‘EUROPEAN JOURNEY’ ON TAP AT NEXT AMERICAN WEST SYMPHONY CONCERTS

The American West Symphony will take its audience on “A European Journey” at its next concerts on March 7 in Sandy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and on March 14 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

Joel Rosenberg

Joining the orchestra and music director Joel Rosenberg will be pianist Lindsay Tarbet, who’ll be playing Chopin’s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante.

“Lindsay is an undergraduate at the University of Utah and part of our piano affiliation with the U.,” said Rosenberg. “She’s a fine pianist and an inspiration for young aspiring pianists.”

The Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante is one of Chopin’s most popular works, and for good reason. “It’s very accessible and it just sparkles,” Rosenberg said.

Another French piece is on the program, Fêtes from Debussy’s Nocturnes. “This piece creates tremendous impetus,” Rosenberg said. “It’s amazing how Debussy crafts colors and uses the orchestra to great effect.”

This concert marks the first time that either piece has been played by the American West Symphony under Rosenberg’s direction.

One more French composer is represented on the program, Bizet. His first Carmen Suite will be played, a compilation of some of the best known pieces from the opera. “Some wonderful woodwind players will be spotlighted in this suite,” Rosenberg said. Featured will be flutist Tia Jaynes; oboist Robin Vorkink; clarinetist Cheryl Blackley; bassoonist Cathy Cribbs; as well as harpist Jessica Warren.

Rounding out the concert will be Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C major. “I love the Second,” Rosenberg said. “I don’t consider his four symphonies as great as the four by Brahms, but Schumann is underrated as a symphonic composer, and the Second is especially wonderful.”

  • CONCERT DETAILS
  • What: “A European Journey,” Lindsay Tarbet, piano, American West Symphony, Joel Rosenberg, conductor
  • Venue: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8575 S. 700 East, Sandy
  • Time and Date: 8 p.m. March 7
  • Tickets: $10 general, $8 students, $5 youth (7-15 years of age), at the door
  • Web: www.americanwestsymphony.org
  • ALSO: Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, 7:30 p.m. March 14, $10 general, $8 students, at the door, free for U. students.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN MUSIC (MARCH 4-10, 2015)

(Be sure to visit our monthly concert calendar by clicking on “Events Calendar.”)

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

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOGAN, Dover Quartet, March 5, 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.

TAYLORSVILLE-SLCC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, “Concerto Night Concert,” Adam Larson, music director and conductor, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Taylorsville High School, 5225 Redwood Road, free.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Karen Bruestle, Weber State University Chamber Orchestra, Francisco De Galvez, conductor, Sarah Singer, soprano, in early 20th century Japan a naive young Geisha-wife steadfastly awaits the return of her American Naval officer, when she realizes he never intended to honor his marriage vows, Cio-Cio San chooses to die with honor rather than live in shame, sung in Italian with English supertitles, March 5-7, 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee also on March 7, Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $10-$12, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Group for New Music, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, “Heartsongs: Melodies of Love,” the Young Ambassadors 45th anniversary concert featuring Young American alumni from 45 years of world tours, in a fast paced revue about those moments in life when love touches us in unexpected ways, Randy Boothe, artistic director, March 5-7, 7:30 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee on March 7, de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $8-$12 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

TEMPLE SQUARE PERFORMANCES, Logan Canyon Winds, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Temple Square, free.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Masterworks Series, “André Watts Plays Beethoven,” Hugh Wolff, conductor, the concert will feature Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and Symphony No. 3, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, March 6-7, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $18-$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. Note: There will be a “Finishing Touches” final rehearsal performance on March 6, 10 a.m., $16.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Vocal Point, March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. performances, Main Performance Hall, Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $14 general, $12 students/seniors, 801-852-7007, www.coveycenter.org.

OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN SYMPHONY, featuring One Voice Children’s Choir, with special guest conductor Ty Turley-Trejo, the concert will include classical music and show tunes, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Elk Ridge Middle School, 3659 W. 9800 South, March 7, 7:30, Bonneville Junior High, 5300 S. 1650 East, tickets for both concerts, $5 general (6 years and up), $20 (for a group of six), at the door with cash, check or credit card, or www.omsymphony.org.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY CULTURAL AFFAIRS, “3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Talk Show Host,” Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass to invent a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together, dance and radio,” the result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden, $30 general, $20 students, 801-626-7000, www.wsuculturalaffairs.org or www.weberstatetickets.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Guest Artist Concert, Steven Doane, cello, program includes Schumann’s Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102,  Bach’s Suite No. 4 for solo cello, and Barber’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6, March 7, 5 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, in David Gardner Hall, free. Note: Steve Doane will be conducting a master class on March 6, 1-4 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall, and a technique/ergonomics class on March 7, 12 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, both classes are free and open to the public.

AMERICAN WEST SYMPHONY, “A European Journey,” Joel Rosenberg, conductor, Lindsay Tarbet, piano, the concert will feature Bizet’s Carmen, Suite No. 1, Debussy’s Fetes (Festival), Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61, Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, March 7, 8 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8600 South and 700 East, $10 general, $8 students, $5 youth (7-15 years of age), at the door, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, University of Utah, $10 general, $8 students, free for U. students, www.americanwestsymphony.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, Jeffrey Price, piano, will be playing an all-Scriabin program, March 8, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Guest Artist Recital, Dr. Chris Carrillo, trumpet, March 10, 4:10 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN THEATRE (MARCH 4-10, 2015)

(Be sure to visit our monthly theatre calendar by clicking on “Events Calendar.”)

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, Children of a Lesser God, by Mark Medoff, James joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he will be teaching lip-reading, he meets Sarah, deaf from birth, the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each others needs and feelings, but discord develops when Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf, while the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross, love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that can unite as well as divide, through March 7, 7:30 p.m., Dumke Student Theatre (Blackbox), Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, $10 general, 801-832-2457, www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents.

THE ZIEGFELD THEATRE, Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, it’s the story of Tevye, the dairyman, as he attempts to raise his daughters with a sense of tradition in a world of changing norms, through March 7, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinee on March 7, $15 general, $12 seniors/students/children (12 and under), if purchased online, $17 general, $14 seniors/students/children (12 and under) if purchased at the door, 3924 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden, 855-949-2787, www.theziegfeldtheater.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, The School for Lies, by David Ives, adapted from Moliére’s The Misanthrope, directed by Christopher DuVal, a deliciously off-color romantic spoof with anonymous love letters, false proposals, hidden identities and colorful characters, all in contemporary couplets, through March 8, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on March 7-8, Studio 115, $21 general, $18 seniors/U. faculty/staff, $11.50 students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon, directed by Jennie Richardson, there is nothing more fascinating, frustrating, or maddening than the human relationship, whether it’s you first crush, your third marriage, or…well it’s complicated to say the least, through March 14, 7 p.m., Leishman Performance Hall, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $15 general, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org.

UTAH CHILDREN’S THEATRE, African Tales, a collection of African folk stories that are woven together to create a magical adventure, through March 14, March 6 and 13, 7 p.m., March 7, 13-14, 1 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., 3605 S. State St., $9 general, 801-532-6000, www.uctheatre.org.

