PERFORMANCES-MUSIC-NOVEMBER 2014

OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN SYMPHONY, Fall Masterworks Concert, Shane Mickelsen, guest conductor, the story of Beethoven’s life and music in a 75 minute program, featuring a variety Beethoven’s music including chamber, solo, and orchestral, each selection will be followed by a brief insight from the conductor regarding that portion of the composer’s life and times, November 1, 7 p.m., South Hills Middle School, 13508 S. 4000 West, Riverton, $10 general, $5 seniors, students and children 6-12, at the door with cash, check or credit card, or www.omsymphony.org or www.showtix4u.com.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY CULTURAL AFFAIRS, Noam Pikelny, banjo, and Aoife O’Donovan, singer/songwriter November 1, 7:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden, $20 general, $15 students, 801-626-7000, www.wsuculturalaffairs.org or www.weberstatetickets.com.

UTAH VIOLA SOCIETY, “Viola Day!!!!!,” a full day’s worth of events, including a master class with internationally renowned violist Roger Chase, an exhibition of local instrument makers, a lecture/performance by Utah Symphony violist Leslie Richards, a concert of viola ensembles and the world premiere of Christopher Burns’ White Roses for string quintet by the Fry Street Quartet and Utah Symphony principal viola Brant Bayless, November 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall, David Gardner Hall, $10, free for members of the Utah Viola Society, www.utahviolasociety.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BRAVO! Series, “Royal Ballet of Cambodia,” renowned for graceful hand gestures, stunning costumes and live music, infused with a sacred and symbolic role, the dance embodies the traditional values of refinement, respect and spirituality, November 1, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $17 general ($7 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “Music Virtuosity in Utah Valley,” Symphony Orchestra and Utah Valley Youth Symphony, Cheung Chau, conductor, November 1, 7:30 p.m., Sorensen Center Grande Ballroom, $10 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

TEMPLE SQUARE EVENTS, Brooks Hafey, piano, November 1, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, tickets are not required for this event, seating will be general admission.

MURRAY CONCERT BAND, “Fall Concert,” Dr. Craig Ferrin, conductor, November 1, 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest Jr. High School, 126 E. 5300 South, Murray  free, donations are gratefully accepted.

UTAH VIOLA SOCIETY, “The Tertis Project,” with internationally renowned violist Roger Chase and pianist Michiko Otaki, program features British music for viola by composers championed by legendary violist Lionel Tertis, including Arthur Bliss’ Sonata, Arnold Bax’s Concert Piece, York Bowen’s Melodies on the C and G String and Benjamin Dale’s Romance, November 2, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $15, at the door, free for U. students and members of the Utah Viola Society, www.utahviolasociety.org. 

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem,” the performance will feature the choir, soloists and orchestra, November 2, 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 261 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, the service is open to the public and free of charge, donations will be accepted, a reception will follow.

AMERICAN FORK SYMPHONY, “International Classics,” Shauna Smith, conductor, November 3, 7 p.m., American Fork High School Auditorium, 510 N. 600 East, American Fork, $5 general, $3 children (3-18 yrs.), $15 family, at the door, www.americanforksymphony.org.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, The Wasatch Chorale, opens its 41st season with Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach, November 4, 7:30 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $8-$10, 801-852-7007, www.coveycenter.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Baroque Ensemble, November 4, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Jazz Kicks Band, N0vember 4, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Jazz Ensembles, November 4, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band, Steve Call, director, November 5, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Jazz Combos, N0vember 5, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8-$10 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Wind Symphony, Donald Peterson, conductor, November 5, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $10 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY, Guitar Duo Concert, Cindy Spell and David Norton, music for two guitars by John Johnson, Laurent Meneret, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani, Domingo Semenzato, Celso Machado, Andrew York, Andres Segovia, and Miroslav Loncar, November 5, 7 p.m., CUAC Gallery, 175 E. 200 South, $10 suggested donation, to reserve a seat please RSVP by sending an email to www.art@cuartcenter.org.

UTAH WIND SYMPHONY, with guest artist Allen Vizzutti, trumpet, Scott Hagen, music director, Craig Kirchhoff and Russell Pesola, guest conductors, the concert will feature works by Claude T. Smith’s Festival Variations, Michael Markowski’s Saturn Returns, and David Gillingham’s The Song Shall Never End, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Churchill Junior High, 3450 Oakview Dr., Salt Lake City, $12 general, $6 seniors/students, www.utahwindsymphony.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOGAN, American Brass Quintet, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall, Utah State University, $24 general, $10 student (with ID), tickets may be purchased online or at the door, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Jazz Ensemble, Mark Ammons, director, November 6, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Women’s Chorus, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Symphonic Band Concert, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $6-$7, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

EXCELLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES, “Steve Lindeman and Friends: Jazz,” November 6, 7:30 p.m., Gallivan Center, free.

TEMPLE SQUARE EVENTS, “Songs of the Earth,” a cantata by Mary Lou Prince and Patty Christiena Willis about the beauty of the earth, performed by a combined interfaith choir, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, tickets are not required for this event, seating will be general admission.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “When Voices Combine,” Men’s and Women’s Choirs, Cherilyn Worthen and Reed Criddle, conductors, the choirs combine to create elegant harmonies from the renaissance to the modern era, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, $10 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Wind Orchestra, N0vember 7, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, free.

KINGSBURY HALL PRESENTS, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, the musician and choreographer have spent the last ten years exploring the delicate boundaries between music and dance, together they have built a body of duets that juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance and audiences, November 7, 7:30 p.m., $23, Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, School of Music Camerata Awards, the Awards Concert Gala celebrates the contributions of musicians and patrons of the arts to the University of Utah and the broader community, the 2014 recipients are Maurice Abravanel and Obert C. and Grace Tanner, November 7, 8 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $10 general, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Masterworks Series, “Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra,” Ilan Volkov, guest conductor, Marc-André Hamelin, piano,  program also includes music by Mozart, and R. Strauss, November 7-8, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $34-$69 (tickets are $5 more on the day of the performance), see website or contact box office for information regarding student tickets, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org, for further ticket information please call 801-533-6683, www.utahsymphony.org.

OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN SYMPHONY and AMERICAN HERITAGE LYCEUM PHILHARMONIC, “The Price of Freedom: A Musical Tribute to Veterans,” by Rob Gardner and McKane Davis, an emotional and inspiring musical about the soldiers who fought in World War II and the families they left behind, featuring archival film footage, November 7-8, 7:30 p.m., American Heritage School, 736 N. 110 East, American Fork, $8, veterans free, appropriate for ages 8 and above, www.american-heritage.org/show.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Women’s and Men’s Choruses, Rosalind Hall and Jean Applonie, conductors, November 7-8, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $10 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, The Threepenny Opera, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, this brilliant musical is a political and social satire about the corruption of humanity and a sharp critique of Capitalism, yet humorous with a happy ending, November 7-9, 13-16, 20-22, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on November 15, 16, 22, Kingsbury Hall, $18 general, $15 seniors/U. faculty/staff/military and immediate families, $8.50 non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com. 

SALT LAKE CHORAL ARTISTS, “Alleluia, Sing!,” Women’s and Men’s Choirs, under the direction of Dr. Jane Fjeldsted, accompanied by Susan Baugh, November 8, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, $10 available at the door, or at www.saltlakechoralartists.org.

EXCELLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES, Monika Jalili Quartet, Persian songs of love and hope, November 8, 7 p.m., Viridian Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, free.

OGDEN SYMPHONY BALLET ASSOCIATION presents BYU’s “Vocal Point,” November 8, 7:30 p.m., Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University, $14-$22, for more information and tickets, www.symphonyballet.org.

TEMPLE SQUARE EVENTS, Lawrence Gee, piano, pieces for piano by Brahms, Francaix, Glinka and Chopin, November 8, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, tickets are not required for this event, seating will be general admission.

CATHEDRAL OF THE MADELEINE, Eccles Organ Festival, Ghislain Leroy, organist at Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Treille, Lille, France, and Romain Leleu, trumpet, November 9, 8 p.m., free, 801-328-8941 for more information, www.utcotm.org.

AMERICAN WEST CHAMBER SINGERS, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” Tyler Kofoed, conductor, the concert features favorites from Broadway musicals through the decades starting with the Gershwins and Cole Porter to today’s hits from Wicked, Jersey Boys and much more, November 9, 5 p.m., Community of Grace Presbyterian Church, 2015 Newcastle Drive, Sandy, $10 general, $8 seniors/students, $5 youth (7-15 years), at the door.

JAZZSLC, Hiromi: The Trio Project, featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $33.50 general $10 students, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Guitar Ensembles, N0vember 10, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8-$10 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, “Percussion Fall Extravaganza,” Women’s Chorus, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “The Percussion Time Machine,” Doug Smith, director, Percussion UVU explores music from Gregorian Chants, Mozart to music of the 20th century and beyond, November 10, 7:30 p.m., Sorensen Center Grande Ballroom, $10 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

AMERICAN FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA, “Veterans Concert,” Dr. Craig Jessop, conductor, November 11, 7 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, Utah State University, free, www.americanfestivalchorus.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Evening of Percussion, Panoramic Steel, Percussion Ensemble and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu, Ron Brough and Jeremy Grimshaw, directors, November 11, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $10 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “Path of Miracles,” Chamber Choir, Reed Criddle, conductor, British composer Joby Talbot takes listener on a musical journey through Spain, tracing a mystical pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago, to the remains of the apostle James, November 11, 7:30 p.m., NuSkin Innovation Center Atrium, 75 W, Center Street, Provo, $10 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Folk Music Ensemble, Mark Geslison, director, November 11, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Caine Chamber Ensembles, N0vember 12, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, University Campus Symphony, November 12, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Student Composer Showcase, November 12, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

SALTY CRICKET COMPOSERS COLLECTIVE, “Belt Canto,” is a collage of opera and musical theatre scenes of shows by Utah composers, pieces include I Saw You, by Rick Mortensen, The Mob Song, words by Annelise Parkes Murphy and music by Jeff Parkes, Whimsicon: A Song Cycle on the Poems of Ogden Nash, by Marden Pond, The Sand and Sea, words and music by M. Ryan Taylor, Exiles by James Joyce, music by Nathaniel Eshler, The Scarlet Letter, words and music by Melissa Cecala, November 13, 7:30 p.m., Ladies Literary Guild, 850 E. South Temple, $10 general, $5 students, if purchased in advance ($5 more on day of performance), www.saltycricket.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Jazz Guitar Ensembles, November 13, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, U.S. Army Brass Quintet, Recital November 13, 4:10 p.m., Master Class, November 13, 5 p.m., both in Dumke Recital Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Faculty Recital, Tully Cathey, jazz guitar, November 13, 4:10 p.m., Master Class, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY CULTURAL AFFAIRS, “The Touré-Raichel Collective,” brings together Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel to create masterworks of collaboration and improvisation, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden, $20 general, $15 students, 801-626-7000, www.wsuculturalaffairs.org or www.weberstatetickets.com.

UTAH CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY, Anton Baranov, November 14, 8 p.m., Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, $20 general, $10 students, for more information and advance tickets please visit www.ucgs.org.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “Requiem of Battle,” Chamber Orchestra, Cheung Chau, conductor, music faculty members come together with the Chamber Orchestra to commemorate Veteran’s Day with music inspired by war, music includes Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, dedicated to the victims of war, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, $10 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Jazz Combo Night, Jay Lawrence, director, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Saxophone Chamber Night, November 14, 7:30 p.m., University Parkway Center (northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway), room 313, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Guest Artist Ernest Salem, violin, Master Class, November 14, 1:00 p.m., Recital 77 p.m., both in Dumke Recital Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

TEMPLE SQUARE EVENTS, Rachel Eddington, lyric soprano, will perform a program including sacred, classical and musical theater songs, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, tickets are not required for this event, seating will be general admission.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Masterworks Series, “Mahler’s Symphony No. 2,” Thierry Fischer, conductor, Celena Shafer, soprano, Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, and Utah Symphony Chorus, program also includes music by Haydn, November 14-15, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $10-$69 (tickets are $5 more on the day of the performance), see website or contact box office for information regarding student tickets, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org, for further ticket information please call 801-533-6683, www.utahsymphony.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BYU Concert Singers and Concert Choir, Rosalind Hall and Ronald Staheli, conductors, November 14-15, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $10 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Opera Scenes, N0vember 14-15, 7:30 p.m., Room 214, Chase Fine Arts Center, free.

SALT LAKE SYMPHONY, “Cultural Roots,” Robert Baldwin, music director and conductor, Ryan van Liere, bassoon, includes music by Beethoven, John Williams and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major November 15, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $10 general, $5 students and seniors, 801-531-7501 or at the door with cash, check or credit card, www.saltlakesymphony.org.

METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL, Utah District Auditions, November 15, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.-to 5:00 p.m., 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (while judges deliberate), a reception with competitors and an opportunity to vote for your favorite singer, the winner to receive an audience choice award, 5:30 p.m., announcement of the winners, Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, free and open to the public, www.utahmoncauditions.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Family Concert Series, “Peter and the Wolf and Friends,” Chamber Orchestra, Kory Katsennes, conductor, November 15, 11 a.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Trombone Choir, November 15, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

TEMPLE SQUARE EVENTS, Utah Premiere Brass, Kirt Saville, director, British style brass band will perform jazz, sacred and upbeat selections, November 15, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, tickets are not required for this event, seating will be general admission.

NOVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES, Gallery Series, Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major op. 30, No. 1,  Rihm’s Klavierstück, No. 2, op. 8b, Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, op. 30, No. 3, Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, op. 30, No. 2, performed by Utah Symphony associate concertmaster Kathryn Eberle, and NOVA artistic director Jason Hardink, November 16, 3 p.m., The Art Barn at Finch Lane, 54 Finch Lane, $25, tickets online or cash or checks at the door, www.novachambermusicseries.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, Vedrana Subotic, piano, Beethoven Sonata Perspectives, November 16, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Percussion Ensembles, N0vember 17, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8-$10 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF SALT LAKE CITY, Master Class, Peter Wispelwey, cello and Pei-Shan Lee, piano, November 17, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $28 general, $16 faculty, staff, seniors, $8 non U. students with ID, free U students with ID, tickets available at the door, for general information and season ticket pricing call 801-467-2181 or log on to www.cmsofslc.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF SALT LAKE CITY, Peter Wispelwey, cello and Pei-Shan Lee, piano, November 18, 7:30 p.m., music by Brahms, Poulenc, Schubert and Debussy, Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $30 general, $10 students with ID, tickets available at the door, www.cmsofslc.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Cougar Marching Band, Fred McInnis, director, November 18, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Jazz Ensembles, N0vember 19, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8-$10 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BYU Philharmonic, Kory Katseanes, conductor, Will Kimball, trombone, music includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Neil Thornock’s am strigat…am legat (premiere), November 19, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $10-15 general ($4-$5 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Symphony Orchestra, N0vember 19, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8-$10 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

EXCELLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES, “A Night At The Opera,” a collaboration with Utah Symphony and Opera, November 20, 7:30 p.m., Gallivan Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BRAVO! Series, Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer, conductor, Fumiaka Miura, violin, includes music by Dvorák and Camille Saint-Saëns, November 20, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $20 general ($7 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Group for Experimental Music, November 20, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Woodwind Chamber Night, November 20, 7:30 p.m., University Parkway Center (northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway), room 313, free.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Masterworks Series, “Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7,” Thierry Fischer, conductor, Fumiaki Miura, violin, program also includes music by Saint-Saëns, and Dvorák’s My Home, November 21-22, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $15-$69 (tickets are $5 more on the day of the performance), see website or contact box office for information regarding student tickets, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org, for further ticket information please call 801-533-6683, www.utahsymphony.org.

TEMPLE SQUARE EVENTS, “Bells on Temple Square,” annual holiday concert directed by LeAnna Willmore, November 21-22, 7:30 p.m., Tabernacle, tickets required; for free tickets call 801-570-0080 or visit www.lds.org/events.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Lyric Opera Ensemble Scenes, November 21-22, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Synthesis, with Essential Ellington Jazz Festival, Ray Smith, director, November 21-22, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $10 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Symphonic Band, N0vember 24, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, free.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “Ice Breaker,” Jazz Festival Gala Concert, Jazz Ensembles, David Fullmer, director, November 24, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, $10 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, November 24, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, David Gardner Hall, $7 general $3 seniors, staff, faculty, and non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composer Series, featuring the music of Yu-Hui Chang performed by Canyonlands, November 24, 7:30 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Guitar Ensemble, November 24, 7:30 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $6-$7, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Classical Guitar Ensembles, November 25, 7 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, String Ensembles, N0vember 25, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, $8-$10 general, USU students free with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Browning String Quartet, November 25, 7:30 p.m., Allred Theatre, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $6-$7, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

CHRISTMAS ON TEMPLE SQUARE, “We Also Sing!,” women’s choir, and “Because We Sing!,” men’s chorus, kick off the 2014 Christmas on Temple Square season,  November 29, 7:30 p.m., Tabernacle, free, but tickets are required for this event, tickets may be obtained over the internet at www.lds.org/events, or by calling 801-570-0080 or 866-537-8457.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Special Series, “Messiah Sing-In,” Thierry Fischer, conductor, Melissa Heath, soprano, Abigail Levis, alto, Tyson Miller, tenor, and Christopher Clayton, baritone, November 29-30, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $10-$32 (tickets are $5 more on the day of the performance), see website or contact box office for information regarding student tickets, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org, for further ticket information please call 801-533-6683, www.utahsymphony.org.

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PERFORMANCES-THEATRE-NOVEMBER 2014

THE OFF BROADWAY THEATRE, Dracula vs. the Mummy, by Eric R. Jensen, the fanged count battles another undead monster who is all wrapped up in his goal of capturing the people of Salt Lake City, through November 1, 7:30 p.m., 272 S. Main, $10-$16, 801-355-4628, www.theobt.org.

HERITAGE THEATRE, Angel Street, by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Diane Robbins, through November 1, Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., $10 general, $9 seniors/children under 12, S. Highway 89, Peery, 435-723-8392, www.heritagetheatreutah.com.

THE GRAND THEATRE, Little Shop of Horrors, feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, through November 1, Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State St., $14-$20, 801-957-3322, www.the-grand.org.

GRASSROOTS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, through November 1, 8 p.m., Castle Amphitheatre, 1300 E. Center Street, Provo, $12 yard tickets (standing near the stage), $20 gallery tickets, at the door, $3 discount online, www.grassrootsshakespeare.com.

THE ECHO THEATRE, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, directed by Kris Wing Jennings, Shakespeare’s classic tale of Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain the throne over the sitting king, Duncan, The Echo’s creepy adaptation arrives just in time for Halloween, through November 1, 7:30 p.m., 15 N. 100 East, Provo, $10 general ($2 higher when purchased on day of performance), $9 seniors/students, ($3 higher when purchased on day of performance), www.theechotheatre.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, The Game of Love and Chance, presented by the USU Department of Theatre Arts, through November 1, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinee, Black Box Theatre, $8-13 general, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, The Owl Girl, by Monica Raymond, directed by Alexandra Harbold, set in a world where reality intertwines with magic and myth, through November 2, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on November 1-2 Studio 115, Performing Arts Building, $18 general, $15 seniors/U. faculty/staff/military and immediate families, $8.50 non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

SCERA CENTER, Miss Nelson is Missing, Theatre for Young Audiences, book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school, the uncontrollable children send her over the edge, but the students are in for surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing, and is replaced by a scary substitute teacher Viola Swamp, in desperation, the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson…but will they ever get her back? through November 7, 7 p.m.  745 S. State, Orem, $6 general, $4 seniors/children, 801-225-2787, www.scera.org.

DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE, Dracula: He’s So Vein!, through November 8, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., also 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. matinees, $18.95 adults, $10.95 children (11 years and under), 4861 S. State, 801-266-2600, www.desertstar.biz.

THE ZIEGFELD THEATER, Shrek The Musical, Broadway’s favorite Ogre, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori, through November 8, 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. performances, 3934 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden, $15 general, $12 seniors 65+, $12 students with ID, $12 children 12 and under, 855-944-2787, www.zigarts.com.

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY, One Man, Two Guvnors, by Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding, a knockout comedy set in swingin’ 1963 London, as one man tries to serve, and hoodwink, two employers at the same time, through November 15, 7:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday evenings), 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday evenings) 2 p.m. matinees (on Saturdays) $25-$44 (tickets will be $5 higher when purchased on day of performance), 801-581-7100, www.pioneertheatre.org.

TERRACE PLAZA PLAYHOUSE, Little Shop Of Horrors, delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, through November 15, 7:30 p.m., 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $9-$14, 801-393-0070, http://terraceplayhouse.com.

