SALT LAKE CITY — Brigham Young University-Idaho choirs and orchestra will perform a new sacred work at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on March 10.
"Bring Forth My Zion" features the music of K. Newell Dayley, dean of the School of the Arts at Utah Valley University and emeritus professor of music at Brigham Young University. The work is the 11th in the series of sacred music oratorios commissioned by BYU-Idaho.
After performing in Pocatello and Rexburg, Idaho, on March 8 and 9, the tour will finish in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available at the Temple Square Events Ticket Office at www.lds.org/events, 801-570-0080 or toll free at 1-866-537-8457.
Under the direction of Randall Kempton, the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra will combine with more than 250 voices from the Collegiate Singers and the Men's and Women's Choirs for this musical performance. As a composer, Dayley may be best known for hymns such as "Lord, I Would Follow Thee," "I Feel My Savior's Love" and "Faith in Every Footstep," which are widely used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1997, he also wrote Immanuel, another sacred work commissioned as part of this series.
"A message about bringing forth Zion seems timely," says Dayley. "It is our opportunity right now to learn to live together in ways that characterize Zion; to be peacemakers, to respect and serve one another, to care for those in need, and stand firmly for those things that truly matter. Within every facet of society throughout the world there is a great need for integrity, love and greater faith in true principles.
"The purpose of this musical work is to help us realize and remember how to become more like those of old who were of one heart and one mind, and lived together in righteousness and happiness. There were no poor among them. There was no contention. There was no bondage. They were all made free and partakers of heaven's gifts."