Sunday, February 18, 2018

Visiting World Wonders Through Music

By Tanisa Crosby

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is excited to announce their World Wonders Concert on Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 pm at the Heritage Center. Come take a round-trip to visit some of the great Wonders of the World through music. On this trip, we’ll be visiting The Great Barrier Reef with music from Debussy’s La Mer, The Great Pyramid of Giza with a medley from the Prince of Egypt, and Song of India by Rimksy-Korsakov representing the Taj Mahal.

You could spend thousands of dollars on traveling the world, but this music has its own fascinating power to transport the musicians and audience. Travel with us as we perform Jumping Bean a piece written by Villa-Lobos represents the World Wonders of Macchu Picchu and Christ the Redeemer Statue. Dr. Xun Sun originally premiered a Chinese piece Floating Cloud, Flowing River in China. This elegant melody savors a beautiful day and the joy of nature that you can see all around as if you were on top of the Great Wall of China. 

To enhance your travels with the Orchestra of Southern Utah, beautiful pictures will be displayed throughout the music. Poems will be performed by Canyon View High School students. Lauren S. Carter, this past years English Sterling Scholar, wrote her own poem that promises to be emotionally stirring.
We also welcome two guest performers: The Red Rock Singers, who will give us a small taste of the Carmina Burana to be performed with SUU’s choir, orchestra, and dancers on selected dates from February 28-March 5. The Southern Utah String Quartet, comprised of OSU musicians who have performed ensemble music for 30 years. Book your tickets now to journey with the Orchestra around the world.

The Concert will take place on Thursday, February 22nd at the Heritage Center (105 North 100 East, Cedar City, UT) and begins at 7:30 p.m. Children six and up are welcome to attend with adult supervision. No babies please as concerts are recorded.
Ticket prices are: Adults $12, Students $6, and Groups of up to 6 for $40. Tickets are available now by either phone (435-233-8213) or by purchase at Heritage (Festival Hall) Box Office.

Preview the music:
To purchase tickets or for more information: Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager, 435-238-8213
Concert photos, review, and more info at

Poster design by Rollan Fell of the Print Shoppe

Carylee Zwang conducts the World Wonders concert
Carylee Zwang, an Assistant Conductor for the Orchestra of Southern Utah, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Utah University in Music Education.  She has spent more than 10 years in education and currently holds a position at SUU teaching Percussion Methods to upcoming educators.   She maintains a private percussion studio, giving one-on-one to local youth. She also donates time to the Cedar Valley Community Theater as a musician and conductor, as well as conducting the Parowan Community Choir.  Carylee also enjoys her time at home with her husband, beautiful daughter and has a new one on the way. 
Red Rock Singers preview upcoming Carmina Burana performances at OSU concert.

Southern Utah Quartet performs as guest artists
What are the Wonders of the World? 
Several Lists Give Us Areas to Explore

The classic seven wonders were:
Colossus of Rhodes, Greek statue
Great Pyramid of Giza.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Lighthouse of Alexandria.
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Turkey
Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

New Seven Wonders of the World
The Great Wall of China
The Taj Mahal, India
Petra, Jordan
The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Christ the Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Chichén Itzá, Mexico (Maya city)
Machu Picchu, Peru

The Seven Wonders of the Modern World 
Channel Tunnel: The 50 kilometer tunnel running under the English Channel to connect England to France.
CN Tower: The 533 meter-high needle-like tower in downtown Toronto, Canada. At the time of its construction in 1976, it was the tallest building in the world. 
Empire State Building: The iconic skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City. The 102-story building was the tallest in the world from 1931 to 1970.
Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco's iconic bridge first opened in 1937 and was the world's longest suspension bridge for nearly 30 years.
Itaipu Dam: Located on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, the Itaipu Dam is the second largest in the world for energy generation.
Netherlands North Sea Protection Works: A massive series of dams, levees, locks, and barriers that protect the low-lying Netherlands from the sea.
Panama Canal: Completed in 1917, the massive engineering project connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A new and larger canal opened in 2016.

Seven Natural Wonders of the World
(In 1997, CNN announced a listing of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World)
Grand Canyon
The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
Paricutin Volcano
Victoria Falls

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kaleidoscope of Wonders: Children's Jubilee 2018

Thanks to everyone involved in the Children's Jubilee and school assemblies this season. 
So much fun. We appreciate all of you.
Thanks for the 160 pounds of food donated for Iron County Care and Share.

Carrie Jo Bucklin helped arrange the SUU science groups.

Debbie Guy helped with the lobby deorations
Chinese instrument "Guzheng" thanks to Confuscious Insitute
Frehner Natural History Museum helping students identify animals

Southern Utah Rock Club even gave samples to students

Cedar Music Store and Studio let students try many instruments.

Southern Utah Children's Choir provided face painting

SUU Animal Ambassadors are always a hit.  The SUU Planetarium was upstairs.

Lauren McAfee from Cedar Library helped children experiment with bubbles

Kaychee Etchart shared robotics.

The harp arrives thanks to the Leavitts.  

Lisa Cox and Pam Minkler in the lobby with the food donation barrel. 

Debra Carter shows some of the percussion for the concert.

OSU honored four outstanding SUU educators with Volunteer plaques from the Lt. Governor's Office.  We so appreciate their ongoing suppport of the Children's Jubilee:  Jacqualine Grant, William Heyborne, Alisa Petersen and Brandon Wiggins.
William Heyborne

Alisa Petersen

Brandon Wiggins with OSU Manager Emily Hepworth.
Jacqualine Grant of SUU has provided inventive displays for the Frehner Natural History Museum for several years. 

Making kaleidoscopes with Art Fusion.

OSU President Harold Shirley checking out the Augmented Reality Sandbox. 

OSU Music Director Xun Sun with Sunny Chen and Kaili Brown.

OSU violinists Lindsay Sczcesny and Marin Colby

SUU Animal Ambassadors

Making Wonder of the Worlds cards with Cedar City Arts Council

Monster OSU Kaleidoscope with musican dress.
School Asssemblies preceeded the Jubilee with a fun song writing experience.
Melissa Leavitt and Roice Nelson provided school assemblies where students wrote lyrics and Roice added melody.

Melissa Leavitt at GPA Assembly

East Elementary
Song writers

Thanks to GPA and the other schools for hosting OSU assemblies