Wednesday, December 24, 2014

74th Cedar City "Messiah" Photos

Taking bows on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 after the performance.  
Thanks to Rollan Fell for photos.

Thanks to all of the musicians in the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Chorale; directors Xun Sun and Adrianne Tawa; Heritage Center staff, ushers, technical team; OSU support team including stage manager Rick Pettit; and recording team led by Steven Swift.

Full program available for download and more information:

Quilt display coordinated by Andrea Nelson, who also sang in the Chorale.

Harpsichord added for this year's production.

OSU Education Director Melissa Leavitt also directs
 the Southern Utah Children's Choir, Sunday lobby music.

Kendra Leavitt played for the Children's Choir Sunday evening.

The audience enjoyed the lobby music.

OSU President Harold Shirley recognizes Dennis Loeffel
for his service to the orchestra.

Dr. Xun Sun prepares to lead the performance.

Brandon Grayson sang "Comfort Me" and "Every Valley"

Changing lighting added drama to the concert this year.

Sarah Stout was the soloist for "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings"

The Chorale started rehearsing in Oct. for the annual performance.

Christian Bohnenstengel played the harpsichord part.

Leslie Perkins sang the angel recitatives.

Jen Hinton sang the alto part for "Eyes of the Blind Shall Be Opened"

Marlo Ihler sang the soprano part of the aria
Jacklyn Thompson sang "How Beautiful are the Feet"

Full Chorale and orchestra for "All We Like Sheep"

Brook Alldredge sang "Thou Art Gone Up on High"

Rimi Fletcher sang "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"

Glen Reber sang "The Trumpet Shall Sound"

Laura Bird played the solo trumpet part.

Final Amens

Thanks to our flower team during the final bows.

The Interfaith Association provided homemade cookies after the Sunday performance.

OSU Manager Emily Hepworth in dual role as mom.

After the concert.  Thanks to Rollan Fell for all of the photos to this point.

Three generations of OSU violinists:  Colleen, Sage, and June
(photos by Sara Penny from this point)

Display included olive wood nativity from Israel thanks to Roice Nelson.

Part of the technical crew who made the production run smoothly.

Country Fiddle performed for the Monday night lobby music led by Heather Wilhelm.

June Thorley recognized on Monday evening (Photo by Jolene Heit.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

74th Cedar City "Messiah" Performance

Sunday, Dec. 14, and Monday, Dec. 15, in Cedar City

Nearly 2000 tickets have been distributed.  If you have one you are not using please return to the box office or one of the musicians or Chorale members.
There will be a stand-by line and any empty seats will be released at 7:15 p.m.

Lobby Music starts at 6:45 p.m.
Please be seated by 7:15 p.m. Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Children over six with adult supervision.  
No younger children or babies please as the concerts are recorded.

Thanks to sponsors:  State Bank of Southern Utah
The Leavitt Group

Thanks to the volunteers who make this possible, including the orchestra musicians and the chorale.

Thanks to the Heritage Center staff and all of the others behind the scenes. 

We appreciate everyone involved.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fall Orchestra of Southern Utah Photos

Backstage before the concert with soloist Sarah Sun and violist Hannah Bradshaw

David Jordan played the extensive marimba solo in "Africa"
Kylee Christiansen and Carylee Zwang prepare before the concert for the "Typewriter"
Dr. Xun, OSU Music Director and Conductor, with his daughter, pianist Sarah Sun
Liahona Hepworth and Mandy Minkler serve as OSU librarians.

Trumpets at intermission after "Bulger's Holiday"

More from the trumpets

Enterprise Choir at dress rehearsal for "Africa"

Tyler Braun, Joshua Fletcher, and Carylee Zwang at dress rehearsal on the African drums.
Enterprise Choir and Orchestra before the concert.

Harry Taylor provided lobby music for the 11/13/14 concert.

Lobby before the 11/13/14 concert.

American composers and American flags at 11/13/14 concert.  Even the audience got into the mood.
Wilhelm provided lobby music for 10/9/14 concert

Melissa Leavitt has implemented the 4th grade Musical Passport program thanks to donor support.
Lobby before the 10/9/14 concert.

OSU President Harold Shirley presents guest conductor Tao Wu with plaque before concert.
In Jubilo in the 10-9-14 concert
SUU Opus Chamber Choir under the direction of Kevin Baker.
Master Singers under the direction of Dee Rich.

Canyon View High School Choir under the direction of Adrianne Tawa
Tao Wu greets Dixie and Anne Leavitt after the concert.
Xun Sun, Katie Johnson, Tao Wu, and OSU Manager Emily Hepworth after 10-9-14 concert

Backstage after the concert with past and present OSU violinists.

Xun Sun receives a gift from an OSU patron after the concert.

Xun Sun,  Mrs. Tao Wu, Sara Penny, Tao Wu and Pete Akins after the concert

. for video of performance