Nationally recognized composer to guest conduct at local performance

Tickets are now on sale for the “Choral Music of Mack Wilberg,” a performance by the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Kent Concert Hall of the USU Chase Fine Arts Center.Craig Jessop, music director for the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU, said Wilberg is one of the most highly sought after composers in the nation.Jessop worked with Wilberg when he was the music director for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a position Wilberg now holds, though he was associate director when the two met.Wilberg said a highlight of the concert will be “Atlantic Bridge,” a piece Wilberg wrote for the King’s Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony Orchestra after Jessop premiered the work.”Then he gave me the liberty of selecting what I wanted to do, what tunes I wanted to do in that, but that’s how that piece evolved and, you know, it’s received a lot of performances,” Wilberg said. “Several of the movements have been published separately and really have been found all over the world.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Wilberg said he is excited about the fact that he will be guest conductor for the final four numbers on the program. He called the American Festival Chorus, a community music program sponsored by the USU department of music, “awesome.”

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