SUU Music Masterworks Series Kicks Off the Season

The first concert of the Music Masterwork Series will be held this Friday, Oct. 4  at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. SUU Choirs will perform together in a concert titled, “True Light: Accessing Stillness.”

Under the direction of Dr. Krystal McCoy, students from regional high school choirs including Pineview High School, Jordan High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Corner Canyon High School, and Salt Lake City School for the Performing Arts will also participate in a final piece.

Twila Bennett, a junior music education major with an emphasis on instrumental and vocal performance from Bullhead City, Arizona, shares, “I am most excited to perform ‘Dubula,’ a traditional Xhoshan Folk Song, arranged by Stephen Hatfield. I have really opened my mind up to different cultures and ideas through this music, and I hope that we can convey the same inspiration to the rest of the community. My personal goal is to bring the community closer by bringing many other traditions and cultures to the forefront, creating a True Light in the process.” 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Southern Utah University faculty, staff, and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert or online here.

 “The concert will feature our three choral ensembles: Luminosa (Women’s Choir), Concert Choir, and Opus Chamber Choir. . . This semester our choral ensembles grapple with the juxtaposition of blinding energetic light and the innate spacious sense of stillness within that light,” says Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Krystal McCoy.

Samuel Park, a junior music major with an emphasis in vocal performance from Safford, Arizona, explains, “It is the small moments where you find yourself lost in thought, or in a room that is completely silent where you have no distractions, that you can feel the most peace and light. Once you access stillness, are at peace with the world, and can be completely at ease, it is then that you can experience ‘True Light.’”

Access the stillness of true light through these university and high school students as they perform music from many cultures. For more information, please click here. 

Story and photo by: Ashley Pollock