In 1, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony

The concert will feature both bands separately before joining together for a grand finale

The BYU Symphonic Band, conducted by Kirt Saville, and BYU Wind Symphony, conducted by Don Peterson, will present a combined concert on Dec. 12.

The Symphonic Band will open the first half of the concert with “Entry March of the Boyars” by John Halvorsen. The band will also premiere a new arrangement of “Sussex Carol” for vocal soloists and band. The arrangement is by Andrew Maxfield and features BYU vocal faculty artists, Diane Reich and Robert Brandt.

The Wind Symphony portion of the program will include “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “Yiddish Dances” by Adam Gorb.

Both groups will join together for the last two numbers. The first will be “A Christmas Overture,” an orchestral melody of favorite Christmas carols by Nigel Hess.

The grand finale of the evening will be “Russian Christmas Music,” an epic band composition by Alfred Reed. The piece includes the melody of an ancient Russian carol as well as original music by Reed, inspired by Eastern Orthodox liturgical music.

“The performance of Russian Christmas Music has become a traditional offering for our patrons during the holiday season,” Saville said.

“Both bands will be joined by an antiphonal brass section from the Philharmonic Orchestra,” Peterson said, “creating an immersive soundscape that will not soon be forgotten.”

Tickets and Show Details

Performance Dates and Times: Dec. 12 | 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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