Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall Recital Series- Starts September 6

The Orchestra of Southern Utah
Fall Recital Series 2016

(Poster design by Rollan Fell)

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is excited to exhibit our talented musicians who are performing for in our fall recital series this year!

September 6, 2016
A Legacy Begins
Directed by Melissa Leavitt
A collection of music and songs to celebrate our journey and where we came from! 

Common Ground is a vocal/instrumental group which enjoys sharing popular and folk music.  The group consists of Jim Howells plus Des and Sara Penny.  They are active musicians in the community and have performed on the fall recitals for several years as well as for Groovefest, Farmer's Market, and church events.  They have chosen two love songs for the first recital, "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" and the Irish tune "Star of County Down".

"We're called "The Red Hill Rangers" and we've been together for six years.  I have been playing for over 50 years with other groups and solo so I always seem to have to have a backup band to play with me.  I love to give other people a chance to be on stage and enjoy what I've enjoyed for such a long time.   We're looking forward to playing September 6th and we're going to be ready.  Bob Nolan is such a hero to me and he was a part of the beginning of the "Sons of the Pioneers" and their history has become a legacy of Western Music through the years," said Steve Downs.

The MB3 Quartet is composed of David Bolsover (sax), Christian Bohnenstengel (piano), Trekker Burt (bass), and Manny Mosqueda (djembe, or African drums). The group plays bebop, post-bop, and hard-bop jazz; blues, standards, various Latin styles, and originals. They have played together since the fall of 2015, playing monthly at the Artisans Gallery on Center Street. Christian is the piano instructor at SUU; Trekker is a music student there, David is a retired editor from the federal government, and Manny is a semi-retired realtor. All live in the Cedar City area.

The Washburn Family Bluegrass Band plays traditional, hard driving bluegrass. They have been performing for about one year. The boys all started on their instruments as early as they could hold them. Paul grew up playing in a family bluegrass band and wanted to carry on that experience when he had a family. Luckily, his family has enjoyed it. The boys especially have enjoyed being able to have some shows to exhibit their talents. 

Nicole Ray will be playing Scarborough Fair, an English folk song, on piano.

Village Voices is one of Southern Utah’s outstanding vocal ensembles.  Founded in 2011, the chamber choir gathered to share their love for singing, especially in the realm of choral music.  The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the coloring of acapella music from baroque to jazz.  Based in Cedar City, director Danny Hansen and his twelve singers are noted for their diverse repertoire and performing excellence.  In addition to a busy season of concerts, including opening for The Piano Guys this summer, the choir contributes many hours to the arts scene of Southern Utah.

Come join us at our first OSU event of the season Musical Legacy. 
This is only the beginning....

Heritage Center Theater
September 6, 2016
7:30 PM
Suggested Donation $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Students

Friday, August 19, 2016

Magical Practice in the Park

(Poster design by Rollan Fell)

You are invited to embrace the last of the warm summer air with the Orchestra of Southern Utah at their Practice in the Park. With the magic of rehearsal and an opportunity to try instruments, the practice is perfect for a relaxing evening.

Start off the evening with an instrument petting zoo, hosted by Cedar Music Store & Studio. Try your skills and see what it is like to play instruments like violin, trumpet, flute, and different drums. Children and adults are invited to come at 6 p.m. to experience this unique opportunity. 

Following the instrument petting zoo, enjoy a picnic as the orchestra practices Copland’s Hoe Down, Gabriel’s Oboe, and Duke Ellington’s Caravan. The rehearsal is interactive, a way for the audience to understand and connect with the rehearsal process.

The rehearsal will start at 6:45 p.m. and even though the orchestra will be stopping and starting to fix passages, it is fun to understand how the orchestra works to coordinate different lines of music for a cohesive performance. It’s also an informal opportunity to see the instruments up close and personal. Bring a blanket and picnic for a great evening.

If time permits, you may even hear a bit of Beethoven as OSU works ahead for the November concert.
OSU’s first rehearsal of the season is Thursday, August 25, from 6:00-8:45 pm at the Park by the library. 

