In 1, Symphonic Band

Conducted by Kirt Saville, the BYU Symphonic Band and faculty guest artists will perform a concert of music inspired by dreams

BYU Symphonic Band will perform works bordering on the surreal for their concert “Fantastical Dreams.” The concert will take place April 4 in the de Jong Concert Hall.

“‘Fantastical Dreams’ features music that depicts some of our greatest whimsies and superstitions,” said Kirt Saville, conductor of the Symphonic Band.

Despite the similar theme, the repertoire is varied, including “Second Prelude” by George Gershwin alongside “Wild Nights” by Frank Ticheli. One of the pieces, “Arachnophobia” by Ralph Hultgren, plays on Saville’s own personal fears of “all things crawling.”

One of the highlights of the concert will be Eric Whitacre’s “Ghost Train Trilogy.” Based on an American folk tale, the second movement will feature faculty guest artists Ray Smith on tenor saxophone and Stephen Lindeman on piano.

Another highlight will be the premiere of “D. Clock Dance” by BYU alumnus David Ashton. “The piece was inspired by the Doomsday Clock,” Saville said, “and illustrates the approaching countdown through his use of diminishing asymmetrical meters. This is programmatic music that is meant to empower our ability to perceive our world and our place in it through the power of music.”

Tickets and Show Details

Performance Dates and Times: April 4 | 7:30 p.m.

Location: de Jong Concert Hall, Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU

Price: $7

Tickets: Available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422-2981 or online at

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