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By Glen Nelson

Work of LDS Composer Boren and Librettist Nelson on Temple Square

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- On Saturday, November 11 at 7:30, the Temple Square Assembly Hall will feature new orchestral/vocal works by Murray Boren and Glen Nelson as part of its recital series of LDS music and musicians. Composer-in-residence at Brigham Young University, Murray Boren, has composed an evening of new religious music to texts by New York author Glen Nelson, to be performed by soprano Susan Boren.

Boren's music has been played and recorded internationally. Most recently, his Symphony No. 2 was premiered at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia. For the Assembly Hall concert (the same program will be played at BYU on November 7) Boren and Nelson have created three specifically-LDS concert works. The main work is a symphony-length composition called "Seven Sisters" about modern LDS women. In another large work, "After Words," Nelson quotes three biblical stories and then imagines what happens after the scriptural story ends. All of the works on the program are written for soprano and symphony orchestra, conducted by Boren.

Nelson says, "If you think about it, there's almost no serious concert music that is specifically LDS. I've heard a lot of sacred music that is sacrament meeting-friendly, and some wonderful music written for our most accomplished choirs, but if you're looking for the kind of music that aspires to be great in the sense of Mozart-great or Stravinsky great, outside of choral music, the pool isn't very deep, yet."


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