In case of inclement weather, the rehearsal will be moved and closed to the public. For more information, including season tickets, please visit www.myosu.org or call the Orchestra of Southern Utah at (435) 233-8213.

Friday, August 12, 2016

OSU’s Season Musical Legacy Features Local Talent

(Poster design by Rollan Fell)

The Orchestra of Southern Utah invites you to join us for our dynamic 2016-2017 season, Musical Legacy. Despite being a small town, Cedar City has become a pocket where the arts flourish. OSU is proud to claim over 200 talented musicians who bring to life the music each season. We are grateful for our patrons and donors who have made it possible for OSU to bring Cedar City live performances. Together, with the talent of our musicians and love of music from our patrons we celebrate our Musical Legacy.

On October 13, the concert series titled Musical Legacy.  kicks off with American Legacy, conducted by Carylee Zwang. American Legacy celebrates our country with performances with Cedar High School’s Advanced Orchestra and Southern Utah University’s Jazz Band as well as OSU. Our principal oboist, Brad Gregory performs the famous Gabriel’s Oboe. The finale joins orchestras for a rousing Hoe Down from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo.

Natural Legacy, conducted by Adam Lambert on November 10, will celebrate the beauty of the outdoors including Vivaldi’s Autumn from the Four Seasons featuring our newly appointed concert mistress Heather Wilhelm, Leo Delibes’ Flower Duet, and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

December 11 and 12 will mark the 76th Cedar City performance of Handel’s Messiah for a Sacred Legacy.  Thanks to sponsorship from State Bank of Southern Utah and the Leavitt Group this traditional concert is a gift to the community.

After ringing in the New Year, the orchestra returns with the annual Children’s Jubilee matinee. Create Your Own Legacy is set for February 11 and captivates young minds with music, art, and science activities. 

On February 23, Xun Sun will conduct Creative Legacy with highlights including a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Christian Bohnenstengel as the piano soloist. Our area’s national parks are celebrated in an OSU commissioned piece with the world premiere of Valley of Enchantment by American composer Mark Dal Porto. 

The season concludes on April 6 with Youthful Legacy, the Roy L. Halversen Young Artist Concert. Conducted by Adam Lambert and Carylee Zwang, the concert will showcase the exceptional talent of young soloists and end with a lively rendition of Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture.

Our dynamic directing team and the OSU board thank the Cedar City RAP tax, George S.and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and Dixie and Anne Leavitt for the generous support and sponsorship up the OSU Season.

With the exception of the Children’s Jubilee, all concerts will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the evening with lobby music beginning at 6:45. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for groups of 6. Season tickets are available at a price of $40 for adults and $25 for students.

Please, no children 6 and under as the evening concerts are recorded. All concerts will be held in the
Heritage Center Theater. Season Tickets are available at Cedar Music Store and Studio, the Heritage Theater, or over the phone at 435-233- 8213.

For more information, please visit www.myosu.org or call the Orchestra of Southern Utah at (435) 233-8213.


For Calendars:

OSU 2016-2017 Season

Tuesdays in Sept.:  20th Annual Fall Recital Series, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Theater
October 13, 2016- American Legacy, 7:30 pm, Heritage Theater
November 10, 2016- Natural Legacy, 7:30 pm, Heritage Theater
December 11, 2016- Sacred Legacy, Messiah, 7:30 pm, Heritage Theater
December 12, 2016- Sacred Legacy, Messiah, 7:30 pm, Heritage Theater
February 11, 2017- Children’s Jubilee, 2:00 pm, Heritage Theater
February 23, 2017- Creative Legacy, 7:30 pm, Heritage Theater
April 6, 2017- Youthful Legacy, 7:30 pm, Heritage Theater

Season Ticket Cost- $40 adults, $25 students
Single Ticket Cost- $10 adults, $5 Students, $30 group of 6

OSU conductors: Adam Lambert, Jackie Riddle-Jackson, Carylee Zwang, and Xun Sun