Brigham Young University's Marriott Center will be converted into a gigantic music hall for Homecoming Thursday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 21, to offer tribute to the music of four successful and prizewinning BYU alumni composers.
Called "Celebrating the Music," the 1989 Homecoming Spectacular is based on the music of Michael McLean, Kurt Bestor, Sam Cardon and Merrill Jenson. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Marriott Center ticket office."These former BYU music students have been lavishly decorated with awards from the entertainment and media industry, yet they have opted to stay in Utah and have helped keep those music production budgets in the state," says Ron Simpson, director/writer for the show and himself an active composer and writer. "As artists they are exceptional, and their music is exciting."
Music will be highlighted with film and network video clips including the Winter Olympics coverage that yielded Cardon and Bestor an Emmy award. Several BYU performing groups will take part with musical-theater selections and other presentations.
Included will be performances by the Young Ambassadors focusing on McLean's "Celebrating the Light"; by the Lamanite Generation presenting a work by BYU music department chairman Newell Dayley; professional comics Hank Garcia and Ron McCroby and the BYU jazz group Synthesis.
McLean just finished a new LDS Church film for Christmas, "Nora," starring Celeste Holm and Elizabeth Wilson. He wrote and directed the project and used Jenson and Cardon for the musical score. Cardon has a jazz-new age album, "Impulse," that has been No. 2 on music charts for several weeks.
Bestor spent the past 18 months scoring films: "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," starring Charles Durning; "The Witching of Ben Wagner" for the Disney Channel; and BYU's "More Perfect Union." He also collaborated with Cardon for the Monday Night Football theme on ABC. Jenson has scored several movies including "Windwalker," "Solo," "Take Down" and "Harry's War." He counts among his awards a CLIO, a CINE Golden Eagle Award and an Emmy.