Symphony orchestra practicing a musical number

REXBURG, Idaho— Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Symphony Orchestra will perform Thursday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.

The BYU-I Symphony Orchestra, directed by Music Faculty Member Dr. Dallin Hansen, is comprised of 80 instrumental musicians playing strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The concert will feature Wagner’s Flight of the Valkyries, Miklos Rozsa’s Viola Concerto, and Claude Debussy’s La Mer.

Composed in the 19 century, Flight of the Valkyries is a piece taken from Wagner’s four-part opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen. The song is about the Valkyries—warriors on winged horses from the mythological world of Valhalla whose duty is to pick up fallen heroes and take them back home.

“Audiences can’t miss the heroic theme (of Elmer Fudd fame) played by the low brass and punctuated by the fluttering of wings and soaring flight in the strings,” said Hansen.

Rozsa, a twentieth-century composer, is often known for his film scores and other musical compositions. One of his most recognized works is his 1959 Ben-Hur film score in which he received his third Academy Award. Included in the same genre as most of his scores is his Viola Concerto—a very colorful, lyrical, and energetic piece.

“One can’t help but hear a bit of Hollywood in this concerto—sweeping melodies, driving intense rhythms, and lots of drama,” said Hansen.

Soloing in the Viola Concerto is Dr. Kristina Horrocks, a BYU-Idaho Department of Music faculty member.

Horrocks received her doctorate degree in viola performance from the University of Michigan and has since performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral artist throughout the United States and Europe.

The final piece, La Mer (the sea), was composed in 1905 by Debussy and is a pinnacle impressionistic work for orchestra.

“It is a veritable tour de force for many instruments in the orchestra,” said Hansen. “We hear a wide range of emotion depicting various facets of the ocean—power, depth, light, color, danger, and playfulness. 

Tickets for the event are $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 208-496-3170 or going online at

Guests must be six years or older to attend and are encouraged to wear event dress.