Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Flickers Coming in February: Silent Movies Paired with Great Classics

 Family MatinĂ©e: Saturday, Feb. 15,  “Where Dreams are Born”

The Orchestra of Southern Utah’s 11th Annual Children’s Jubilee provides a family friendly afternoon of music, art and science.   Lobby displays open at 1 p.m., music on stage with full symphony orchestra including Flickers silent movies at 2 p.m., followed by hands-on art and science activities designed to delight the whole family.  Admission is $5 per person and babies are free.  Three cans of food gives one free admission per family to assist Iron County Care and Share as part of the Orchestras Feeding America initiative.

Dr. Xun Sun directs the orchestra in three great classics for the children: A Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky, Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg, and Danse Infernal plus Finale from the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. The music and silent films have been coordinated by Video Ideas of Tennessee, who created the visual enhancement for the Spanish Trail Suite for a previous OSU performance.  Steven Swift is helping to add additional comedies to the presentation with an emphasis on Charlie Chaplin.

Lobby displays include Cedar Music Store and Studio, Usborne Books, a costume area for children, Artful Orchestra from Gateway Preparatory Academy, movie display by South Elementary students, historical movie posters from Frontier Homestead Museum, face painting, and other activities.  Science activities are being coordinated by Laura Cotts and include several SUU faculty and students as well as the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History and Animal Ambassadors.  Art activities are designed and facilitated by SUU Elementary Education students under the direction of Ivy Kiley.  Dr. Matt Weeg and Dr. Troy Stonely are also assisting the science portion of the afternoon.  Music in the lobby features percussionist Jason Gottfried. 

The League of American Orchestras has recognized the OSU Jubilees as outstanding education experiences at national conferences.  “We basically create a one day children’s museum for the children thanks to all of the volunteers and partner organizations,” said Sara Penny, OSU Assistant.

Color Country Pediatrics and RAP (Recreation, Arts, and Parks) are the major sponsors for the Children’s Jubilee with media sponsorship by Utah Public Radio.  Poster design by Rollan Fell.

Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager, and Steve Swift, recording engineer, are also presenting several school assemblies in the week prior to the Jubilee to share “Movie Magic” with students.

For a look at the Silent Movie era check out stars, costumes, and movies at

“To the Stars” Evening Performance on Thursday, Feb. 20
The complete Flickers film set with all of the music is set for Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center.  The emphasis will be on comedies. More information on the music for Feb. 20:
For more information, please visit, email, or call Emily Hepworth at 435-233-8213. 

Emily Hepworth
OSU Manager
435-319-0692 (good for texts and calls)
435-233-8213 (good if you need a local number, no texts)

Who:  Orchestra of Southern Utah
What:  Children’s Jubilee, family afternoon of music, art and science
When:  Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 1 p.m., music at 2, activities follow
Where:  Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City
Why:  To delight and educate with great classics and movies from the silent movie era
Cost: $5 per adult and $5 per child, Babies FREE
One FREE admission per family with three cans of food for Iron County Care and Share

Silent movie era:
Pinterest:  Orchestra of Southern Utah and Flickers

Video previews:  Dream a Little Dream Medley with music from fall recitals Train slapstick comedy