PYGMALION THEATRE COMPANY, Spark, by Caridid Svich, directed by Fran Pruyn, Spark is a play about three sisters living in the U.S. caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath, through November 15, 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. performances, Leona Wagner Black Box, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $20, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY, Rapture, Blister, Burn, by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Adrianne Moore, the sharp-witted comedy takes an unflinching look at gender politics and asks, ‘Can any woman have it all?,’ through November 16, 7:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 2 p.m., and 1 p.m. performances, Upstairs Theatre, 168 W. 500 North, for ticket information call 801-363-7522, or log on to www.saltlakeactingcompany.org.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-OREM, Damn Yankees, words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop, based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, by Douglas Wallop, songs and doubleheaders tell the story of a middle aged man who’s willing to trade his soul to the devil himself to help his favorite team win the pennant against the New York Yankees, through November 22, 7:30 p.m., also 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, $16-$22 general, $12-$16 children, 801-226-8600, www.haletheater.org.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-WEST VALLEY CITY, Catch Me If You Can, by McNally, Shaiman and Wittman, this musical sings the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who might be a pilot, a doctor or a lawyer, through November 29, 7:30 p.m., also 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, $30-$33 general, $16 children ages 5-11 years, 801-984-9000, www.halecentretheatre.org. 

DRAPER HISTORIC THEATRE, DHT Kids – The Haunted Bride, written and choreographed by Mark Alain Navez with additional choreography by Charrese Carter, tragedy strikes when an evil sorceress steals the soul of the bride at her wedding, however love conquers all in this tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and fantasy, November 1, 3, 7:30 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee November 1, $9 general, $7 seniors/students/military, $5 children 12 and under, all seats $5 for matinees, 12366 S. 900 East, 801-572-4144, www.drapertheatre.org. 

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “The Romeo and Juliet Project,” D. Terry Petrie, director, Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy is dissected and played from two vantage points: his and hers, using a distinctive mix of film and live action, a classic story is given new perspective, new vision, and new life, November 6-8, 10, 13-15, 17, 20-22, 7:30 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee on November 22, Noorda Theatre, $12 general, $8 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

WASATCH THEATRE COMPANY, Happy, a black comedy by Robert Caisley, Alfred says he’s happy with his job, his marriage and his family, but is he? November 6-22, 8 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinees on November 15 and 22, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $15, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, The Big Bad Musical, University of Utah Youth Theatre, by Alec Strum, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, the hilarious courtroom comedy casts the audience as jury to decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf, he’s been slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybook characters including Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs, November 7-8, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. performances, Kingsbury Hall, $18 general, $10 general, $5 children 18 and under, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com. 

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Wit, by Margaret Edson, directed by Tracy Callahan, while suffering devastating side effects from experimental cancer treatments, uncompromising English professor Vivian Bearing reflects on significant life events, slowly she realizes that human compassion trumps intellectual wit, starring in this award-winning performance will be Weber State University English professor Judy Elsley who is a cancer survivor, this theatre production is for mature audiences only, Wit contains nudity, explicit language and adult situations, all individuals under the age of 18 will not be admitted unless they are accompanied by an adult, November 7-8, 11-15, 7:30 p.m., Eccles Theatre, $10-$12, 801-626-7000, www.weberstatetickets.com.

UTAH REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY, [title of show] music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book by Hunter Bell, when struggling songwriters Jeff and Hunter learn that a new musical theater festival is accepting submissions, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan and Heidi, eventually Hunter suggests they write about what to write about, and they make a pact to meet the festival’s deadline, [title of show], taken from the space on the festival’s application form, follows the friends on the story of self belief, risk taking, true partnership and a love of musical theater, November 7-8, 14-16, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, Sugar Space, 616 Wilmington Avenue, Sugar House, $16-$18, www.utahrep.org. 

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, See How They Run, by Phillip King, directed by Barta Lee Heiner, mayhem ensues in this hysterical farce involving mistaken identity, slamming doors and a cast of mismatched personalities at a vicarage in 1940s England, November 7-8, 12-15, 18-22, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinees on November 8, 15, ASL interpreted performance on November 13, 7:30 p.m., Margetts Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, $14 general, $8 matinees, ($5-$6 off with BYU or student ID, $2 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.arts.byu.edu. 

UTAH CHILDREN’S THEATRE, Rapunzel, the adventure of Rapunzel comes to life before your eyes, a beautiful princess is taken from her family as a baby and raised by the witch Mother Gothel; fearing that people will find the princess, Gothel locks her away in a tower, but can she keep her there forever? November 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, December 5-6, 1 p.m., 4:30p.m. and 7 p.m. performances, 3605 S. State St., $14 general, 801-532-6000, www.uctheatre.org. 

SILVER SUMMITT THEATRE, Company, a musical comedy, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furst, on his 35th birthday Bobby, a commitment phobic bachelor, searches for the answers to love and life in New York City, while enjoying the company of some lovely ladies he observes both the joys and pitfalls of marriage from his five quirky couple friends, November 7-23, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, Sugar Space Arts Wharehouse, 130 S. 800 West, $15 general in advance, $18 general at the door, www.silversummittheatre.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, The Threepenny Opera, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, directed by Denny Berry, this brilliant musical is a political and social satire about the corruption of humanity and a sharp critique of Capitalism, yet humorous and with a happy ending, November 7-9, 13-16, 20-23, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on November 15, 16, 22 and 23, Babcock Theatre, $18 general, $15 seniors/U. faculty/staff/military and immediate families, $8.50 non U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com. 

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, Bocon, Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth, David Tinney, faculty advisor, when an immigration officer confronts a young boy from south of the border, the boy tells the story of his journey using myths and tales from Latin America folklore, November 10, 14-15, 1 p.m., Noorda Theatre, $3  801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, directed by Melanie Nelson, Shakespeare’s valedictory play is also one of his most poetic and magical, teeming with fairies, monsters and shipwrecks, November 13-15, 20-22, Jay W. Lees Courage Theatre, Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, $10 general, 801-832-2457, www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents. 

DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE, How the Grouch Stole Christmas, November 13-January 3, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., also 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. matinees, $18.95 adults, $10.95 children (11 years and under), 4861 S. State, 801-266-2600, www.desertstar.biz.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, the Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart warming holiday classic, November 18-20, 7:30 p.m., November 21, 8 p.m., November 22, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m., November 23, 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, $32.50-$85, 801-355-5502, 800-259-5840, www.broadwayinutah.com.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, Scrooge, book, lyrics and music by Leslie Bricusse, directed by Addie Holman, a delightful musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, November 20-Dcember 18, 7:30 p.m., Barlow Main Stage, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $17-$22, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org. 

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, directed by Stephanie Breinholt, about the lives of the residents of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, it won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, November 21-22, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinees on November 22 and December 6, ASL interpreted performance on December 4, Pardoe Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, $15 ($4-$5 off with BYU or student ID, $2 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.arts.byu.edu.

EGYPTIAN THEATER PARK CITY, SHREK: The Musical, presented by Ziegfeld Theatre Company, based on Dreamworks’ film, it’s the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite green ogre, his one true love, and a wise cracking donkey, November 21-23, 28-30, 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, Park City, $35 reserved seating (in advance), $40 at the door, $43  front (in advance), $48 at the door, $55 cabaret (in advance), $60 at the door, $29 youth, ages 12 and under (in advance), $34 at the door, $35 youth front (in advance), $40 at the door 435-649-9371, www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org.

THE OFF BROADWAY THEATRE, The X-mas Men, the evil Jack Frost plans to take over Santa’s magic snowball, to give coal to good children and presents to bad ones, luckily the X-mas Men are here to save the day, November 21-December 27, 7:30 p.m., 272 S. Main, $10-$16, 801-355-4628, www.theobt.org.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry from a screenplay by Francis Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling, directed by Carol Thomas, this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, November 28-December 20, 7 p.m., Leishman Performance Hall, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $15 general, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org.

