Friday, September 13, 2019

Tuesday Recital Showcases Classic Romance

You are invited to the second of the Fall Recital series this Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30-8:30 pm  is located at 21/Eleven, 2111 North Main in Cedar City. Music ranges from Beethoven and Elgar to Broadway musicals.

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: 21/Eleven
           2111 N Main Street Cedar City, UT
Suggested Donation $8 adults, $5 Students

Hannah Bradshaw
Chanson de matin Op. 15 No. 2 by Edward Elgar (1857-1934) (violin)   
Tracey Bradshaw, piano

Bonnie Nielson
Fly Me To The Moon by Bart Howard     
My White Knight from Music Man by Meredith Willson
When I Fall in Love by Young/Heyman

Emily Grady (Bassoon)
Gustav Schrek: Sonata in E flat Major  
Christian Bohnenstengel, piano                                                      

Xun Sun and Rebekah Hughes
Two duos for Violin by Wichtl
Christian Bohnenstengel
Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven

Brandon Burk
Moving Too Fast from "The Last Five Years"  by Jason Robert Brown
Run Away With Me from "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown" by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk

More info on performers: 
BRANDON BURK has over 25 years of experience as a professional actor, singer and coach. Notably, his acting credits include the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Nevada Conservatory Theatre [NCT], and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He holds an M.F.A. from UNLV’s Professional Actor Training Program and a B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an instructor and coach of acting, dialects/speech, and stage combat for numerous shows on the Las Vegas Strip, the NCT, the Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts, as well as private students since 2004.  Brandon is the former Artistic Director of The Onyx Theatre and Off-Strip Productions in Las Vegas, and he currently works as a Development Associate for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
HANNAH BRADSHAW began playing the violin at the age of six. Upon reaching fifth grade, she decided to challenge herself by learning to play the viola as well. While attending Cedar High School, she was viola section leader as well as concert master her senior year. She was selected to perform with the All-state orchestra all 4 years of high school and has received superior ratings at the state level Solo & Ensemble Festival in violin, viola, and percussion. She received superior ratings for 12 consecutive years in the Southern Utah String Festival. She was the Music Sterling Scholar at Cedar High and first runner
up in the state competition. Hannah has studied with Sara Penny, Ling Yu and Paul Abegg. She is currently a viola major at Southern Utah University.

CHRISTIAN BOHENSTENGEL serves as a piano professor at SUU and has extensive performance experience throughout America and in his native Germany.

Rebekah Hughes and Xun Sun

XUN SUN serves as Music Director and Conductor for the Orchestra of Southern Utah plus directing the SUU Orchestra as a Music Professor.  He is globally recognized for his musicianship and has guest conducted throughout China and in the Ukraine.

REBEKAH HUGHES serves as the manager of the OSU as well as teaching orchestra at the Gateway Preparatory Academy.  She studied violin at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music  in Brisbane Australia.

BONNIE NIELSON is a History Major here at SUU. She has minored in Music as well as in theatre and has loved learning that life and Music is a journey worth taking and best when shared with others. She has been performing on stage since she was 5 years old with various groups and had performing opportunities around the country. Bonnie took 1st at NATS last year and recently played Millie in CVCT's production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as well as Mrs. Paroo in CVCT's production of The Music Man. She is married to her sweetheart of 22 years and is the mother of 4 amazing children. Bonnie believes that Music is powerful and full of moments; moments that have shaped us and changed us forever. moments, memories, emotions all deeply embedded in us and some so powerful that they bring sentiments that leak from our eyes and our souls when we are lucky enough to be moved by it. She is grateful to performing and sharing this passion with you tonight.

Emily Park Grady is a native of Queens, New York.  She received her first undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and since Ethen has pursued studies in bassoon performance.  She holds a D.M.A. from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.  Her principal teachers are Virginia Stitt and Lori Wike.  She has performed as principal bassoonist with the orchestra of Southern Utah, and the Southwest Symphony.
Emily currently resides in Cedar City with her husband Michael.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Great Start to Recitals: Rock with the Classics

Thanks to everyone helping with the Fall Recital Series.  Below is the program and photos from the first recital.  We hope you will join us for the next recital on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the 21eleven venue, 2111 North Main, in Cedar City.

