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The Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra: All Tchaikovsky

The Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra will perform a free concert next week featuring the music of Tchaikovsky. 

The orchestra has been part of the community for a long time and their free concerts are a great way for the community to connect through the power of music. Kendell Nielsen, co-director for the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra, said the winter performance will be all Tchaikovsky’s pieces.  

“I love music, I adore music, all kinds,” he said.  

Nielsen has conducted music since 1976. He is a former Ricks College and BYU-Idaho music teacher. This will be his second year co-directing the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra with Kevin Call, who is the director.  

“I would like the audience to walk away feeling better about humanity, I’d like them to walk away feeling better about who we are as neighbors and friends,” he said. “I would like them to be able to have some musical sounds that in their hearts have brought them back with other people.”  

Most of the pieces that will be played are known from the “Nutcracker.” Nielsen said his favorite piece from the performance is the Fourth Symphony.  

When he was a child his parents gave him a record called, “It’s classic, but it’s good.” He would always listen to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the third movement. He grew up listening to that record, so he is looking forward to performing it for the community of Rexburg.  

The concert will be Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Rexburg Tabernacle at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free to the public.