TERRACE PLAZA PLAYHOUSE, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, November 28-December 23, 7:30 p.m., 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $9-$14, 801-393-0070, http://terraceplayhouse.com.

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PERFORMANCES-DANCE-NOVEMBER 2014

ODYSSEY DANCE THEATRE, “Thriller!,” a ghoulish dance of monsters and maniacs, creeps and clowns, through November 1, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinee, $25-$40, 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.org. Note: Babies and children under the age of 8 will not be admitted to performances, dancer interaction amongst audience members as well as heavy use of fog and strobe effects will take place during this show.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Department of Modern Dance, Performing Dance Company, through November 1, 7:30 p.m., Hayes Christensen Theatre, Marriott Center for Dance, $12 general, $8 students, U. students free with ID, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BRAVO! Series, “Royal Ballet of Cambodia,” renowned for graceful hand gestures, stunning costumes and live music, infused with a sacred and symbolic role, the dance embodies the traditional values of refinement, respect and spirituality, November 1, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $17 general ($7 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

LEIGH CORNU, LANDI SALON AND WESTERN RESOURCE ADVOCATES, “Light as Air,” an evening of dance, creativity, and awareness for Clean Air in Utah, dance performances by Ballet West, Ririe Woodbury, Transfusion Hype, BBoy Federation, Underground Dance, Park City Dance Academy, Millennium Dance Complex, Juan Diego High School and more, there will be a silent auction and raffle, Jeanné Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Peforming Arts, Center, $35-$100, VIP tickets include a pre-show dinner and reception at 5 p.m., 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org.

KINGSBURY HALL PRESENTS, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, the musician and choreographer have spent the last 10 years exploring the delicate boundaries between music and dance, together they have built a body of duets that juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance and audiences, November 7, 7:30 p.m., $23, Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BALLET WEST, “Giselle,” is the haunting drama about a poor peasant girl and the prince who deceives her, newly conceived by Adam Sklute, artistic director, music by Adolfe Adam, November 7-8, 12-14, 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on November 8-9, $29-$84, Capitol Theater, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Ballet Showcase, Shayla Bott, artistic director, November 7-8, 7:30 p.m., Dance Studio Theatre, Richards Building, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

REPERTORY DANCE THEATRE, “Ring Around the Rose,” RDT’s Ring Around the Rose is a “wiggle-friendly” series of performances that introduces children to the arts:

  • November 8, Jeanné Wagner Theatre, Tanner Dance, celebrate the art of modern dance as some of Utah’s most talented young dancers take the stage;
  • December 13, Black Box Theatre, South Valley Creative Dance, enjoy the holiday season with a fun dance perf0rmance;
  • January 10, 2015, Ballet West, Jeanné Wagner Theatre, experience the life of a prima ballerina and find out what it’s really like to dance on those tippy toes;
  • February 14, 2015, Spy Hop Productions/Utah Film Center, explore the fascinating world of film and movies with the experts, watch and participate in filmmaking first hand;
  • March 14, 2015, The Mundi Project/Gina Bachauer;
  • April 11, 2015, University of Utah Youth Theatre, Utah’s premier young actor training program performs musical theatre hits;  
  • May 9, 2015, Hatch Magic and Music, enjoy an enchanting performance of magic accompanied by piano and violin.

All shows begin at 11:00 a.m., at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $5 (children 2 and under free), 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org, season tickets/flex package tickets are $4, and can be purchased directly from RDT, www.rdtutah.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Utah Ballet, November 13-15, 20-22, 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. performances, Hayes Christensen Theatre, Marriott Center for Dance, $12 general, $8 students, U. students free with ID, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Department of Modern Dance, Student Concert I, November 13, 5:30 p.m., November 14-15, 7:30 p.m., Marriott Center for Dance, $12 general, $8 students, U. students free with ID, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, dancEnsemble, Graham Brown, artistic director, the ensemble focuses on presenting new student choreography, November 14-15, 2 p.m., Dance Studio Theatre, Richards Building, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BYU DanceSport Championships, November 14-15, all day, Wilkinson Center Ballroom, Note: DanceSport tickets sold only through the information desk at the Wilkinson Student Center.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Orchesis Dance Theatre Fundraiser, November 20, 5:30 p.m., Allred Theater, Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $25, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “Pointe to Pointe,” Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Nichole Ortega and Mark Borchelt, artistic directors, November 20-22, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, $12 general, $8 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Senior Dance Showcase, a concert of diverse dance works highlighting the artistry and stylistic voices of the graduating seniors, November 21-22, 7:30 p.m., Dance Studio Theatre, Richards Building, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Orchesis Dance Theatre, November 21-22, 7:30 p.m., Allred Theater, Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $10-$12, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

REPERTORY DANCE THEATRE, “The Mitch Show,” is a fast-paced evening of comic films and audience-participation pieces by Mitchell Rose, a former choreographer and performance artist, now prize-winning filmmaker, Mitch’s offbeat films have won 61 festival awards and are screened across the globe, from the Getty Museum to the CBS JumboVision in Times Square, maniacally funny, often poignant and always surprising, The Mitch Show appeals equally to fans of film, theater, dance, and comedy. November 21-22, 11 a.m., Jeanné Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $10 general, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org, or www.rdtutah.org.

REPERTORY DANCE THEATRE, “Surprise Packages,” RDT’s famed children’s show by Tim Hadel will delight audiences of all ages, enjoy rhythms, games, puzzles and hijinks as dancers build mazes and towers with cardboard boxes, show their ballroom dance skills and puzzle over a Rubik’s cube, November 22, 11 a.m., Jeanné Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $10 general, $40 family pass (5 tickets), 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org, or www.rdtutah.org.

BALLET WEST, presented by The Ogden Symphony Ballet Association, “The Nutcracker,” November 28-29, 7 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee on November 29, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University, $16-$37, for more information and tickets, www.symphonyballet.org.

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DUOS FEATURED ON WESTMINSTER CONCERT SERIES PROGRAM MONDAY

WESTMINSTER CONCERT SERIES, Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Oct. 27

When you hear about a program called “An Evening in Vienna” you immediately think about Johann Strauss and Franz Léhar. But Monday’s Westminster Concert Series concert took its audience to earlier generations of composers who called the Austrian capital their home: Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.

It was a remarkable evening of duets played by a quartet of exceptionally musical and perceptive musicians.

Lun Jiang and Hyunsoon Whang (Photo: Courtesy of Westminster Concert Series)

The program opened with Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A major, op. 69, played by sisters Pegsoon Whang, cello, and a member of the Utah Symphony, and Hyunsoon Whang, piano. The two underscored the delightful lyricism of the work with their finely crafted treatment. They played with sweeping lines and broad gestures that captured the effusive character of the score.

After the Beethoven, Hyunsoon Whang returned to the stage, this time with Westminster Concert Series director and pianist Karlyn Bond, for an imaginative reading of Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940. The two were well matched for this piece, in that they brought wonderfully nuanced and expressive playing that was well balanced to their perceptive interpretation. They played off each other almost intuitively, to the point where they melded effortlessly into one, yet there was also clarity and clean definition that made each part distinctive.