PYGMALION THEATRE COMPANY, Hellman v. McCarthy, by Brian Richard Nori, directed by Lane Richins, the play is a dramatic reenactment of the $1 million slander lawsuit brought by Lillian Hellman against fellow literary lioness Mary McCarthy, the suit wasn’t settled until Hellman’s death in 1984, Dick Cavett is the casual commentator in this witty and revealing dark comedy, both Hellman and McCarthy thrived in a man’s world, but not by being kinder or gentler, through March 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, Leona Wagner Black Box, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $20, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE, Pirates of the Scaribbean, by Ben E. Millet, through March 21, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinees, $18.95 adults, $10.95 children (11 years and under), 4861 S. State, 801-266-2600, www.desertstar.biz.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, Shrek The Musical, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abair, music by Jeanine Tesori, beauty is only skin deep, but ogre goes straight through to the bone, through March 28, 7:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinees on March 21 and 28, Barlow Main Stage, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $17.25-$23.25, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org.

TERRACE PLAZA PLAYHOUSE, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, directed by Dennis Ferrin, tells the story of two con men living on the French Riviera, Lawrence Jemeson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money, Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health, after meeting on a train they attempt to work together only to find the town isn’t big enough for the two of them, through April 4, 7:30 p.m., 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $12-$14 general, $11-$13 seniors/students, $9-$11 children (12 and under), 801-393-0070, http://terraceplayhouse.com.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-WEST VALLEY CITY, Ghost, the Musical, book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, just off the boards of London and Broadway, adapted from the movie, it’s the story of Sam and Molly, exquisite devotion, betrayed friendship, a compelling murder mystery, comedic incantations and lastly, a love that transcends spheres, through April 11, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, $30-$33 general, $16 children (5-11 years, no children under 5 years permitted), 801-984-9000, www.halecentretheatre.org.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-OREM, Les Misérables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, tells the story of Jean Valjean, a runaway convict seeking redemption after serving 19 years in a prison for stealing a loaf of bread, his journey to freedom collides and converges with the lives of the worst and the best of humanity, through April 25, 7:30 p.m., also 11 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, $17-$21 general, $13-$17 children, 801-226-8600, www.haletheater.org.

CACHE VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Unicorn Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Ruth Call, directed by Richie Call, March 5-7, 7 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinee on March 7, Bullen Center Carousel Ballroom, 43 S. Main St., Logan, $6 at the door, babes in arms welcome, www.cachearts.org.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mary Mary, tells the story of wisecracking cynic Mary and infuriating sensible Bob, only recently divorced and who haven’t seen each other in nine months, who meet at his department in the hope they can avert an audit by the IRS, March 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 7:30 p.m., Brinton Theatre, $14 reserved, $12 seniors/students/military, 801-852-7007, www.provo.org/community/covey-center-for-the-arts.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Microburst Theatre Festival, a series of short plays written by BYU students, directed by George D. Nelson. March 5-7, 11-14, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees also on March 7 and 14, Margettes Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, $5 general, 801-422-4322, www.arts.byu.edu.

PLAN-B THEATRE, A/Version of Events, by Matthew Ivan Bennett, directed by Christy Summerhays, a claustrophobic road-trip about healing at different speeds, getting trapped in the wrong memories and whether we can ever outrun ourselves, featuring Carleton Bluford and Latoya Rhodes, March 5-15, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. performances, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $20, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, The Milk Dragon, John Newman, director, in this world premiere Play for Young Audiences, two young people journey from a perfect village to a dark and dangerous forest, finding imagination and courage along the way, March 5-7, 9, 12-14, 16, 19-21, 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on March 14 and 21, Noorda Theatre, $12 general, $8 college students with ID, $5 children 8-17 years, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

UTAH REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY, The Last 5 Years, by Jason Robert Brown, John Sweeney, director, musical that’s about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., $18 general, $16 seniors/students, with a 3 p.m. matinee on March 7, $1-$18, pay as you may, matinee includes a talkback with the director and cast, Sugar Space Theatre, 616 Wilmington, 435-612-0037, www.utahrep.org.

HERITAGE THEATRE, The Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan, how can you not have a good time visiting the town of Tittipu where Nanki-Poo (second trombone in a traveling band) wants to marry the lovely Yum-Yum, but she is promised to the tailor Ko-Ko, who has changed his occupation to Lord High Executioner so he can save himself from being beheaded for flirting, March 6-28, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinees on March 14 and 21, $10 general, $9 seniors/children under 12, S. Highway 89, Peery, 435-723-8392, www.heritagetheatreutah.com.

THE OFF BROADWAY THEATRE, Indianapolis Jones, the show follows Indianapolis Jones through foreign shrines, caves and an evil temple (not on Evil Temple Square) in search of Pandora’s Box, he is joined in his quest by his Asian sidekick and his bumbling old father, March 6-April 11, 7:30 p.m., 272 S. Main, $10-$16, $11 (March 16, 23, 30 and April 6), 801-355-4628, www.theobt.org.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN DANCE (MARCH 4-10, 2015)

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ODYSSEY DANCE THEATRE, “Carmen,” with a modern twist, set in the world of the reality TV dance competition with an amazing mix of music, utilizing the best of Bizet and Contemporary Pop classics, March 5-7, 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee also on March 7, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, $20-$40 general, students can buy two tickets for the price of one on the day of performance, seniors and U. Faculty receive a 10 percent discount, and men and women in the military, police and fire and their immediate families receive a 30 percent discount,  one 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Department of Modern Dance, Performing Dance Company, March 6-7, 13-14, 7:30 p.m., Marriott Center for Dance, $12 general, $8 students, U. students free with ID, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

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CELLIST STEVEN DOANE RETURNS TO THE U. THIS WEEKEND

Steven Doane isn’t just a highly regarded cellist. He is also a sought after teacher, whose master classes and workshops on technique and ergonomics have helped countless musicians.

Two years ago Doane came to Salt Lake City for a weekend of master classes and workshops, as well as a recital. This weekend he will once again be back in town to teach and perform.

Steven Doane

John Eckstein, cellist with the Utah Symphony, is a former student of Doane’s who helped organize his visit two years ago and also this weekend. “We’re all excited to have Steve back here again,” Eckstein said. He added that the technique Doane teaches has helped him immensely. A professional musician can always improve his technique, Eckstein said. “Steve promotes healthy movement in playing and it’s something I’ve incorporated into my own playing.”

The ergonomics class on Saturday is free and open to the public, as is Friday’s master class.

Finishing off the two-day event will be a recital Saturday afternoon. On the program are Schumann’s Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102; J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 4 in E flat major for unaccompanied cello; and Barber’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6. He’ll be accompanied by Utah Symphony pianist Jason Hardink.

The Barber isn’t played as often as it deserves, said Eckstein. “For some reason I never learned it when I was a student of Raya Garbousova, for whom Barber wrote his cello concerto. I studied it with Ralph Kirshbaum in London when I was on sabbatical [from the Utah Symphony]. And although I’ve never performed it, I teach it to my students.”

Eckstein is looking forward to having his former mentor back at the U. “He is a wonderful guy. It’s a joy to be around him. Having him here is also going to be a wonderful opportunity for the students. Bringing in someone of his caliber makes a huge difference for anyone studying the cello, because they can learn a lot from him.”

Here is a schedule of events, all of which take place at the University of Utah and are free of charge and open to the public.

