The Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square will join their musical talents for this year’s spring concert “An Evening of Brahms” in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, April 20–21, 2018. The evening’s performances will be under the baton of Ryan Murphy, associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale.
The spring concert program will include two favorite Johannes Brahms works. The Academic Festival Overture, op. 80, was composed as a musical “thank you” to the University of Breslau, which had notified Brahms he would be awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy. The composer himself conducted the premier of the overture in 1881—and received his degree—at a special convocation held by the university. Of the Brahms’ catalog of 122 numbered works (and at least 40 more unnumbered works), he wrote only 14 works for orchestra—and of those, only two overtures. This overture is considered one of Brahms’s most beloved instrumental musical works.View Full Story