UVU President Matthew S. Holland To Join Symphony Orchestra In Concert Celebrating America’s Heritage
September 25, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504
Utah Valley University’s Symphony Orchestra will present an Oct. 4 concert featuring selections with themes recognizing and celebrating America’s heritage.
As part of the “Celebrate Our American Heritage” concert, UVU President Matthew S. Holland will join the orchestra in performing composer Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” an orchestral work that includes a narration that is a compilation of quotes by President Abraham Lincoln and lyrics from popular folk songs such as “Camptown Races.”
“It is an honor to have President Holland join us in this celebration of our American heritage, with his affinity to Lincoln, his expertise on American political history and his prowess as a public speaker,” said Cheung Chau, a UVU assistant professor of music.
About two-thirds of “Lincoln Portrait” will be orchestral music. The other third will be the orchestra accompanying President Holland narrating the composition’s text. Copland, famous for composing patriotic compositions, was commissioned in 1942 to compose a musical portrait of an “eminent American” as part of a World War II patriotic war effort. He chose Lincoln as his subject.
“The music and the text evoke a patriotism for our country and ideals, and hope to inspire us,” Chau said.
Other selections will represent three unique yet prevalent music styles inspired by American history —folk, American landscape and jazz.
The UVU Symphony Orchestra is comprised of music majors, minors and non-majors. It aims to provide the highest quality of symphonic music performance, be an educational experience for students and to engage the broader UVU community in artistic collaborations.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center’s Ragan Theater. Tickets are available at the UVU School of the Arts Box Office, or by calling 801-863-PLAY (7525) or at Campus Connection in the Sorensen Student Center.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.