  • March 6, 1-4 p.m. – Master Class (Dumke Recital Hall)
  • March 7, 12:30-2 p.m. – Technique/Ergonomics Workshop (Libby Gardner Concert Hall)
  • March 7, 5-6 p.m. – Recital (Libby Gardner Concert Hall)
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS ‘MADAMA BUTTERFLY’ THIS WEEK

It takes a singer with stamina and excellent musical and technical chops to tackle Cio-Cio San, the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Oftentimes it’s beyond the capabilities of college aged singers, but Karen Bruestle is lucky. She has the singers to fill the role. And that’s why Weber State University will be staging Puccini’s ever popular opera this week.

“We have a really wonderful voice with Sarah Singer, as well as a wonderful understudy [Shannon Jones],” Bruestle said in an interview with Reichel Recommends. “They’ve both grown into the role.”

From left: Sarah Singer as Cio-Cio San; Alexander Day as Doloré; and Derek Myler as Sharpless. (Photo from a recent rehearsal.)

But it’s not only Singer and Jones who have impressed Bruestle. “I’m proud of them, but I’m so proud of all of the students. They’ve put their heart and soul into this.”

Bruestle directs the opera program at WSU, and she is looking forward to this production. “I love the music. It’s so beautiful,” she said. And she also appreciates the drama. “It’s so tragic. You get caught up with it.” For Bruestle, however, it’s more than just a tearjerker; it’s about real feelings and real emotions. “It’s the tragedy of human passion that resonates with me. We’ve all been through disappointments, that’s why we can relate to Butterfly. It’s a timeless story in much the same way as Tosca and Traviata are.”

A lot of attention to detail has been paid to costume design and make up, Bruestle said. “There are a lot of Japanese details in make up, costumes and props.” And there are a few little twists, as well. “Butterfly goes through three different stages. To show that, we do different things with her make up.”

Geisha Chorus (Photo from a recent rehearsal.)

The WSU Chamber Orchestra, under its new director Francisco de Galvez, has also been doing a fabulous job, Bruestle said. “They’re doing wonderful work. And we’re fortunate to have Francisco because Puccini is his specialty.”

In addition to Singer and Jones, the other leads are Caleb Jardine (Pinkerton); Heidi Robinson (Suzuki); and Derek Myler (Sharpless). Others in the cast are Dugan Brunker; Christine Warren; Austin Toney; Gary Sorenson; Abigail Payne; Cheryl Flowers; Kirsten Stenquist; Timothy Coral Mair; Ben Saunders; and Alexander Day as Doloré.

The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. “The woman who did the supertitles also did them for The Magic Flute,” Bruestle said. “She does a fantastic job and goes right to the heart of the translations.”

Getting Madama Butterfly ready to be staged has been a long process for Bruestle, but she’s happy with the results. “This is by far the biggest project we’ve done here up to now. I’m excited and I think it’s going to be wonderful.”

  • PERFORMANCE DETAILS
  • What: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
  • Venue: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University
  • Time and Date: 7:30 p.m. March 5-7
  • Tickets: $10-$12
  • Phone: 801-626-8500
  • Web: www.weberstatetickets.com
  • ALSO: Special matinee performance with Shannon Jones as Cio-Cio San, 2 p.m. March 7. 
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CUARTETO CASALS DISPLAYS ITS MANY TALENTS IN AMBITIOUS PROGRAM

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF SALT LAKE CITY, Cuarteto Casals, Libby Gardner Concert Hall, March 2

Cuarteto Casals (Photo Credit: Felix Broede)

Formed nearly 20 years ago, the Cuarteto Casals has the distinction of being the first Spanish string quartet to win international recognition. And rightfully so. They are an exceptional group that plays with remarkable musicality and technical assuredness and — perhaps their greatest asset — with uncanny interpretative skills that give them a standard of excellence other quartets can look up to.

The foursome (violinists Vera Martinez and Abel Tomàs, who alternate first chair duties; violist Jonathan Brown; and cellist Arnau Tomàs) stopped in Salt Lake City Monday evening where they played an ambitious program of Mozart, Shostakovich and Brahms.

The ensemble opened the concert with an effusive reading of Mozart’s Quartet in G major, K. 387. They went for a romantic approach rather than a more classically structured interpretation with cleanly defined lines and phrasings. This approach was best suited for the Andante, however, where their style of playing underscored the warmth and expressiveness of the music.

They paired the Mozart with Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 2 in A major, a work of many contrasts. With its folk like themes, bold harmonic palette and dark emotions, it’s perfectly suited for the Cuarteto Casals. And in fact this was the highpoint of the concert. They gave a fabulously imaginative reading that captured the full spectrum of feelings embodied in the work. Their playing was at times dramatic and bold, and at times gorgeously expressive. They brought out the essence of a work that is perhaps one of the composer’s best quartets. It’s not an easy piece to listen to, but the players’ wonderfully full bodied and vibrant performance captivated the audience. Particularly stunning was Martinez’s eloquent playing in the Adagio. She brought depth and feeling to her playing that made the plaintive tone of the music stand out.

After intermission, the four dove into Brahms’ Quartet in C minor, op. 51, no. 1. Their account was filled with romantic sensibilities that emphasized the passionate nature of the music. It was a vibrant reading that was exuberant in its expressiveness and sensitive to the subtleties of the score.

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ROSENZWEIG PREMIERE POSTPONED

NOVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES, Libby Gardner Concert Hall, March 1

Sunday’s NOVA Chamber Music Series concert was originally to have included the world premiere of University of Utah composer Morris Rosenzweig’s String Trio. But apparently the work proved to be more complex than anticipated; it required more rehearsal time than scheduled, which ultimately forced it to be postponed to a later date.

The concert, therefore, only included the other two scheduled works — Mozart’s Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563, and Brahms’ Serenade in D major, op. 11.

Mozart’s K. 563 goes far beyond what was expected of a divertimento; rather than being pleasant background music, it has much more depth and substance which elevates it far above mere music for entertainment.

The trio of players — violinist Kathryn Eberle and violist Brant Bayless of the Utah Symphony and cellist Anne Francis Bayless of the Fry Street Quartet — gave a vibrant reading that underscored the subtleties of the music and brought out its many finely tuned nuances. The Adagio, the true highpoint of the six-movement work, was exquisitely played and captured the eloquence and beauty of the music.

Brahms initially wrote the op. 11 Serenade for nine instruments, but later orchestrated it, in which version it is best known today. However, in the 1980s Alan Boustead reconstructed the nonet version and it was this that was played Sunday.

The op. 11 is an early work and has all the lightness associated with a serenade; but, like the Mozart, it, too, is more substantial than the term “serenade” would imply. Yet, it retains a wonderful charm that makes it so appealing, and its true character comes through much better in this chamber version.

The work was given a wonderfully resonant and well crafted reading by the ensemble (the players in the Mozart were joined by Utah Symphony members Caitlyn Valovick Moore, flute; Lee Livengood and Erin Svoboda, clarinet; Lori Wike, bassoon; Ronald Beitel, horn; and Corbin Johnston, bass). They played with well defined clarity and expressiveness and captured the intimacy that lies at the heart of the work.

