BYU Sinfonietta coming to New Glasgow

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The Brigham Young University-Idaho Sinfonietta, a 38-member orchestra from Rexburg, Idaho, will perform a free concert in New Glasgow at the church at 384 Abercrombie Rd. this Friday at 7 p.m.

The Brigham Young University Idaho orchestra consists of 42 people, 38 being performers. They’re performing a free concert at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this Friday at 7 p.m. Submitted

The sinfonietta is made up of 38 student performers participating in a two-week tour through Québec, the Maritime provinces, and locations in the states of Massachusetts and Maine during April. The Canada Halifax Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is co-ordinating the concert in New Glasgow.

Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will follow the show. Voluntary donations will be collected at the door for IWK Foundation.

This will be first concert in the Maritimes, after performances in Montréal, Drummondville and Québec City.

During this tour, Sinfonietta will also perform the cities of Moncton, Fredericton, Saint John, Charlottetown, New Glasgow and Halifax. The group will also perform shows in Presque Isle, Maine, and Springfield, Mass.

Sister Norma Hendrickson of the Canada Halifax Mission said the shows were well attended in Quebec.

She said the only complaint they heard from the public was that the concert was too short and they wished to hear more.

“I would say that’s quite successful.”

She hopes it will be just as successful throughout the Maritimes, with Mormon missionaries inviting people from the public.

“We’re hoping it will be successful, and we’re optimistic.”

She said this will help people learn more about the LDS church through a cultural experience in an innocent atmosphere.

The BYU-Idaho Sinfonietta performs a wide range of musical selections from the great classics to modern works from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Drawn from the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, members are selected by audition and represent the finest musicians on campus. Each player brings many years of experience and adheres to an ambitious rehearsal and performance schedule.

A sampling of concert titles for the tour include: Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven, Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus by Vaughan Williams, and Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5.

The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Robert Tueller, faculty member of the BYU-Idaho Department of Music. He also directs cello studies, the Symphony Orchestra and University Baroque Ensemble.

BYU-Idaho is located in Rexburg, Idaho, and serves students from all 50 states and over 40 countries. During the past winter semester, enrolment stood at 15,500 students, with 1,140 from Canada and 69 from Massachusetts and Maine. 

Organizations: Canada Halifax, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter, IWK Foundation BYU-Idaho LDS church BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra BYU-Idaho Department of Music Symphony Orchestra and University Baroque Ensemble

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Maritime, Presque Isle, Maine Québec City Massachusetts Montréal Moncton Fredericton Saint John Charlottetown Springfield, Mass. Quebec Rexburg, Idaho Canada

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