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Ogden institute spring show celebrates anniversaries of seminary, institute

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Published: Friday, April 6 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

The theme of this year's Ogden LDS Institute Spring Show is "Remember When -- A Worthy Tribute" and features more than 200 young adults from the Institute Chorale, Choralaires and Folk Dancers.

Provided by John Cozzens

OGDEN — "Remember When … A Worthy Tribute" will be the Ogden LDS Institute of Religion's 50th Annual Spring Variety Show on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Weber State University. It will be in the Conference Center's Little Theater in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The show features more than 200 young adults from the Institute Chorale, Choralaires and Folk Dancers. The show highlights choral music, dancing, drama, small ensembles, and soloists. A few of the songs that will be performed include "Seize the Day," "Brighten My Soul with Sunshine," "Kiss the Girl," "Bound for the Promised Land," "O My Father," "I Need Thee Every Hour," "How Will They Know," and "True to the Faith."

The singers are a combination of two choirs, Chorale, directed by Alan Saunders, and Choralaires, directed by Jerry Simon. Chorale, a non-auditioned choir, features approximately 125 members who perform separately and together with the Choralaires. Choralaires is an auditioned choir with over 70 members. These students specialize in the performance of sacred, inspirational pieces. They also perform a few choreographed numbers in this Annual Spring Variety Show.

The Institute Folk Dancers are intricately choreographed and beautifully outfitted in authentic costumes from around the world. The 24 dancers will be performing dances from several countries, including Germany, Mexico, China, the Philippines, and the United States. The final dance will be their signature, the American Clog.

"Remember When… A Worthy Tribute" is a celebration and a tribute to 100 years of seminary, 70 years of the Ogden Institute, and 50 years of Spring Variety Shows. The Ogden Institute was the third institute to begin a choir program, but is second longest in consecutive years with choral music.

Tributes and recognition will be given to various groups such as: current and former seminary and institute students, military, police and firemen, past and present Ogden Institute secretaries, custodians, and teachers, past and present performing arts directors, returned missionaries, and former students who met their spouse because of institute. As always, the central focus of tribute will be given to the Lord, Jesus Christ. Some of the best songs from the last 50 years, as well as a few new surprises, will be performed. CDs of some of our greatest songs from past years will be made available at the Ogden show.

Show producer and Choralaires director, Jerry Simon stated, "We're excited to perform the 50th Annual Spring Variety Show. This is an historic year at the Institute. One hundred years ago the Seminary program for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints originated. Seventy years ago the Ogden Institute of Religion was established. It is also the 50th year of an Institute choral program in Ogden. In behalf of all the previous choir directors, we thank our audiences for fifty years of wonderful support. We are grateful for the thousands of student performers who have blessed us in the last half-century."

In Ogden, a pre-show will begin 15 minutes prior to the show. Be prepared to enjoy 90 minutes of wholesome, five-star, fun-filled, family entertainment.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the Val A. Browning Center performance.

Tickets are available at the Ogden LDS Institute office or from cast members. Suggested donations are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 17 or $15 for families. The matinee is $12 for families. Discounts are available for those with a current military ID. For Conference Center tickets, go to the www.lds.org/church/events/temple-square-events.

For more information call 801-621-1800 or visit www.ldsces.org/ogden.

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