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PERFORMANCES-MUSIC-MARCH 2015

NOVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES, “An Afternoon of Serenades,” violinist Kathryn Eberle leads a world-class ensemble of Utah musicians in two luminous serenades by Mozart and Brahms, the concert includes a rarely heard reconstruction of Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in its original instrumentation for nine instruments, NOVA continues to explore the music of Utah composer Morris Rosenzweig with the premiere of his new string trio, March 1, 3 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $20 general, $18 seniors (60+ years), $5 students, free for U. students, tickets online or cash or checks at the door, 801-463-5223, www.novaslc.org.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants, March 1, 3 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, “Majesty of the Bass,” Ralph Matson and Barbara Scowcroft, violins, Roberta Zalkind, viola, John Eckstein, cello, and David Yavornitzky, bass, March 1, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

WASATCH COMMUNITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, “Spring Concert: Musicals and Classical Standards,” Larry Spell, conductor, March 1, 7 p.m.,  All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 S. Foothill Blvd., free, www.wasatchsymphony.com.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF SALT LAKE CITY, Cuarteto Casals, the program will feature Mozart’s Quartet in G major, K. 387, Spring, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 68, and Brahms’ Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 51, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $30 general, $10 students with ID, tickets available at the door, www.cmsofslc.org. Note:  Cuarteto Casals will be conducting a master class March 2, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., room 270, Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Bonneville Chamber Music Festival, “Reaching Out – New Spaces – New Sounds:”

  • March 2, 7:30 p.m., “Richter Uzur Duo: Dances and Dreamscapes,” Brad Richter, guitar, Viktor Uzur, cello; Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch, 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace, $7 general, $6 seniors/military with ID, $4 students, www.weberstatetickets.com;
  • March 16, 6 p.m., “Family Evening: Magic and Music,” Camelo de Santos, violin, and Paolo André Gualdi, piano, Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch, 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace, free, no age limit;
  • March 18, 7:30 p.m., “From Tchaikovsky’s piano trio to Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances,” Carmelo de los Santos, violin, Viktor Uzur, cello, Paolo André Gualdi, piano, Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University, $7 general, $6 seniors/military with ID, $4 students, www.weberstatetickets.com;
  • March  20, 1:30 p.m., Cello Master Class with Suren Bagratuni, Val A. Browning Center, room 113, Weber State University, free and open to the public;  
  • March 20, 7:30 p.m., “Acoustical Reflections: Rothko Chapel,” Mikhail Bereznicky, viola, WSU Chamber Choir, Mark Henderson, conductor, Thomas Priest, bassoon, Steve Park, French horn, and Viktor Uzur, cello, First Presbyterian Church of Ogden, 880 28th Street, Ogden, $7 general, $6 seniors/military with ID, $4 students, www.weberstatetickets.com;
  • March 21, 7:30 p.m., “Festival Finale: The Celebrated Schubert Quintet and Arensky Quartet,” Livia Sohn, violin, Mikhail Bereznicky, viola, Suren Bagratuni and Viktor Uzur, cello, First Presbyterian Church of Ogden, 880 28th Street, Ogden, $7 general, $6 seniors/military with ID, $4 students, www.weberstatetickets.com.  

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Jazz Combos, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, $10 general, $6 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, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Flute Choir, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

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

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOGAN, Dover Quartet, March 5, 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.

TAYLORSVILLE-SLCC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, “Concerto Night Concert,” Adam Larson, music director and conductor, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Taylorsville High School, 5225 Redwood Road, free.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY,  Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” directed by Karen Bruestle, Weber State University Chamber Orchestra, Francisco De Galvez, conductor, Sarah Singer, soprano, in early 20th century Japan a naive young Geisha-wife steadfastly awaits the return of her American Naval officer, when she realizes he never intended to honor his marriage vows, Cio-Cio San chooses to die with honor rather than live in shame, sung in Italian with English supertitles, March 5-7, 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee also on March 7, Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $10-$12, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Group for New Music, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, “Heartsongs: Melodies of Love,” the Young Ambassadors 45th anniversary concert featuring Young American alumni from 45 years of world tours, in a fast paced revue about those moments in life when love touches us in unexpected ways, Randy Boothe, artistic director, March 5-7, 7:30 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee on March 7, de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $8-$12 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

TEMPLE SQUARE PERFORMANCES, Logan Canyon Winds, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Temple Square, free.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Masterworks Series, “André Watts Plays Beethoven,” Hugh Wolff, conductor, the concert will feature Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and Symphony No. 3, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, March 6-7, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $18-$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. Note: There will be a “Finishing Touches” final rehearsal performance on March 6, 10 a.m., $16.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Vocal Point, March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. performances, Main Performance Hall, Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $14 general, $12 students/seniors, 801-852-7007, www.coveycenter.org.

OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN SYMPHONY, featuring One Voice Children’s Choir, with special guest conductor Ty Turley-Trejo, the concert will include classical music and show tunes, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Elk Ridge Middle School, 3659 W. 9800 South, March 7, 7:30, Bonneville Junior High, 5300 S. 1650 East, tickets for both concerts, $5 general (6 years and up), $20 (for a group of six), at the door with cash, check or credit card, or www.omsymphony.org.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY CULTURAL AFFAIRS, “3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Talk Show Host,” Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass to invent a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together, dance and radio,” the result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Ogden, $30 general, $20 students, 801-626-7000, www.wsuculturalaffairs.org or www.weberstatetickets.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Guest Artist Concert, Steve Doane, cello, program includes Schumann’s Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102,  Bach’s Suite No. 4 for solo cello, and Barber’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6, March 7, 5 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, in David Gardner Hall, free. Note: Steve Doane will be conducting a master class on March 6, 1-4 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall, and a technique/ergonomics class on March 7, 12 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, both classes are free and open to the public.

AMERICAN WEST SYMPHONY, “A European Journey,” Joel Rosenberg, conductor, Lindsay Tarbet, piano, the concert will feature Bizet’s Carmen, Suite No. 1, Debussy’s Fetes (Festival), Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61, Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande polonaise brillante, March 7, 8 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 8600 South and 700 East, $10 general, $8 students, $5 youth (7-15 years of age), at the door, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, University of Utah, $10 general, $8 students, free for U. students, www.americanwestsymphony.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, Jeffrey Price, piano, will be playing an all-Scriabin program, March 8, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Guest Artist Recital, Dr. Chris Carrillo, trumpet, March 10, 4:10 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

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

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Group Organ Recital, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Synthesis, “Velvet Fog: A Tribute to Mel Torme,” featuring guest artist Mark Stevens, March 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, Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Men’s and Women’s Choirs, Westlake High School Choirs and Westlake Chamber Orchestra, March 12, 7 p.m., Westlake High School Auditorium, 99 N. 200 West, Saratoga Springs, free.

GINA BACHAUER, Andrey Gugnin, piano, 2014 Bachauer Gold Medalist, the concert will feature the 12 technically revolutionary Transcendental Etudes of Franz Liszt, a transcription of the lively Scherzo from Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, he will also be performing Six Pictures by Armenian composer Arno Babajanian, and the poetic Petit Suite by French composer Jacques Ibert, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $20 general, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BYU Singers and Concert Choir, “30th Anniversary Concert,” Rosalind Hall and Ronald Staheli, conductors, March 13, 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, Piano Recital, Dr. Brian Hsu, Professor of Piano, Loyola University, New Orleans, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Science Building Auditorium, free.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, Faculty Piano Recital, Dr. Hsiang John Tu, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Science Building Auditorium, free.

