by Jenniffer WARDELL
The LDS Conference Center is going to be full of music this February and March.
Brigham Young University’s performing groups will bring that music to Salt Lake with their upcoming Winterfest 2018, starting Jan. 26 and running through March 17. The concert series will feature everyone from popular groups such as Vocal Point and the BYU Ballroom Dance Company to lesser-known groups such as Synthesis. All of the concerts are ticketed, and seats must be purchased in advance.
Chamber Orchestra – Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
This orchestra is the most select of BYU’s five orchestras, comprised of the 47 best musicians from the BYU Philharmonic. According to BYU, it’s the most wildly touring university orchestra in the world, performing as far away as Scotland, Turkey, Israel and Wales.
Synthesis – Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.
BYU’s premiere jazz band, the group combines swing, blues, jazz, Latin and fusion styles into their performances. Previously named as sweepstakes champion of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, Synthesis has also participated in a variety of other jazz festivals around the world.
University Singers – Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
This group, which will tour Vietnam and Indonesia after their Winterfest performance, performs nearly every musical genre. The 40-member group, which celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2015, has performed throughout the U.S. and in 27 countries around the world. You can listen to their music on Spotify under the name The Brigham Young University Singers.
Vocal Point – Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
The number of performances by this BYU men’s a cappella group, as well as the fact they have the only Thursday performance in the series, should let you know how popular they are. The group made it to the top five of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2006, and has released several albums. To hear more of their music, visit youtube.com/user/vocalpointbyu.
BYU Ballroom Dance Company – Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The dance company holds the current title for both ballroom formation and Latin formation dance in the U.S. (formation dance is either pattern or shadow dancing done by couples in a team). They were also crowned the 2013 British National Champion at the Blackpool Dance Festival in England.
BYU Living Legends – March 9 at 7 p.m.
The group’s show, “Seasons,” includes elements of Native American, Polynesian and Latin American dance, all performed by dancers with ties to the various cultures. The group has performed around the world.
Noteworthy – March 10 at 7 p.m.
If you prefer female singers, however, you might want to try Noteworthy. The nine-member all-girl a cappella group also appeared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2007. Check out their music online at youtube.com/user/NoteworthyLadies.
BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble – March 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The ensemble takes audiences on a world tour with a show that includes everything from Irish hard shoe dances (the Irish version of tap shoes) to Ukrainian Hopak dances (also known as the Cossack dance). They have performed at folk dance festivals throughout the world, including in Seoul, South Korea and Haifa, Israel.
Tickets are $12 per person for all performances, though some only have limited tickets still available. To purchase tickets, visit lds.org/church/events/temple-square-events/2018-winterfest and click on the “Obtain Tickets Now” button on the page’s right-hand side. All of the BYU Winterfest 2017 concerts will appear, and you can select tickets for the concert you want. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 801-570-0080.