Friday, September 19, 2014

October Concert Exploring the World Through Music

Exploring the World Through Music

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is pleased to present their first concert of the season Exploring the World Through Music. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Heritage Center 105 N. 100 East in Cedar City, The Performances that night will reflect the Orchestra’s theme for the year which is Pieces of Peace.

Emily Hepworth, Manager of Orchestra of Southern Utah said, “Pieces of Peace is a theme that is meant to bring all people together through music”.   OSU Musical Director Xun Sun has been recognized by SUU for his work in developing cultural collaboration between China and America.  Students, musicians, dancers, and artists have visited Cedar City thanks to his efforts.

The concert will feature the Chinese piece Chao Yang Valley with choir and orchestra. This will be the premiere in the United States. The choir has been rehearsing under the direction of Adrianne Tawa.   This featured piece will be conducted by  Maestro Tao Wu, Music Director and Chief Conductor of Henan Symphony Orchestra. Wu studied orchestral conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing of China and Berlin Academy of Music in Germany. The night’s performance will also feature the choir In Jublio, CVHS Madrigals, SUU Opus Chamber Choir, and Master Singers who will perform various pieces from around the world, including I’m gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing and Mbiri Kuna Mwari

OSU will also perform the popular Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger which was made popular through the documentary on the Civil War by Ken Burns.  Joshua Stavros and Britton Gardner will be doing dramatic readings as part of this performance, directed by Xun Sun.

Exploring the World Through Music  begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Heritage Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; children over the age of six are welcome at all Orchestra events with adult supervision. No babies please as the concerts are recorded. CDs and DVDs of the concerts are available.  For more information, visit or email

Season tickets available for $40 per set which includes four more concerts plus the Children’s Jubilee are available at Cedar Music Store, Whittlesticks, and the Heritage Center.