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Witness Unique Acoustics by BYU Singers and Concert Choir at Cathedral of Madeleine

BYU Singers and Concert Choir to Perform Sacred and Secular Favorites

The Cathedral of the Madeleine boasts a Romanesque exterior and Gothic interior structure. Its sandstone walls allow for long reverberation and provide a rich depth to the sound of instruments and voices.

The114-year-old venue in downtown Salt Lake City is the ideal location to match the sound of BYU Singers and Concert Choir who will perform there on March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The BYU Singers.

BYU Singers will share a selection of various repertoire pieces such as traditional folk songs and pieces by contemporary composers.

Conductor Andrew Crane, described this joint-effort program as a “unique opportunity” that audiences do not want to miss.

The BYU Singers.

“This is a great chance for people to hear music specifically composed for spaces like the cathedral. I am excited for the audience to see this.” said Crane. Crane designed a program specifically for the acoustics of the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

BYU Singers will begin their portion of the performance with “Awake My Soul'' by Elaine Hagenberg. This will be followed by three choral masterwork pieces: “For He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee” from the larger work Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn, “ First Katisma” from Vigilia by Einojuhani Rautavaara, and a Russian piece called “Inexpressible Wonder” by Gyorgy Sviridov.

BYU Singers Conductor Andrew Crane.

The program will also feature two premieres in Latin: “Plaudite, Psallite” by Kestutis Daugirdas and “Mortem” by Ernesto Herrera. BYU Singers will then perform three traditional folk songs: “Promised Land” by Jennifer Lucy Cook, “Mariannme” arranged by Philip Wilby and “Sweet Rivers” by Shawn Kirchner. The program will conclude with the concert title “Hear My Prayer.”

Crane said that to hear both choirs in a venue like the Cathedral of Madeleine is an uncommon experience and should not be missed.

Seating will be free and general admission; available on a first-come-first-serve basis.