SUU Symphony Orchestra and Luminosa women’s choir present "Landscapes"
SUU Symphony Orchestra members, photo courtesy of SUU

Written by Ashley H Pollock

Southern Utah University’s music department will feature the SUU Symphony Orchestra and Luminosa Women’s Choir in a concert titled “Landscapes” Thursday, April 13. The concert will be performed at the Heritage Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. 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 show or online at suu.edu/pva.

Canés Nicolas, director of the symphony orchestra at SUU, said, “Since our concert will be featuring so many pieces from various countries and composers, we have decided to give it the title of Landscapes. A quote from Plato seems fitting for what we hope to express through our music. He said, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.’”

With the above quote from Plato as their inspiration, the SUU Symphony Orchestra and Luminosa Women’s Choir have put together a concert full of varied sound. Music has a way of traveling across borders of countries and the space of time to bring together many people of different backgrounds.

Caitlin Lucero, a music major originally from Guam, said, “The pieces we have prepared for the performance are unique, from a Haitian piece to Baroque to 20th century music. In learning these pieces, we’ve pick up different styles in each of them and as a group, we’ve all worked together to portray a diverse and entertaining repertoire.”

Students from both the symphony orchestra and Luminosa have found preparing for this concert to be a benefit to their education and performance experience. It has helped them grow in technique as well as in group performance.

Claire Robinson, a vocal performance major from Pleasant Grove, Utah, said, “The rehearsal process for Luminosa has been very different. The choir is all women which means we have a different sound when we sing. It has sometimes been challenging to get the type of style or sound we want. Dr. McCoy is challenging the choir with songs that require different languages like Hebrew and Persian. It has been fun learning how to develop different sounds.”

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