The production was advertised as a “service of sacred music.” The evening opened with an orchestral prelude followed by an invocation by Collegiate Singers’ director Randall Kempton.
The vocal and orchestra presentation included fourteen movements with a rendition of “Jesus Once of Humble Birth” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
The performance was concluded by a benediction given by Eda Ashby, director of the Women’s Choir, and an orchestral postlude.
Commissioned by BYU–Idaho, the music was composed by Robert Cundick with the text written by Elder David A. Bednar, both of which were present for the event.
The concert featured: BYU–Idaho’s Symphony Orchestra, Collegiate Singers, Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir. This amounting to over three hundred students involved in the performance.
The production was conducted by Robert Tueller, director of the BYU–I Symphony Orchestra.
Kjirstin Kinman, a junior who attended the performance, was impressed by the sacred nature of the music.
“I knew I was experiencing the feelings which the writer and composer had wanted me to feel. And it was a great feeling,” Kinman said. “The arrangements were beautiful and the voices powerful. I must admit, I cried.”
The presentation’s program notes described the Cundick and Bednar collaboration as fruitful, focusing on God’s everlasting love.
“Bednar’s thoughtful and sensitive selection of text reflects a a central theme of this church service. Brother Cunkick has brought his gift as a composer to bear on the theme, as well.”
Playing in the symphony for this special presentation helped junior John Barker, a clarinet player in the Symphony Orchestra realize the music being played is not just for LDS members, but for all of God’s children.
“The music and words stand as a testimony. The performance was a worship service.”
Other performances will include Nov. 13, Roper Auditorium in Twin Falls, Idaho, Nov. 14, Tabernacle on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, and Nov. 20, in the Barrus Concert Hall at BYU–Idaho.