MURRAY SMPHONY, “Destination Italy,” Julie Christofferson, music director, the concert will feature Italian composers and Italian themed music, with guest artists Valerie Hart Nelson, mezzo-soprano, and Tyler Nelson, tenor, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Murray High School Auditorium, 5440 S. State Street, $6, tickets at the door, children under 1o free, www.murraysymphony.org.

JUBILATE, “A Cabaret,” March 14, 7:30 p.m., Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, www.jubilatesings.weebly.com.

WEST VALLEY SYMPHONY, Donny Gilbert, music director,March 14, 7:30 p.m., Eisenhower Junior High Auditorium, 4351 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, $10, www.westvalleysymphonyutah.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, An Evening with the Opera Chorus, March 14, 7 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

UTAH OPERA, “Cosí fan tutte,” music by Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, Will Crutchfield, conductor, Crystal Manich, director, Karen Wolverton and Leah Wool, sopranos, Aaron Blake, tenor, Abigail Levis, mezzo-soprano, David Adam Moore, baritone, Matthew Burns, bass, two sisters are surprised when their fiancés are suddenly called to war, but are the men really gone or did they simply hatch an elaborate plot to challenge the women’s faithfulness, the men’s return tests the limits of friendship, fidelity and fortitude, Mozart’s tale of flirtatious seduction combines silly disguises, mistaken identities and sublime music to see if love can indeed conquer all, March 14, 16, 18, 20, 7:30 p.m., March 22, 2 p.m., Capitol Theatre, $10-$95 general ($5 more if purchased on the day of the performance), 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.utahopera.org.

CATHEDRAL OF THE MADELEINE, “Founder’s Day Concert,” Felix Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, op. 36, March 15, 8p.m., free, to obtain complimentary seating pass please leave a voicemail on the concert information line at 801-328-8941, or visit their website at www.utcotm.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, Caitlyn Valovick-Moore, flute, Pamela Palmer, piano, and Denson Angulo, bass, March 15, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, BRAVO! Series, Lynn Harrell, guest cellist, BYU Philharmonic, Kory Katseanes, conductor, music includes Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, March 17, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $15 general ($5 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Family Series, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf, Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor, presented by the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association, March 17, 7 p.m., Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University, $12 general, $8 children, $36 (for 6 tickets) not  available online, to purchase these tickets, please call 801-399-9214 0r visit our office at 638 26th Street, Ogden, www.symphonyballet.org.

BYU PHILHARMONIC, Lynn Harrell, guest cellist, Kory Katseanes, conductor, music incudes Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, March 18, 8 p.m., Abravanel Hall, free, however tickets are required, for tickets call 801-422-6304.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Jazz Combos, March 18, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, $5-$10, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Jazz Combo Night, Jay Lawrence, director, March 18, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Chamber Orchestra, Kory Katseanes, conductor, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Jennifer Welch-Babidge, soprano, Ray Smith, saxophone, music includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, 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.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Trombone Choir, March 19, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Utah Symphony, Family Series, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Main Performance Hall, Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $8-$18 general, 801-852-7007, www.coveycenter.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Men’s Chorus, Rosalind Hall, conductor, March 20, 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 SYMPHONY, Family Series, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor, March 21, 11 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, $12-$18 general, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.utahsymphony.org.

SALT LAKE SYMPHONY, “Fire and Ice!” Robert Baldwin, music director and conductor, music includes Sibelius’ Finlandia (side-by-side with high school students), Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antarctica, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $10 general, $3 students, seniors, and children, 801-531-7501 or at the door with cash, check or credit card, www.saltlakesymphony.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Family Concert Series, “A Singing Adventure,” Men’s and Women’s choruses, Rosalind Hall and Jean Applonie, conductors, March 21, 11 a.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free, however tickets are required, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Women’s Chorus, Jean Applonie, conductor, March 21, 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, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones, tenor, March 22, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, Concert Series, “An Evening of French Romanticism,” the concert will feature Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio in F, Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet in G minor, Alex Martin and Claude Halter, violins, Joel Gibbs, viola, Anne Lee, cello, and Karlyn Bond, piano, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, $15 general, students (from all institutions) and Westminster faculty and staff free with ID, www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Guest Artist Recital, Daniel Mason, violin, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Dumke Recital Hall, in David Gardner Hall, free.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY,  Combined WSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Thomas Root, director (his finale concert), March 24, 7:30 p.m., Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, $6-$7, 800-978-8457, www.weberstatetickets.com.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Jazz Kicks, March 24, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, $8, USU students free in person with ID, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Jazz Ensemble, “Come Play With Us!,” Mark Ammons, director, March 24, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $6 general, 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Flute Choir, March 24, 7:30 p.m., University Parkway Center (northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway), free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Jazz Combos, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, $10 general, $6 seniors, staff, faculty, and non-U. students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Saxophone Chamber Night, featuring two saxophone quartets playing musical styles from Baroque to ragtime, March 25, 7:30 p.m., University Parkway Center (northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway), free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Women’s Choir Festival, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, in David Gardner Hall, free.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF SALT LAKE CITY, Elias String Quartet, the program will feature, Haydn’s Quartet in C major, op. 33, No. 3, The Bird, Britten’s Quartet No. 3 in G major, op. 94, and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, op. 80, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, $30 general, $10 students with ID, tickets available at the door, www.cmsofslc.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOGAN, Baroque Band, March 26, 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, “Seasons,” BYU’s Living Legends presents dancing, music and costumes celebrating the Latin American, Native American and Polynesian cultures, Janielle Christensen, artistic director, March 26, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $12 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Student Composer Showcase, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

UTAH SYMPHONY, presented by The Ogden Symphony Ballet Association, Masterworks Series, “Beethoven and Wagner,” Jun Märkl, conductor, Ingrid Fliter, piano, the concert will feature Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2, and Wagner’s Orchestral Suite from The Ring, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Weber State University, $16-$37, for more information and tickets, www.symphonyballet.org.

AMERICAN FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA, “Fauré Requiem,” the concert will also include Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Craig Jessop, music director and conductor, with guest artists Darrell Babidge, baritone, and Jennifer Welch-Babidge, soprano, March 27, 7:30 p.m. Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main, Logan, $12-$20 general, youth 8 years and older are admitted, no babes in arms, www.americanfestivalchorus.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Woodwind Chamber Night, March 27, 7:30 p.m., University Parkway Center (northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway), free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Honors Concert, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, in David Gardner Hall, free.

UTAH SYMPHONY, Masterworks Series, “Beethoven and Wagner,” Jun Märkl, conductor, Ingrid Fliter, piano, the concert will feature Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2, and Wagner’s Orchestral Suite from The Ring, March 27-28, 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.

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, Opera Studio, Philip Glass’ The Photographer, a chamber opera based on the homicide trial of Eadweard Muybridge, based on words drawn from the trial as well as Muybridge’s letters to his wife, commissioned by the Holland Festival, first performed in 1982 at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, March 27-28, 7:30 p.m., Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, $5 general, Westminster students, faculty and staff get 1 free ticket, 801-832-2457, www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents.