Opening Recital on Sept. 10.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Steve Downs
Loretta Westbrook

Bill Westbrook

Shayla Jessup
Cassie Walker
8eez Band

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Origins Season Celebrates 30 Years for OSU

Your orchestra celebrates 30 years as an independent non-profit community orchestra this Sept. Our first concert was in the spring of 1988, but we didn't receive our non-profit status until September of 1989.  In celebration we are looking at "Origins" and recreating some of our first concert as the season finale with a Mozart Overture and Dvorak Slavonic Dance featured on our first formal concert.

Although orchestras have performed for many years in Cedar at the schools, university and in cooperation with community musicians it was not until 1988 that the Orchestra of Southern Utah was officially formed.  We have started a new blog: Musical Memories with historical programs:  There are two entries so far with programs from 1988 through 1994.  We will continue to add new entries throughout this banner year.

The Origins season begins in Sept. with three recitals at 21eleven, 2111 North Main on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. for Sept.  10, 17, and 24.  The full symphony season launches on Oct. 10 with music from Ravel and Grofe.  On Nov. 7 we have programmed the popular Frostiana complete with choir as well as a Bloch concerto featuring violist Ling Yu.  The annual Messiah performances are set for December 8 and 9.  The Children's Jubilee will celebrate our Western heritage on February 15.  Final evening concerts are February 20 and April 9.  

Season tickets are now available from Rebekah Hughes, OSU Manager at (435) 590-6829 or

Thanks in advance for your support of your orchestra. Special thanks to everyone who participated in the May Soiree.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Thanks to All: 5th Annual Silver and Gold Soirée

Overview from above the activity for the 5th Annual Soirée
 Thanks to everyone involved in the festivities.  We appreciate all the donors, musicians, volunteers, staff, and participants.  This event raises essential funds for your orchestra.  Special thanks to Suzanne Tegland and Melody Hughes for above and beyond work making this a success.  The wonderful music was provided by Wilhelm and delightful food by Red Acre Farm.

Helpers setting up a lot of balloons

Wilhelm provided music.

Friday, May 10, 2019

5th Annual Gold and Silver Soirée set for May 31, Get Tickets Now

The Orchestra of Southern Plans For a Fun Evening 
with the 5th Annual Silver and Gold Soirée
By Tanisa Crosby

            While the Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU) has wrapped up the 2018-2019 concert season, the Orchestra certainly isn’t finished for the year.  The fifth annual Silver and Gold Soiree will takes place on Friday, May 31, at 5-7 P.M. at the Barn at Cedar Meadows.  The Orchestra of Southern Utah enjoys the spring months leading into summer for many reasons, but the biggest one is the Silver and Gold Soiree that has become a fun and unique event.  It features a variety of art forms, including music and art, and is also a chance for those who support the Orchestra to get to know the members off the stage.
            Suzanne Tegland, an OSU Board Member, OSU Violinist, and Soiree Director, has been diligently preparing for this year’s magical evening. In 2015, the OSU Board sat down for a meeting to discuss that year’s new season.  It was there, that Suzanne had the idea about creating an event where patrons and musicians could interact was brought up.  With the help of Ariel Rhodes, OSU Flautist and Woodwind Section Leader, Suzanne and Ariel set up the first Soiree for the end of the concert season in the spring.  Since that first year, the Soiree has become an ongoing event and allows for patrons and those who attend the concerts a chance to get to know the Orchestra.  “We wanted an event that got closer interaction with the musicians and the people who come to the concerts.” Tegland said, “Often, those who attend the concert don’t have the opportunity to really socialize with the Orchestra members.  There’s those on the stage and those in the audience and after a concert there’s not a lot of time to socialize.  The Soiree gets rid of that boundary and allows for those in the audience and those on stage to interact in an open setting.”
            The Soiree also acts as a fundraiser for the Orchestra, helping to fund music rental and purchase costs and helping to keep ticket prices down.  “Ticket sales only cover about 10-15% of operating costs.” Tegland explained, “The Soiree helps fill-in funds that help keep ticket prices down and allows for free tickets to be given for the 4th Grade VIP Passports.”  The biggest part of the Soiree comes from those who donated to the event providing for the silent auction and the drawing.  There are artworks, gift certificates and baskets that have been donated for this event.  “It’s a fun evening out and it’s light,” said Tegland. “We planned it for an early evening, so that those who attend can add it to their evening activities.  People can easily still go out to dinner and catch a movie, but still attend.  People do need to be present for the drawings but not for the silent auction, which allows an open come and go feel.  There will be live music, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and hors d’oeuvres.” Red Acre Farms are providing refreshments with their unique locally sourced and regionally recognized delicacies.
            The Silver and Gold Soiree will take place on Friday, May 31st, from 5-7 P.M. at The Barn at Cedar Meadows, located on 1419 W 3000 N, Cedar City (corner of Bulldog Rd. and 3000 N).  Tickets cost $10 per person. Tickets are mandatory for entry to the event and must be purchased in advance.  The Orchestra is still accepting donations for the drawings and silent auction. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, please call OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at 435-590-6829 or contact Suzanne Tegland.  Further information:

