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South Jordan Journal

Two Groups, One Show

Feb 27, 2015 03:21PM ● By Shawna Meyer

The Oquirrh Mountain Symphony is collaborating with One Voice Children’s Choir for the “A Joyful Noise” concert on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Oquirrh Mountain Symphony will collaborate with One Voice Children’s Choir to put on “A Joyful Noise” concert on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Elk Ridge Middle School, 3659 West 9800 South.

This is the first collaboration between these two musical groups. The Oquirrh Mountain Symphony is a small community orchestra that serves several cities. The symphony usually has 50 to 80 musicians, and they’re all volunteers.

“Every year, because we serve multiple cities that do not have their own orchestras, we try to find guest artists that we can collaborate with that are attractive to multiple communities,”  Oquirrh Mountain Symphony Executive Director LeAnn Hord said.

 The program for the “A Joyful Noise” concert will include two numbers played by the symphony alone. One number will be an excerpt from the “Carmen Suite” by Georges Bizet, and the other will be the “Hebrides Overture” by Felix Mendelssohn.

Since the symphony doesn’t have a conductor at the moment, they’ve allowed people to apply to be guest conductors for their shows this year. Ty Turley-Trejo will be the guest conductor at the concert in March. He is scheduled to receive his master’s degree from Brigham Young University in orchestral conducting in April.

“We live very complex lives in this day and age . . . If we just continue marching to the beat of the drum of work, then we live kind of a black and white life. Music brings color to our lives; it humanizes us,” Hord said.

The One Voice Children’s Choir got started at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. After the games were over, the kids, ages 4-17, still desired to sing together. Masa Fukuda, the conductor and composer for the group, helped establish the One Voice Children’s Choir as a nonprofit organization.

Since then, the choir ensemble has performed in many venues and won several prestigious awards, including the John Lennon International Music Award. They even made it to the quarterfinals on the television show “America’s Got Talent” in 2014.

The choir will be performing show tunes and songs from movies. Songs that will be sung include “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods,” “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” and “Let it Go” from “Frozen.”

Together, the groups will perform “Seize the Day” from “Newsies,” “When You Believe” from “The Prince of Egypt” and “Jupiter Kimigayo.” Tickets for the show are $5 for individuals and $20 for a group of six.