SALT LAKE CHORAL ARTISTS, “Youth Honor Choir Festival,” March 28, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardener Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, University of Utah, $15 general, $10 students with ID, www.saltlakechoralartists.org.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Smiley Amano Distinguished Performers Concert Series, inaugural concert, Mary Anne Huntsman, piano, March 28, 7:30 p.m., The Performance Hall, free, however tickets are required, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Harp Solo and Ensemble, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, free.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Sundays@7 Faculty Spotlight, Vedrana Subotic, piano, March 29, 7 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall in David Gardner Hall, free.

JAZZSLC, Manhattan Trinity, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash and George Mraz, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $24.50 general, $10 students, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “Great American Songbook,” Jazz Ensembles, David Fullmer, director, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, $10 general, $5 students, $2 children under 16 years, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

AMERICAN STRING TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, Stringfest Honors Recital, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Garrison Choral Room, Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University, free.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Lyceum Philharmonic, Kayson Brown, conductor, March 31, 7:30 p.m., Main Performance Hall, 425 West Center Street, Provo, free.

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PERFORMANCES-THEATRE-MARCH 2015

SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY, Two Stories, a world premiere by Elaine Jarvik, directed by Keven Myhe, Jodi a struggling journalist eager to keep her job in a changing economy gets more than a story when a Pakistani family moves in next door, the play is an exploration of diverse landscapes, including economic rise and fall, sensationalism and honesty, how we navigate the growing diversity and lingering stereotypes in our communities, and more intimately, how identity is bridged in generations, through March 1, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, Upstairs Theatre, 168 W. 500 North, $25-39 general, 801-363-7522, or log on to www.saltlakeactingcompany.org.

WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, Children of a Lesser God, by Mark Medoff, James joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he will be teaching lip-reading, he meets Sarah, deaf from birth, the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each others needs and feelings, but discord develops when Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf, while the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross, love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that can unite as well as divide, through March 7, 7:30 p.m., Dumke Student Theatre (Blackbox), Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, $10 general, 801-832-2457, www.westminstercollege.edu/culturalevents.

THE ZIEGFELD THEATRE, Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, it’s the story of Tevye, the dairyman, as he attempts to raise his daughters with a sense of tradition in a world of changing norms, through March 7, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinee on March 7, $15 general, $12 seniors/students/children (12 and under), if purchased online, $17 general, $14 seniors/students/children (12 and under) if purchased at the door, 3924 S. Washington Blvd., Ogden, 855-949-2787, www.theziegfeldtheater.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, The School for Lies, by David Ives, adapted from Moliére’s The Misanthrope, directed by Christopher DuVal, a deliciously off-color romantic spoof with anonymous love letters, false proposals, hidden identities and colorful characters, all in contemporary couplets, through March 8, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on March 7-8, Studio 115, $21 general, $18 seniors/U. faculty/staff, $11.50 students, free for U. students, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon, directed by Jennie Richardson, there is nothing more fascinating, frustrating, or maddening than the human relationship, whether it’s you first crush, your third marriage, or…well it’s complicated to say the least, through March 14, 7 p.m., Leishman Performance Hall, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $15 general, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org.

UTAH CHILDREN’S THEATRE, African Tales, a collection of African folk stories that are woven together to create a magical adventure, through March 14, March 6 and 13, 7 p.m., March 7, 13-14, 1 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., 3605 S. State St., $9 general, 801-532-6000, www.uctheatre.org.

PYGMALION THEATRE COMPANY, Hellman v. McCarthy, by Brian Richard Nori, directed by Lane Richins, the play is a dramatic reenactment of the $1 million slander lawsuit brought by Lillian Hellman against fellow literary lioness Mary McCarthy, the suit wasn’t settled until Hellman’s death in 1984, Dick Cavett is the casual commentator in this witty and revealing dark comedy, both Hellman and McCarthy thrived in a man’s world, but not by being kinder or gentler, through March 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, Leona Wagner Black Box, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $20, 801-355-2787, www.arttix.org.

DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE, Pirates of the Scaribbean, by Ben E. Millet, through March 21, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinees, $18.95 adults, $10.95 children (11 years and under), 4861 S. State, 801-266-2600, www.desertstar.biz.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mary Mary, tells the story of wisecracking cynic Mary and infuriating sensible Bob, only recently divorced and who haven’t seen each other in nine months, who meet at his department in the hope they can avert an audit by the IRS, through March 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 7:30 p.m., Brinton Theatre, $14 reserved, $12 seniors/students/military, 801-852-7007, www.provo.org/community/covey-center-for-the-arts.

TERRACE PLAZA PLAYHOUSE, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek,  directed by Dennis Ferrin, tells the story of two con men living on the French Riviera, Lawrence Jemeson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money, Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health, after meeting on a train they attempt to work together only to find the town isn’t big enough for the two of them, through April 4, 7:30 p.m., 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden, $12-$14 general, $11-$13 seniors/students, $9-$11 children (12 and under), 801-393-0070, http://terraceplayhouse.com.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-WEST VALLEY CITY, Ghost, the Musical, book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin, music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, just off the boards of London and Broadway, adapted from the movie, it’s the story of Sam and Molly, exquisite devotion, betrayed friendship, a compelling murder mystery, comedic incantations and lastly, a love that transcends spheres, through April 11, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances, $30-$33 general, $16 children (5-11 years, no children under 5 years permitted), 801-984-9000, www.halecentretheatre.org.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE-OREM, Les Misérables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, tells the story of Jean Valjean, a runaway convict seeking redemption after serving 19 years in a prison for stealing a loaf of bread, his journey to freedom collides and converges with the lives of the worst and the best of humanity, through April 25, 7:30 p.m., also 11 p.m. and 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, $17-$21 general, $13-$17 children, 801-226-8600, www.haletheater.org.

CENTERPOINT LEGACY THEATRE, Shrek The Musical, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abair, music by Jeanine Tesori, beauty is only skin deep, but ogre goes straight through to the bone, March 2-28, 7:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. matinees on March 21 and 28, Barlow Main Stage, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville, $17.25-$23.25, 801-298-1302, www.centerpointtheatre.org.

CACHE VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Unicorn Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Ruth Call, directed by Richie Call, March 5-7, 7 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinee on March 7, Bullen Center Carousel Ballroom, 43 S. Main St., Logan, $6 at the door, babes in arms welcome, www.cachearts.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Microburst Theatre Festival, a series of short plays written by BYU students, directed by George D. Nelson. March 5-7, 11-14, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees also on March 7 and 14, Margettes Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, $5 general, 801-422-4322, www.arts.byu.edu.

PLAN-B THEATRE, A/Version of Events, by Matthew Ivan Bennett, directed by Christy Summerhays, a claustrophobic road-trip about healing at different speeds, getting trapped in the wrong memories and whether we can ever outrun ourselves, featuring Carleton Bluford and Latoya Rhodes, , March 5-15, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. performances, Studio Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, $20, 801-355-2787, 888-451-2787, www.arttix.org.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, The Milk Dragon, John Newman, director, in this world premiere Play for Young Audiences, two young people journey from a perfect village to a dark and dangerous forest, finding imagination and courage along the way, March 5-7, 9, 12-14, 16, 19-21, 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on March 14 and 21, Noorda Theatre, $12 general, $8 college students with ID, $5 children 8-17 years, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

UTAH REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY, The Last 5 Years, by Jason Robert Brown, John Sweeney, director, musical that’s about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., $18 general, $16 seniors/students, with a 3 p.m. matinee on March 7, $1-$18, pay as you may, matinee includes a talkback with the director and cast, Sugar Space Theatre, 616 Wilmington, 435-612-0037, www.utahrep.org.

