25th Anniversary Concert

A Night at the Meyerson

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Keene, Texas » Southwestern Adventist University is thrilled to celebrate the 25th annual Music Festival tradition of A Night at the Meyerson with the world premiere of Kim André Arnesen’s newest composition for choir, brass, and the Herman W. and Amelia H. Lay Family Concert Organ. Written specifically for Southwestern’s Meyerson concert, Arnesen will be on hand during the festival to work with the singers to prepare them for the Meyerson concert. 

Arnesen is one of the most-performed classical composers from Norway today. He grew up in Trondheim and started at the music school at the age of six, playing the piano. By the age of 10, Arnesen had started singing in the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir. He was further educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. As a composer, his first performance was in 1999 with the boys’ choir. Since then, Arnesen’s work has been performed by choirs all over the world!

In addition, the evening will feature Emily Levin, the new principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Levin is an award-winning harpist, Juilliard graduate, and has traveled the world with her harp. She is the youngest principal harpist of a major American orchestra.

The concert will take place on Sunday, February 11 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. It will feature hundreds of talented high school musicians from all over the United States and the 2018 music finalists, top high school musicians who audition for the honor.

Last year’s concert raised nearly $50,000, a new record for this event. The proceeds benefit music scholarships and the Music Department, allowing the faculty to provide an enriched experience for the students participating in the department’s four major ensembles. The University Singers, one of the major ensembles of the Music Department, travel all over the world to perform.

“Travelling with the choir is such an enlightening experience—it really opened my eyes, refined my ambitions,” shared Astrid Partida, 2017 nursing major graduate. “It also gives us the opportunity to share beauty. Sometimes we don’t speak the same language as our audiences, but music breaks through all barriers.”

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