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REXBURG, Idaho ­­­- Two free performances of "The Redeemer," a sacred music oratorio by Latter-day Saint composer Robert Cundick, will be performed March 18 and 19 in Salt Lake City and Rexburg.

The concert will feature more than 400 students, who are members of the Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Collegiate Singers and Concert Choir. It will be directed by music faculty member Eda Ashby.

The Salt Lake City concert will be held Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Free tickets may be obtained from the Temple Square Ticket Office by calling (801) 570-0080 or (866) 537-8457.

The Rexburg concert will be performed Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the BYU-Idaho Center. Tickets are free 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. No children under 6 and Sunday dress is suggested.

Those who are unable to view a performance of "The Redeemer" in person may view it live over the Internet and on demand until March 25.  Click on the following link http://www.byui.edu/live/video.

First performed in 1978, "The Redeemer" is considered one of Cundick's finest works. The former Salt Lake Tabernacle organist for 27 years died in January.

The biennial Sacred Music Series oratorio at BYU-Idaho typically features a new work written by a composer, who has been commissioned by the university.

"We initially had a composer lined up for this year, but that composer was called on a mission with his wife," said Kevin Brower, dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. "In the meantime, we decided to come back to one of our beloved composers for the Church, and a good friend of BYU-Idaho, Robert Cundick."

Brower said, "In honor of him, of his life and of his musical output, we're presenting one of his most beloved pieces."

The sacred music work is in three parts: "The Prophecy," "The Sacrifice" and "The Promise." Part I draws upon prophecies from the Book of Mormon, and from the gospel of Luke that the Messiah would be born of Mary and be called the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world. Part II turns to passages in the Doctrine and Covenants and the Old Testament Book of Job, as well as the Book of Mormon to tell of Christ's atoning sacrifice. Part III tells of the Savior's resurrection and Atonement, as taught by Book of Mormon prophets and latter-day revelation.