HERITAGE THEATRE, The Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan, how can you not have a good time visiting the town of Tittipu where Nanki-Poo (second trombone in a traveling band) wants to marry the lovely Yum-Yum, but she is promised to the tailor Ko-Ko, who has changed his occupation to Lord High Executioner so he can save himself from being beheaded for flirting, March 6-28, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinees on March 14 and 21, $10 general, $9 seniors/children under 12, S. Highway 89, Peery, 435-723-8392, www.heritagetheatreutah.com.

THE OFF BROADWAY THEATRE, Indianapolis Jones, the show follows Indianapolis Jones through foreign shrines, caves and an evil temple (not on Evil Temple Square) in search of Pandora’s Box, he is joined in his quest by his Asian sidekick and his bumbling old father, March 6-April 11, 7:30 p.m., 272 S. Main, $10-$16, $11 (March 16, 23, 30 and April 6), 801-355-4628, www.theobt.org.

THE GRAND THEATRE, The Skin of Our Teeth, By Thornton Wilder, Mark Fossen, director, combining farce, burlesque, satire, and elements of the comic strip, the author depicts an everyman family as it narrowly escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from the Ice Age to flood to war, March 12-28, Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State St., $14-$20, 801-957-3322, www.the-grand.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Kingsbury Presents, Mamma Mia, by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, based on the music of ABBA, March 13-15, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. performances, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, $35-$65 general, 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.utah.edu.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE, Ziegfeld Theater Company presents Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock, a tale of Tevye, the dairyman, as he attempts to raise his daughters with a sense of tradition in a world of changing norms, March 13-14, 8 p.m., March 15, 6 p.m., March 19-21, 8 p.m., March 22, 6 p.m., 328 Main, Park City, $29 (house), $35 (front of house), $45 (cabaret) [Thursday performance], $35 advance/$38 at the door (house), $43 advance/$46 at the door (front of house), $55 advance/$60 at the door (cabaret) [Friday-Sunday performances], 435-649-9371, www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org.

DRAPER HISTORIC THEATRE, Hairspray, based on the film written and directed by John Waters, directed by David Beach, the enchanted tale of acceptance, beauty, and being true to yourself, March 14, 16, 20-21, 23, 27-28, 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees also on March 21 and 28, $9 general, $7 seniors/students/military, $5 children 12 and under, all seats $5 for matinees, reserved tickets, $11 general, $9  seniors/students/military/children, 12366 S. 900 East, 801-572-4144, www.drapertheatre.org.

RADICAL HOSPITALITY THEATER, “A Night with Tennessee Gala,” dinner with music from the 1940s-50s, black tie requested, March 19, 6-10 p.m., Gateway Mall, in the old Anthropology space, $150, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to “In Our Skin,” a Utah teen creative writing program, www.radicalhospitalitytheater.com.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Kingsbury Presents, Great American Tall Tales, an original musical created by U. of U. Youth Theatre, brings the familiar legends of the 19th century to life, featuring Paul Bunyun, Johnny Appleseed, and a fictional version of Davey Crocket’s wife Sally Thunder Ann Whirlwind, rip-roaring action, broad humor and colorful (yet kid-friendly) language to retell your favorite tall tales, March 20-21, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. performances, Kingsbury Hall, $10 general, $5 children (18 years and younger), 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.utah.edu.

UTAH REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY, The Last 5 Years, by Jason Robert Brown, John Sweeney, director, musical that’s about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, March 20-22, 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee also on March 22, The Ziegfeld Theater, 3934 Washington Blvd., Ogden, $18 general, $16 seniors/students/children under 12 years, 855-944-2787, www.theziegfeldtheater.com.

SCERA CENTER, The Secret Garden, performed by SCERA’s national award-winning high school company, “Acting Up,” the Tony-Award winning musical based on children’s literature reimagined by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, tells the story of 11 year old orphan Mary Lennox who comes to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin, March 20-23, 25-28, 7:30 p.m., $8 adults, $6 seniors (65+ years) and children (ages 3-11 years), 745 S. State, Orem, 801-225-2787, www.scera.org.

RADICAL HOSPITALITY THEATER, A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, the story follows Blanche DuBois through an eye opening journey wrought with shame, ego, deceit and ignorance, March 20-22, 26-28, 7:30 p.m. (single seat viewing), March 20-21, 27-28, 7 p.m. (dinner theater), Gateway Mall, in the old Anthropology space, $25 general, $110 dinner with pairing, $85 food only, www.radicalhospitalitytheater.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, A Winter’s Tale,  by William Shakespeare, directed by Lindsay Livingston, myth and misunderstanding intersect as a cast of colorful and passionate characters search for their happy ending in this tragicomedy, March 20-21, 24-27, 31, April 1-3, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. matinees on March 21 and 28, ASL interpreted performance on March 26, Pardoe Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, $8-$15, $8 matinees, $4-$5 off with BYU or student ID, $2 off for seniors/BYU alumni, 801-422-4322, www.arts.byu.edu.

PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY, I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick, Andrew Rally is on the top of the world, he’s a big TV star and he has just moved into a ritzy apartment in Manhattan so he can start rehearsals for his New York debut as Hamlet, but there’s only one problem – he hates Hamlet – and when the ghost of John Barrymore shows up to help him prepare for the role, he’s in for the ride of his life, March 20-April 4, 7:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday evenings), 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday evenings), also 2 p.m. matinees (on Saturdays), $25-$44 (tickets will be $5 higher when purchased on day of performance), 801-581-6961, www.pioneertheatre.org.

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, The Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abair, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart, the play charts the bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day,  March 24-28, 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee also on March 28, Black Box Theatre, $8-13, 435-797-8022, www.arts.usu.edu.

DESERT STAR PLAYHOUSE, Into The Hoods: A Fractured Fairy Tale, March 26-June 6, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. performances, 4861 S. State Street, Murray, $18.95 adults, $10.95 children (11 years and under), www.desertstar.biz.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY, Arcadia***, by Tom Stoppard, Jennifer A. Kokai, director, do you wonder what it would be like to go back and witness a historical event, inside a pastoral English manor, two driven academics try to determine whether a volatile mix of lust and poetry led to a feud there 200 years earlier, the play moves between the 1800s and the present, and offers a powerful blend of logic, emotion, wit and heartache, March 27-28, 31-April 4, 7:30 p.m., Eccles Theatre, $10-$12, 801-626-7000, www.weberstatetickets.com.

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PERFORMANCES-DANCE-MARCH 2015

ODYSSEY DANCE THEATRE, “Carmen,” with a modern twist, set in the world of the reality TV dance competition with an amazing mix of music, utilizing the best of Bizet and Contemporary Pop classics, March 5-7, 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee also on March 7, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, $20-$40 general, students can buy two tickets for the price of one on the day of performance, seniors and U. Faculty receive a 10 percent discount, and men and women in the military, police and fire and their immediate families receive a 30 percent discount,  one 801-581-7100, www.kingsburyhall.org.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, Department of Modern Dance, Performing Dance Company, March 6-7, 13-14, 7:30 p.m., Marriott Center for Dance, $12 general, $8 students, U. students free with ID, 801-581-7100, www.kingtix.com.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Wasatch Ballet in Concert, March 11, 7 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $8 general, 801-852-7007, www.coveycenter.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships, March 11-14, all day, Marriott Center, for ticket information call 801-422-4322, or online at www.byuarts.com.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, directors and guest choreographers present “Destinations,” an evening of contemporary modern dance, Angela Banchero-Kelleher and Amy Markgraf, artistic directors, March 12-14, 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.

