About Edward Reichel

Edward Reichel, author, writer and composer, has been covering the classical music scene in Utah since 1997. For many years he served as the primary music critic for the Deseret News. He has also written for a number of publications, including Chamber Music Magazine, OPERA Magazine, 15 Bytes and Park City Magazine, and he is currently a regular contributor to saltlakemagazine.com. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at ereichel@reichelartsreview.com. Reichel Recommends is also on Twitter @ReichelArts.


Utah Lyric Opera invites you to travel back in time for a “Retro” Christmas! Fictitious Provo radio station, KULO presents, “Singing the Stories of Christmas,” an evening of tried and true Christmas stories, traditional carols, and popular songs, hot off the 1951 “Hit Parade” charts!

“Singing the Stories of Christmas” is a departure from the “opera” and “classic” fare that Utah Lyric Opera usually serves its audience. With “Singing the Stories of Christmas,” ULO produces a more intimate show, all in English, that features our own Utah talent.

“It’s sort of a “mash up” of a Storytelling Festival, and a “jive” 1950s Radio Show,” says Marc Reynolds, Associate Director. “Our Executive Director wanted to write a classic Christmas show that would feature some of our best Utah talent, but in a way not usually seen…that’s why it takes place in a small radio station in 1951.”

Also new to Utah Lyric Opera is the venue for this production, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Provo. “We wanted to be able to play the show in a more intimate space,” remarked Elizabeth Hansen, ULO’s award-winning Executive Director, and writer and director of “Singing the Stories of Christmas.” “St. Mary’s is the perfect place for an intimate show like this, AND we can also present four performances, which we’ve never had the luxury to do in the past.”

Featured performers are Korianne Orton-Johnson, Kelsey Mariner and Amanda Kasperian as the “Singer Sisters,” a tight-harmonied “Andrew Sisters-like” trio; Scott McDonald as the show’s “announcer;” and local storytellers, Wendy Gourley and Lora Schmidt, who have performed at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Audiences can look forward to hearing traditional carols like, “I Wonder As I Wander,” “O Come, O Come, Emanuel,” “Silent Night” and more, along with swinging renditions of “Jingle Bells,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” in tight three-part harmony, as well as an audience “Sing-a-Long” and much, much more!

Utah Lyric’s “Singing the Stories of Christmas” performances will be December 15, 16, 17 & 19 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 50 West 200 North in Provo. The show begins at 7:30 PM. General Admission Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 22 and can be purchased online at SmithsTix.com http://smithstix.com/profiles/profile/17287/uathlyricopera or at any SmithsTix location.

BYU BRAVO! Welcomes Star of Opera World

Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

“The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato reminds us that in any generation there are a few giants. Joyce is not only a great, brave and inspiring artist – one of the finest singers of our time–but she is also a transformative presence in the arts. Those who know her repertoire are in awe of her gifts, and those who know nothing of it are instantly engaged. Joyce sings and the world is suddenly brighter. She compels us to listen actively, to hear things anew.” Jake Heggie, Gramophone

Joyce DiDonato performs with the Brentano Quartet and pianist Craig Terry.

Check out this YouTube video  from the 2012 Grammy Awards of Joyce DiDonato.

Check out this YouTube video of the Brentano String Quartet.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

de Jong Concert Hall – Harris Fine Arts Center

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