Closing the program was Utah Symphony violinist Lun Jiang in Brahms’ lyrical and reflective Violin Sonata in D minor, op. 108.

Jiang, joined by Whang at the piano, brought feeling and depth to his account. He played with effusive emotions that were never overdone. There is a touch of sentimentality that runs through the work, but Jiang never exploited that. He brought passion to his reading, to be sure, but it was always sensitively nuanced and executed.

Whang was once again the ideal partner. Her playing supported Jiang’s part while maintaining her distinctive voice as well. Their collaboration allowed for polished and refined playing that served the music well.

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RENOWNED ENGLISH VIOLIST ROGER CHASE TO PLAY TWO RECITALS IN UTAH

What do you call a gathering of violists? A conference.

What do you call a gathering of violinists? A competition.

The viola has always been the string section’s stepchild. Too big to be a violin and not big enough for a cello, the viola has been made fun of, maligned and made the punch line of hundreds of jokes.

That attitude towards the underappreciated instrument will hopefully change this weekend, at least in the Beehive State, when the Utah Viola Society hosts Viola Day 2.0 on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, a conference that organizers hope will become an annual event.

Roger Chase

Several local violists and groups, including the Utah Symphony’s Brant Bayless and Leslie Richards, the Fry Street Quartet and ensembles of area students, will participate. And the society has invited renowned English violist Roger Chase to be its special guest for the event.

“Roger is an impressive artist, a tremendous violist and one of the best out there in terms of representing string playing,” said Fry Street Quartet violist Brad Ottesen.

The three-day conference will be a musical feast, Ottesen promised. “Roger will be playing two recitals and giving a master class,” he said. There will also be an exhibition and demonstration of instruments made by local luthiers (string instrument makers).

Chase’s first recital takes place on Oct. 31 at Utah State University. “The first half will have Roger playing virtuoso viola music,” Ottesen said. “The second half features Mozart’s Quintet in C major.” For the quintet, Chase will join the Fry Street Quartet.

For his second recital, on Nov. 2, Chase will be in Salt Lake City, where he’ll be joined by pianist and longtime musical partner Michiko Otaki.

The program for this recital is dear to Chase’s heart. For years Chase has been performing and recording music by composers championed by legendary violist Lionel Tertis, who lived from 1876-1975. “Tertis is the grandfather of viola playing,” Ottesen said. “There wasn’t a lot of repertoire for the viola before Tertis, but he commissioned friends and contemporaries to write for him.”

Lionel Tertis (Photo: Courtesy of Friends of the Honeywell Museum)

As a result, there is a huge body of works for viola today, principally by English composers. Unfortunately, much of this music is unknown outside of the United Kingdom, but through Chase’s efforts these works now have the potential of reaching a broader audience. “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for viola nerds,” Ottesen said. “But Roger is such an artist and virtuoso, this will be an exciting recital for anyone.”

The program features a small selection of works that Tertis commissioned and played. Among the composers featured on the program are Arnold Bax and Arthur Bliss, two early 20th century figures who have achieved some international recognition.

“The music [that Tertis commissioned] is pretty wonderful,” Ottesen said. “It’s late romantic, verging on the avant garde. It’s rich in color, and there is some complex chromaticism going on, but the English pastoral tradition is also present. It’s a unique style of music.”

An interesting bit of viola trivia is the fact that Chase inherited Tertis’ viola, a Montagnana made around 1720. “This was the same instrument that premiered these works,” Ottesen said.

In between the two concerts there’s Viola Day!, an all-day event that will include a master class by Chase, performances, exhibitions and the premiere of a new string quintet, White Roses, by American composer Christopher Burns.

“Chris is the brother-in-law of Anne, our cellist [in the Fry Street Quartet], and Brant [Bayless]. He wrote it as a wedding present for them.”

Below is a schedule of events and locations. Tickets and where they can be purchased are listed after each entry. All events are free of charge for Utah Viola Society members.

  • Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall, Utah State University – “The Virtuoso Viola.” Program: Solo viola and chamber works, including Kodály’s transcription for solo viola of J.S. Bach’s Fantasia Chromatica; Alessandro Rolla’s Duo for Violin and Viola; Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran Viola; and Mozart’s Quintet in C major, K. 515. Performers: Roger Chase and the Fry Street Quartet. ($8-$10, www.arts.usu.edu/htm/box-office/)
  • Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall, David Gardner Hall, University of Utah – “Viola Day!!!!!,” a full day’s worth of events, including a master class with internationally renowned violist Roger Chase, an exhibition of local luthiers, a lecture/performance by Utah Symphony violist Leslie Richards, a concert of viola ensembles and the world premiere of Christopher Burns’ string quintet White Roses by the Fry Street Quartet and Utah Symphony principal viola Brant Bayless. ($10, www.utahviolasociety.org)
  • Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah – “The Tertis Project.” Program: Music by composers championed by legendary violist Lionel Tertis, featuring Arthur Bliss’ Sonata; Arnold Bax’s Concert Piece; York Bowen’s Melodies on the C and G String; and Benjamin Dale’s Romance. Performers: Roger Chase, viola, and Michiko Otaki, piano. ($15, at the door, free for U. students, www.utahviolasociety.org)
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WESTMINSTER CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES TODAY

The Westminster Concert Series’ second concert of the season will take the audience on a trip to Vienna. The program features works of three composers who spent their creative lives in the Austrian capital: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms.

From left: Hyunsoon Whang, Lun Jiang, Pegsoon Whang (Photo courtesy Westminster Concert Series)

Utah Symphony colleagues Lun Jiang, violin, and Pegsoon Whang, cello, will be joined by guest Hyunsoon Whang, piano, and Karlyn Bond, piano and series director. They’ll play Beethoven’s Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, op. 69; Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor for Piano Four Hands; and Brahms’ Sonata in D minor for Violin and Piano.

The concert takes place today at 7:30 p.m. in Vieve Gore Concert Hall on the Westminster College campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission and can be purchased at the door or online at www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents. Students and Westminster faculty and staff will be admitted free with I.D.

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POWERFUL SEASON OPENER FOR NOVA

NOVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES, Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Oct. 26

Michael Hicks is one of the many talented composers at Brigham Young University with a unique and distinctive voice. His music is well crafted, imaginative and appealing, and it certainly makes a statement.

Michael Hicks

Two of Hicks’ works were featured at Sunday’s NOVA Chamber Music Series opener.

In the first half a quartet of Utah Symphony string players — violinists Rebecca Moench and Yuki MacQueen, violist Julie Edwards and cellist Anne Lee — gave a stellar reading of his colorful Strategy of Looms, from 1991.

The piece is structured on a series of brief motives that are mixed up and passed around the instruments. Oftentimes the four seem to be playing without regard to the others, but there still is a strong degree of unity of purpose and direction and a finely wrought cohesiveness to the one-movement work as a whole.

With his broad harmonic palette Hicks’ soundscape is quite distinct. Strategy of Looms is very personalized yet one can clearly hear faint hints of Bartók and Shostakovich in the music. Whether that’s intentional or not is irrelevant. What matters is that Hicks has created a wonderfully vibrant piece that engages the audience.

The four gave a dynamic account that was lucid and captured all the minute nuances of the score. Their playing was cohesive, articulate and well executed.