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:

  • March 14, The Mundi Project/Gina Bachauer;
  • April 11, University of Utah Youth Theatre, Utah’s premier young actor training program performs musical theatre hits;  
  • May 9, 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.

COVEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Utah Regional Ballet in Concert, Jacqueline Colledge, artistic director, annual repertory concert featuring a guest master choreographer in neo-classical and contemporary ballet, March 19, 7:30 Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $18 general, 801-852-7007, www.coveycenter.org.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, dancEnsemble, focuses on presenting new student choreography, March 20-21, 7:30 p.m., also a 2 p.m. matinee on March 21, Dance Studio Theatre, Richards Building, $6 general, 801-422-4322, or online at www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Senior Dance Showcase, a concert of diverse dance works highlighting the artistry and stylistic voices of graduating seniors, March 21-22, 7:30 p.m., March 27, 7:30 p.m., and March 28, 2 p.m., Dance Studio Theatre, Richards Building, $6 general, 801-422-4322, or online at www.byuarts.com.

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, “Seasons,” BYU’s Living Legends presents dancing, music and costumes celebrating the Latin American, Native American and Polynesian cultures, Janielle Christensen, artistic director, March 26, 7:30 p.m., de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, $12 general ($4 off with BYU or student ID, $1 off seniors and BYU alumni), 801-422-4322, www.byuarts.com.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY, “A Choreographer’s Showcase,” Hip Hop Company, Ashley Kimsey, faculty mentor, March 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Ragan Theatre, $7 general, $5 students, 801-863-7529, or box office located in Noorda Theatre, or Campus Connection, www.uvu.edu/arts.

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OGDEN’S BONNEVILLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL STARTS MARCH 2

The Bonneville Chamber Music Festival starts its ninth season on March 2. As in the past, the festival will feature some familiar standard repertoire along with a few surprises. “It is going to be a mix of known and unknown works,” said cellist and festival founder Viktor Uzur in an interview with Reichel Recommends.

Viktor Uzur

One of these little known pieces is Anton Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 35, with the unusual scoring of violin, viola and two cellos. “This is not frequently performed,” Uzur said, “but it is a wonderful piece and very well written.” It’s a work that is reminiscent of early Rachmaninoff in its harmonic language, and it is distinctly Russian in its impression. “It has a dark sound which is typical of Russian music of the 19th century.” There are also elements of Russian Orthodox Church music and Gregorian Chant in the quartet. Stylistically, it’s far removed from Arensky’s more popular and more often performed D minor Piano Trio, op. 32, Uzur said. “I think [the quartet] is going to be a real treat for the audience.”

The Arensky will be paired with Schubert’s glorious Cello Quintet, D. 956, a phenomenal work that is a cornerstone of 19th century chamber literature. Both are part of the festival’s closing concert on March 21. Performing at this concert will be festival regulars Mikhail Bereznicky, viola, and cellists Suren Bagratuni and Uzur. They’ll be joined by newcomer Livia Sohn, violin. “Livia is a wonderful young violinist,” Uzur said. “I am so happy she will be with us this year.”

The festival opens true to tradition with the Richter Uzur Duo, which teams up Uzur with guitarist Brad Richter, who has been a part of BCMF since its inception.

The duo typically programs arrangements of popular music as well as crossover pieces. This year, though, they’ve decided to do things a bit differently and include other material as well. “It’s going to be a mixed genre program that’s going to transcend boundaries,” Uzur said. Included in the program will be European folk music and original pieces. (The duo will be the guest artists on the March 3 Highway 89 program on Classical 89. The live concert will air at 8 p.m.)

Livia Sohn (Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

In between these two concerts, the rest of the programs will feature a broad range of works, including Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Trio in A minor. “We’re playing this for the first time,” Uzur said. “It needs an outstanding pianist, because it is almost a piano concerto.” Joining Uzur for this program, which takes place on March 18, will be pianist Paolo André Gualdi and violinist Carmelo de los Santos.

“The Tchaikovsky is a magical piece. The variations in the second movement are full of contrasts. It is a fantastic work and will be another nice treat for the audience.”

Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel will be on the March 20 concert. “Mikhail [Bereznicky] is an expert on this piece. He has played it many times.”

Written in the early 1970s, Rothko Chapel is scored for viola, cello, bassoon, horn and choir. “It is a modern piece,” Uzur said. “I find it very interesting. It’s well constructed and well laid out, and I hope the audience will enjoy it.”

There will also be a family oriented concert on March 16 that will feature magic tricks along with a classically themed program. “We are trying to make it fun and introduce kids to classical music. I am really excited about this.” The concert is free of charge and parents are encouraged to bring their small children. It takes place in the Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch, 5568 S. Adams, Washington Terrace.

Except for the March 18 concert, performances will take place in venues in and around Ogden (see the concert schedule below for locations). “We’re experimenting this year,” Uzur said. In the past, concerts have taken place in Allred Theatre in Weber State University’s Val A. Browning Center. “We wanted to explore other intimate venues and reach out and have a bigger presence in the community.”

Below is a schedule of events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $7 general, $6 seniors and military with ID and $4 students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 801-626-7000 or 800-978-8457 or by going online to www.weberstatetickets.com.

For more information and artist roster log on to the festival website at http://www.weber.edu/bcmf.

  • BONNEVILLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: “REACHING OUT – NEW SPACES – NEW SOUNDS”
  • March 2, 7:30 p.m., “Richter Uzur Duo: Dances and Dreamscapes.” Brad Richter, guitar; Viktor Uzur, cello. Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch, 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace.
  • March 16, 6 p.m., “Family Evening: Magic and Music.” Camelo de Santos, violin; Paolo André Gualdi, piano. Weber County Library, Pleasant Valley Branch, 5568 S. Adams Ave., Washington Terrace. (Free; no age limit.)
  • March 18, 7:30 p.m., “From Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio to Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances.” Carmelo de los Santos, violin; Viktor Uzur, cello; Paolo André Gualdi, piano. Allred Theater, Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University
  • March 20, 1:30 p.m., Cello Master Class with Suren Bagratuni. Val A. Browning Center, Room 113, Weber State University. (Free and open to the public.)
  • March 20, 7:30 p.m., “Acoustical Reflections: Rothko Chapel.” Mikhail Bereznicky, viola; WSU Chamber Choir; Mark Henderson, conductor; Thomas Priest, bassoon; Steve Park, horn; Viktor Uzur, cello. First Presbyterian Church, 880 28th Street, Ogden.
  • March 21, 7:30 p.m., “Festival Finale: The Celebrated Schubert Quintet and Arensky Quartet.” Livia Sohn, violin; Mikhail Bereznicky, viola; Suren Bagratuni and Viktor Uzur, cello. First Presbyterian Church, 880 28th Street, Ogden.
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