of Light and Truth, a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Composed by A. Laurence Lyon, the work combines the richness of melodies, the eloquence of soloists, the harmony of full orchestration, the fullness of collegiate choirs, and the spirit of a sacred message. In Lyon’s words, “Joseph Smith was not the first and only prophet to have a vision regarding the Father and the Son. In fact, his vision fits the pattern of so many prophets, as revealed in the scriptures.” The First Vision “initiated the Restoration of the Lord’s gospel—an unfolding Restoration that continues today.” (President Russell M. Nelson) Enjoy this musical and spiritual event as part of your preparation for a historical and unforgettable General Conference. Free event. No tickets required. Live stream at