After intermission, husband and wife violinists Alexander and Aubrey Woods played Hicks’ Diode, a new piece that the two recently premiered at BYU.

Diode can best be described as a duo for two violins and three hands, a result of an accident that injured Alexander Woods right hand. Rather than feel stifled by the conditions that were suddenly imposed on him, Hicks instead devised a clever piece that takes advantage of Woods’ temporary limitations.

The composer has Alexander Woods play pizzicato and tap on the body of his instrument with his left hand, while Aubrey Woods mostly bows hers. At times they seem to be at odds with each other, and the music is frequently quite angular and disjointed, but everything is nicely resolved.

The two gave a compelling reading. They truly played as one — not an easy thing to do, but they pulled it off magnificently, and it was actually a wonderfully fluid and cohesive account.

The remainder of the program was dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn.

The first half opened with Lee giving an elegant account of the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite in D minor, BWV 1008, and closed with his joyous Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, that featured a small ensemble of Utah Symphony strings, associate principal trumpet Jeff Luke and soprano Celena Shafer.

The cantata is a fabulous vehicle for Shafer and Luke with its virtuosic writing for the two parts. And Shafer and Luke didn’t disappoint. They were fabulous in the bright outer movements and made their demanding parts look easy in the effortless manner in which they executed them.

The concert ended with Mendelssohn’s delightful Octet in E flat major. The eight Utah Symphony strings captured the effusiveness and youthful vitality of the music with their well crafted and seamless playing. It was a gorgeously lyrical account that exuded sunshine and innocent happiness.

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IGNAT SOLZHENITSYN DISPLAYS ARTISTRY AS SOLOIST AND CONDUCTOR

UTAH SYMPHONY, Abravanel Hall, Oct. 24; second performance 8 p.m. Oct. 25, tickets at 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787 or www.utahsymphony.org 

Ignat Solzhenitsyn (Photo Credit: Dario Acosta)

It’s been 16 years since Ignat Solzhenitsyn appeared in Salt Lake City. In 1998 he gave a recital in Abravanel Hall. This weekend he’s making his Utah Symphony debut in the hall in the dual role of soloist and conductor.

He opened the concert with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18, K. 456. A wonderful gem in his concerto oeuvre, the work displays a delightful dichotomy —  the outer movements bubble with joyful exuberance while the middle Andante is a doleful operatic aria.

Solzhenitsyn brought out the effusive lyricism of the concerto with his thoughtful playing and conducting at Friday’s performance. Both he and the reduced ensemble played with crisply articulated phrasings and there was a wonderful balance between them. The elegance that exudes from the music was underscored by their refined and polished treatment.

The remainder of the concert was dedicated to two weightier works: Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.

Prokofiev’s Seventh is his last symphony and one of his most lyrical orchestral works; in its mellifluousness and conservative harmonic language it has much in common with his ballet scores. It’s a captivating work and Solzhenitsyn underscored its expressiveness and transparency with his well conceived and executed reading.

In his expansive account Solzhenitsyn let the music speak for itself, which allowed the nuances of the score to be readily apparent. And the orchestra played with finely crafted expressions, clarity and articulate delivery.

Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis is a vibrant work that spotlights the various players and sections. It takes an exceptional ensemble to make it work and the Utah Symphony played it splendidly, with clean lines and dynamic expressions. Each section stood out, especially the woodwinds and brass. And principal flute Mercedes Smith’s virtuosic solo in the third movement was particularly magnificent.

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REBECCA PEDERSEN SHOWS STAR QUALITIES IN BYU’S ‘THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO’

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, The Marriage of Figaro, de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Oct. 22; through Oct. 25, tickets at 801-422-4322 or www.byuarts.com 

Wednesday’s opening night performance of Brigham Young University’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was Rebecca Pedersen’s show. The young soprano dominated the proceedings as the Countess not only with her singing but also with her regal stage presence. She brought depth to her characterization through her fine acting and vocal chops.

From left: Andrew Neumayer, Annie Powell and Rebecca Pedersen (Photo: Courtesy BYU)

Pedersen, a senior at BYU and a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, already has star qualities that come through no matter what she sings or where she sings. Her performance Wednesday, which she repeats Friday, is perhaps her best to date. She infused her portrayal with wonderfully crafted nuances both in her acting and singing. There was real pathos in her two big arias, “Porgi amor” and “Dove sono;” her emotions were heartfelt and genuine.

Beverly Thompson was also noteworthy as Susanna. Her portrayal as Figaro’s betrothed was effervescent and bright. Her singing was nicely crafted and although she started out a bit shakily her performance got stronger as the evening wore on.

As Cherubino, the love sick page to the Count, Annie Powell also improved during the performance. Her acting was top notch and she did a credible job with her two arias, “Non so più” and “Voi che sapete.”

Tyrell Wilde, in the title role, was strong and focused. His portrayal was well rounded and his singing was exceptional; and he held his own in ensembles with Pedersen.

Andrew Neumayer was commanding as the Count. He has a finely modulated and rounded voice that was well suited for his role. He, too, was quite convincing and he did a wonderful job with his major aria, “Hai già vinta la causa.”

The Wednesday cast, by and large, was well chosen. In smaller roles, Lennika Wright as Marcellina and Kevin Smith as Bartolo were a delight. They imbued their roles with wit and humor.

The chorus was also quite good, and the BYU Chamber Orchestra, despite a few hiccups, played well. Conductor Kory Katseanes’ tempos were well chosen and kept things flowing nicely and seamlessly. The sets were true to the period (late 18th century) and marvelous, and Lawrence Vincent’s staging was wonderfully conceived and executed.

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IGNAT SOLZHENITSYN TO MAKE UTAH SYMPHONY DEBUT THIS WEEKEND

Ignat Solzhenitsyn (Photo Credit: Dario Acosta)

Russian-born pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn will make his Utah Symphony debut this weekend in both roles. He’ll be conducting the orchestra from the piano in Mozart’s Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K. 456. Also on the program are Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.

Solzhenitsyn, the son of the late Nobel Prize winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, has had a busy career as a pianist and conductor in the United States and throughout the world. He’s appeared with orchestras in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Sydney, among others. And while this is his first appearance with the Utah Symphony, Solzhenitsyn has played in Salt Lake City before. In 1998 he gave a recital in Abravanel Hall, playing a program of Beethoven and Liszt.

The Utah Symphony concerts take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24-25 in Abravanel Hall. Tickets range from $18-$69 and can be obtained online at www.utahsymphony.org or by calling 801-355-2787 or 888-451-2787.

There will also be a Finishing Touches Dress Rehearsal at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24. Tickets for that cost $16 and are also available online or by phone.

Patrons 30 and under can purchase $10 tickets to any of the three performances. Ticket prices increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

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NOVA OPENER FEATURES MUSIC BY BYU’S MICHAEL HICKS

The NOVA Chamber Music Series, which opens its new season Sunday, promises to stay true to its well established tradition of mixing standard repertoire with contemporary works. “Every concert is structured on a dichotomy of new and old,” said series artistic director Jason Hardink in a recent interview with Reichel Recommends. “It’s a balanced representation of truly great works of the past plus a cross representation of works by composers now alive or recently alive.”

