SALT LAKE CITY— February is about to become musical.
BYU’s Winterfest is coming back to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s Conference Center Theater starting Jan. 28. The event series features a month of music and dancing by BYU’s internationally-known performing groups, including Vocal Point, BYU Young Ambassadors, BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble, and more.
Vocal Point is BYU’s men’s a cappella group, and one of the best-known groups performing. They’ll kick things off with two performances on Jan. 28 and another performance on Feb. 2, performing a mix of pop hits such as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself,” and hymns such as “Nearer, My God, To Thee” and “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy.” The group performed on “The Sing Off” TV series and has won both the ICCA championships and Pearl Awards.
“They’re so pro,” said singer/songwriter Ben Folds of Vocal Point. “They’re so entertaining. They have so much personality. But there is this intangible thing – where the singer is completely being himself and is translating something that you can’t even put your finger on, but you know it’s big.”
The second group to take the stage will be BYU’s Young Ambassadors, who will take the stage Feb. 3 and for two performances on Feb. 4. The group, which has a considerable amount of international performing experience, uses music and dance to showcase America’s musical theater. Their current show, “Welcome Home,” mixes Broadway and pop numbers.
“As unofficial ambassadors for the United States, the Young Ambassadors are without peer,” said Gregory J. Newell, at the time the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State.
BYU’s Ballroom Dance Company will be next to take the stage, performing Feb. 8 and 10. The team’s current show is “Swing and Sway,” which includes everything from classic hits such as “Hit the Road Jack” and “Boogie Shoes” to more serious fare such as “Ode to Joy” and “If You Could Hie to Kolob.” The school’s International Folk Dance Ensemble will perform Feb. 11, and focuses on the traditional dances of a dozen different nations, including Korea, Russia, Poland, Mexico and the United States.
The performance series will be rounded out by Living Legends, which will perform Feb. 17, and Noteworthy, which will perform Feb. 18. Living Legends focuses on the dances of other cultures, much like the International Folk Dance Ensemble, but focuses specifically on the dances of the native cultures of North America, South America and Polynesia. Noteworthy is BYU’s women’s a cappella group, and they too performed on “The Sing-Off” and have won the ICCA championship. If you want to listen to them sing, you can hear some of their music at youtube.com/user/NoteworthyLadies.
Children under the age of 2 aren’t admitted into the performances. Sunday dress is encouraged at all concerts. The conference center doors will open an hour before each performance, and patrons are required to be in their seats 15 minutes before the start of the concert.
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/2017-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.
Though it may be tough to get groups seated together at some of the performances, the site offers a “scattered seating” option that will allow people to purchase separate seats. All online purchases will have a $1.50 convenience charge added.
Parking is available under the conference center, and patrons are asked to show their tickets to the parking attendant upon exiting.