the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra invites the public to enjoy a free musical evening at their annual winter concert this Thursday, March 3.
The concert is titled “Symphonic Dances” and features music from across musical history, from composers like Brahms, Schubert and Marquez. The show will be conducted by Diane Soelberg, director of bands in the music department at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
“The show features a wide variety of composers,” Soelberg told EastIdahoNews.com. “(The selected pieces) are representative dances of opera. Schubert’s pieces are taken from one of his operas. The Marquez piece is based on a conga dance. So this concert is a very wide variety of different types of dance, from anything you would see in an opera to something you might hear on a Saturday night in Mexico City.
Soelberg said one of the highlights of this year’s winter concert is a piece called “Dances in the Canebreaks” by Florence Price.
“It’s really delicious, based on old American dances,” she said. “We don’t hear much about female composers, especially in the early 20th century, so this will be one of the most unusual pieces we do.”
Formed in 2004, the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra is an all-volunteer group that performs three concerts a year and is made up of musicians from Rexburg and surrounding areas, representing many different backgrounds.
“We have people who come from afar,” Soelberg said. “Idaho Falls to the south and surrounding area. We have everything from doctors and lawyers to music teachers and music professionals. We even have a few high school players who are advanced enough to join us. (The Orchestra) is a large collection of people from the community.
Soelberg performed with the Orchestra for years and was asked to be guest conductor for “Symphonic Dances”. She said she was thrilled with the opportunity.
“Conducting is one of my favorite activities,” she said. “I’m the on-campus band director for BYU-Idaho, so I have a lot of experience conducting wind instruments. I also had a lot of experience in the orchestra. But it’s always fun to stand in front of a new band and make music with them.
“Symphonic Dances” mixes well-known and more obscure pieces, making the concert a great opportunity for people new to music to broaden their horizons. For everyone else, it’s a wonderful opportunity to hear some great upbeat music.
“There are tunes that people will hear and be like, ‘Oh, I know that tune but I didn’t know it was from that track,'” Soelberg said. “They are going to hear great solo music. There are beautiful oboe solos, a great trumpet solo and it really is music to dance to.
The Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra performs its Symphonic Dances concert on Thursday March 3 at the Rexburg Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. Free entry. Follow the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra on Facebook for more information.