Tonight, the Ladies' Reeding Society is holding a performance in the BYU-Idaho Snow Recital Hall. As the name suggests, the society is an all-women group from across the country.
"The Ladies Reeding Society members are all over the country, and we rehearse separately and then all come together to do these collaboration concerts and collaboration residency and creative projects together," said Lori Shepherd, a freelance clarinetist, and saxophonist who has come into town just to play in the concert.
The performers sent out a call for scores that matched with a theme of national parks, monuments, museums, nature preserves, or an influential event, work of literature, or person in recent history. The group received over 60 submissions and has already played 13 live, and wants to play more.
"I think we've done probably 12 or 13 of the pieces ... these will be world premieres when we play them, and these will finish up the original 13 that we chose and we looked back on what was submitted and thought, 'You know, there is real quality in what was submitted, so we are going to choose more,'” Shepherd said.
Tonight, four pieces will be played by the quartet.
"Three of them are from our call for scores so these are world premieres of new commissions," said Elizabeth Crawford clarinet specialist, and BYU-Idaho music professor.
You can attend the concert for free at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Recital Hall or view the Livestream here.