SCERA to Present BYU's LIVING LEGENDS, 1/10-11
For more than 40 years, BYU students with a heritage of Native American, Polynesian and Latin American backgrounds have shared the music and dance of their ancestors in a colorful show of ethnic pageantry that has engaged audiences throughout the world.
SCERA audiences will see a stunning tribute to these cultures for two evenings in January when Living Legends performs Jan. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at the SCERA Center for the Arats, 745 South State in Orem. The color, energy and, at times, spirituality, of these legendary cultures will unfold during an authentic program of ethnic dance and intricate costumes, directed by Janielle Christensen who also serves as creative director for BYU's annual Homecoming Spectacular.
Legendary BYU entertainer Janie Thompson began the Program Bureau at BYU and two of her original seven programs, including Living Legends, survives today. For nearly three decades Christensen has directed the popular group, which is a much-requested entertainment ensemble. She praises the students as "gifted performers who embody the treasures of the rich cultures of the past."
Seats are reserved at $12 for adults and $10 for children (age 3-11), students (w/ID) and seniors (age 65+). They are available online at www.scera.org, in person at the main office at SCERA Center, open 10am-6pm weekdays and Saturdays from 12Noon-6pm, or by calling (801) 225-ARTS.
"This group has been applauded in more than 45 countries," says Adam J. Robertson, SCERA's President & CEO. "Living Legends is making a rare appearance in their own backyard and we will be featuring their brand new show."
BYU's Living Legends represented the United States at the World's Fair in Spain and at Germany's Volkfest. Among the many reviews is this assessment from a concert in Aalborg, Denmark: "A display in a furious tempo which all but took the breath of spectators . . . They covered the stage in elegant costumes . . . and naturally reaped applause."