Michael Hicks

This season, however, will be slightly different than previous ones, in that a Utah composer will be featured at all but two of the six concerts. “There’s definitely a theme running through the season,” Hardink said.

At this Sunday’s concert Michael Hicks, a member of the Brigham Young University music faculty, will be spotlighted with two works: Diode, written for husband and wife violinists Alex and Aubrey Woods, and which they premiered about two weeks ago at BYU, and the older Strategy of Looms, for string quartet.

In a phone interview Hicks discussed the story behind Diode.

“I was going to write a piece for Alex that he could play with his wife, since there aren’t many duos for two violins. I had been working on it for a month or so. I felt it was an OK piece but I wasn’t excited about it.”

While in the midst of composing, Alex Woods injured himself in a bike accident and couldn’t use his right hand. “All of a sudden I was excited about it [the piece], not because he injured himself, of course, but because of the possibilities it offered. It appealed to me because of what I’m interested in sonically.”

In Diode, Aubrey Woods plays her violin in the normal way, while her husband plucks his instrument in various ways. He also occasionally fingers his wife’s violin while she bows.

Aubrey and Alex Woods in BYU's Madsen Recital Hall

“It’s really a piece for two violins and three hands,” Hardink said. “It’s two independent voices trying to come together.”

“It’s a very serious kind of piece for two people who are very close,” Hicks said, adding that the work shows how they can adapt while one is temporarily injured. “Both Alex and Aubrey are so passionate and so attuned to the piece, they will make something fine out of it,” Hicks said.

While Diode is a brand new work, Strategy of Looms is over 20 years old, Hicks said. “It’s been performed three or four times and it’s also been recorded on my CD, Ritual Grounds.”

The work reflects the composer’s interest in textiles and fabrics. The title suggests that, Hicks said, and the work is woven in a manner that might imitate how an Oriental rug, for example, is constructed. “There are lots of melodic lines, which are woven together, then unraveled and reknitted again.” The melodies are short and terse, Hicks said, “but at the same time the work has a great deal of passion.”

And even though two decades separate the two, there are certain characteristics that connect them. “By the time I was writing Strategy of Looms I had found a certain combination of harmonic sounds that I really like and which can still be heard in Diode.”

Strategy of Looms is a very strong piece and a really nice piece, too,” Hardink said.

Celena Shafer

Rounding out the program will be Mendelssohn’s well known and popular Octet for Strings in E flat major, and seven instrumental canons, BWV 1072-1078, by J.S. Bach, as well as his joyous cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, sung by Celena Shafer. “Celena is perfect for the Bach,” Hardink said. “She brings the kind of exuberance and agility that is just right for this work.”

Below is a listing of the complete season. Unless otherwise noted all concerts take place at 3 p.m. in Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall. Tickets are $20 for general, $18 for seniors and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door or online at www.novaslc.org. University of Utah students are admitted free of charge with I.D.

Also listed are the two Gallery Series concerts, on Nov. 16 and on April 19, 2015, which take place at 3 p.m. in the Art Barn Finch Lane Gallery, 1325 E. 100 South. Tickets for these concerts are $25 and can also be purchased at the door or online at the series’ website.

  • Oct. 26 – “A Celebratory Opening: Music from Leipzig and Provo.” Works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn and Michael Hicks.
  • Nov. 16 – Gallery Series. “Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Part III.”
  • Dec. 14 – “Russian Greats and Moldovan Musings.” Works by Rachmaninoff, Tcherepnin, Stravinsky and Igor Iachimciuc.
  • Jan. 11, 2015 – “Contemplations of the Beyond.” Music by J.S. Bach, Messiaen, as well as Gregorian Chant.
  • Feb. 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m. – “Late Beethoven and Post-Minimalism.” Music by Beethoven and Michael Gordon.
  • March 1, 2015 – “An Afternoon of Serenades.” Music by Mozart, Brahms and Morris Rosenzweig.
  • April 19, 2015  – Gallery Series. “Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Part IV.”
  • May 10, 2015 – “Terry Tempest Williams @ NOVA.” Music by Schoenberg and John Costa.
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BYU’S ‘LE NOZZE DI FIGARO’ FEATURES REBECCA PEDERSEN AS THE COUNTESS

Like so many opera aficionados Lawrence Vincent loves Mozart – in particular Le nozze di Figaro. And when Vincent, who directs the opera program at Brigham Young University, gets to stage it, he’s more than thrilled. “It’s one of my favorite operas,” he told Reichel Recommends in a phone interview.

Of course, it’s one thing for Vincent to want to do a specific opera; he also needs the voices – and Figaro calls for a large cast of leads. But he’s been lucky in that area. The last time he mounted a production of Figaro, back in 2007, he had soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the program. She went on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010 and has been making waves ever since on the global opera scene. “Rachel sang the Countess in our production,” Vincent said. “This December she’ll be making her Met debut in the same role.”

This time, Vincent has Rebecca Pedersen in the same role. Pedersen is another Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner who is poised to make a name for herself internationally. “Rebecca is so young and so amazing,” Vincent said.

He’s fortunate to be able to work with such strong young talent, since the opera department only accepts a few auditioners each year into the program. The ones who get selected are the cream of the crop. “My single most difficult problem is picking who gets in,” he said. “We have a hundred who audition, but only 10 are chosen.”

Once they’re in Vincent said it’s important to nurture their talent and develop it while allowing the program at the same time to be a valuable educational tool. “We have to serve them well. The main thing we have to do is teach students the vocal craft.”

It’s for that reason Vincent doesn’t modernize the settings of the operas he stages. “I want them to see how it is. It’s important to be true to the time and character of the operas.”

Vincent, who had a successful career as a professional opera singer in Europe before returning to the United States and becoming a member of the BYU school of music, said Mozart is extremely difficult to sing well. “As a singer you are so exposed, because the orchestral writing is so transparent. But if you’re in shape nothing is more rewarding.”

The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Some arias, mainly in Act IV, and some sections in the other three acts have been eliminated to keep the production from being overly long. “Three hours is a long time in this context, that’s why I decided to make these cuts,” Vincent said.

Le nozze di Figaro opens next week with a preview on Oct. 21. After that, the opera runs from Oct. 22-25. Start time is 7:30 p.m. and all performances take place in de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Building.

Singing on Oct. 22 and 24 are: Rebecca Pederson, Andrew Neumayer, Tyrell Wilde, Beverly Beverly Thompson, Annie Powell, Lennika Wright, Isaac Carlin, Ben Bird, Anna Romney and Dalan Guthrie.

For the Oct. 21, 23 and 25 performances the cast is as follows: Elisabeth Coleman, Jordan Reynolds, Ben Kramer, Paige Peterson, Elise Read, Dru Daniels, Cameron Mayo, Wayd Odle, Katie Armantrout and Jared Wells.

The performances on Oct. 24-25 will also be streamed live at www.streaming.byu.edu.

  • PERFORMANCE DETAILS
  • What: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
  • Venue: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University
  • Time and Date: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 (preview), 22-25
  • Tickets: $10 (preview), $18 general, $14 weeknights for students with I.D., $15 weekends for students with I.D., $16 weeknights for seniors and BYU alumni, $17 weekends for seniors and BYU alumni
  • Phone: 801-422-4322
  • Web: www.byuarts.com
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