           Thanks to all who participate in this annual event and special thanks to our donors, musicians, and patrons.  Items will continue to be updated so check back to the blog.

Special Note to OSU Season Ticket Holders:  Your voucher with your season tickets serves as a ticket

New Items Update 5/30

Three Watercolors by Larry Laskowski:

Limited edition collectible plates thanks to Megan Marshall

 Thanks to Shelley Bradshaw for a Mary Kay basket 
Thanks to OSU musician Maylene Ferrin for these handmade toys.

New Items Update 5/29

Pastel by Arlene Braithwaite

Oil painting by Nick Froyd

Painting donated by Scott Phillips
Woodblock cards by Ron Wolter

Woodblock cards by Ron Wolter
Stamp Collector Art donated by OSU musician Kaer Neumann

New items added this week (5/25 update)
Utah Shakespeare Festival: 2 tickets to a play, 2 tickets to backstage tour, and 2 tickets for Repertory Magic
Gift certificates from Stitching it Up, French Spot, Centro Woodfired Pizzeria, Chef Alfredo's, Brodys, and the Grind Coffeehouse
Gift baskets: Red Acre Farms, Huntin' Fool, Charleys Southern BBQ, Jackson Dry Cleaners, and Great Harvest
Musician Donations: Tickets to Megaplex, Mary Kay Basket, 
Tickety Boo Pies: Two Homemade Pies
Rent Wapoworks: weighted blanket
Books, handmade cards, baby quilt and more donated.

Super thanks to everyone who is helping and all donors

Pastel by local artist Steve Yates
 Baltic amber pendant with gradated amber bead chain from Castro & Co. Jewelers
Mixed media piece by local artist Diane Walsh
 Baltic amber pendant with cord from Castro & Co. Jewelers
Thanks to Melissa Palmer for the framed art print donation.
Thanks to Lisa Crestsinger for a large donation of CDs, blues book and trumpet t-shirt. Two baskets of music from Groovacious will be part of the silent auction.
Two Ukuleles (silver and gold) donated by Cedar Music Store and Studio
Thanks to the SimonFest Theatre Company for tickets for their summer season, July 9 to 27, SimonFest website link
 Gold treble clef pendant and chain from Custom Jewelry Gallery
Gift package of mixing bowls and tea towels
from Bulloch Drug
Landscape quilted wall hanging by Debbie Nollan.

Set of Five Foil Prints donated anonymously
Painting by Paul Kuhn donated anonymously
Bath essentials donated by Sara Penny

Polish vase donated by Sara Penny
Cedar City Arts Council has provided handmade cards and discount coupons
Classical music and beautiful scenes in Yellowstone, produced by KUED