Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 27- Sophisticated Ladies

The Orchestra of Southern Utah presents
Fall Recital Series 2016
September 27
Sophisticated Ladies

(Poster design by Rollan Fell)


The Orchestra is excited to present Jackie Riddle-Jackson's recital featuring



West Winds Trio



West Winds Flute Trio was founded in March 2016 with OSU members Adrienne Read, Ariel Rhoades, and Brad Gregory. Sharing a love of flute and chamber music, West Winds performs in a variety of music styles often incorporating auxiliary flutes such as the alto flute and piccolo.  


Jazz Dectet



The Cedar Jazz Dectet is the newest jazz ensemble in town. Formed in the spring of 2015 by Bob Gordon and David Bolsover, it is a community-based ensemble that plays original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. To date, Bob and David have written all the charts (arrangements), but the band is a laboratory band, open also to charts written by community members. The band consists of alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones; two trumpets, two trombones; and piano, bass, and drums. It is somewhat smaller than the typical large jazz ensemble of 16 to 17 people. The dectet plays mostly tunes with a swing beat, but David and Bob intend to write charts with other grooves as well. Personnel is Tom Herb, David Bolsover, Waylay Hadlock, Christina Carrigan, Bob Gordon, Joe Palmer, Gary Player, Christian Bohnenstengel, Lydia Feild, and Sean Militscher.


Suzanne Tegland and Tamara Reber




When she isn’t teaching chemistry at SUU, Suzanne is just a musical girl. She’s a member of the women’s choir, In Jubilo, and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Suzanne is also no stranger to the orchestra pit – she has played for Cedar Valley Community Theatre’s productions of Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma! and Once Upon a Mattress, and conducted their productions of The King and I and Guys and Dolls. She also played in the pit for Utah Shakespeare Festival’s production of South Pacific last summer.
If she’s not singing or playing, Suzanne is usually still involved behind the scenes, where she serves on the Boards of Directors for both In Jubilo and OSU. She is the co-director of OSU’s annual Silver & Gold Soirée fundraiser.

Always up for a challenge, this Cedar City native keeps herself sharp by flawlessly reciting the alphabet backwards.


Tamara Reber is, first and foremost, a singer/performer. Except when she’s busy running her own business as a personal trainer, teaching voice lessons to various students, or working with her husband to take care of their *nine* children. 
After a long hiatus from the theater, Tamara returned to the stage last year in the coveted role of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and has since showcased her versatility in The Wedding Singer, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Once Upon a Mattress.
She is currently shooting a short film in Cedar City, and continually looks for new and exciting ways to share her passion for performing.



In Jubilo




In 2001, Jackie Riddle-Jackson and LuWenn Jones had a dream of starting a women’s chorus here in Cedar City. An LDS group of 12 women had prepared a Christmas concert for their local stake, and the following February several additional women joined the group to perform for a women’s conference. With the expertise of Jackie as the artistic director, the group began to grow from there. The winter of 2002 is the official beginning of In Jubilo. There are now approximately 60 women who dedicate their time to the chorale every season, with several who have been with the group since it began.

Not only has In Jubilo grown in numbers, but the group has also grown in musical sophistication and artistry. Each member is dedicated and willing to devote her time and effort to the betterment of the chorale. In the beginning days, concerts were performed in churches and other cozy settings before small audiences. Now, with the growth and presence of the group in the community, In Jubilo is able to invite much larger audiences to come enjoy their concerts in venues such as the Heritage Center Theater.

The group’s name, In Jubilo, means ‘of joy’ or ‘with joy’. They are very happy to be a part of the wonderful arts community in Cedar City, and look forward to many more exciting choral seasons to come.

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You're invited to join OSU in celebrating the musical legacy of June Thorley prior to the recital.

The First Thorley Legacy Award and Finale Fall Recital; Two Events, One Evening!
Written by Kristin Beauchamp-Butt

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is excited to announce its first Opening Gala on September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Festival Hall. The final recital in the Fall Recital Series, “Sophisticated Ladies,” immediately follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. Tickets to the Gala are available at a price of $8 at the recitals.  The suggested donation for the recital is $8 adults and $5 students.

The Opening Gala is a celebration to welcome in the next OSU season. Included in the festivities are dessert, mingling, and the presentation of the first Thorley Legacy Award.  The award, named after its first recipient June Thorley, is given in recognition of an individual’s dedication to music and the far-reaching influence their work has had on the local community.  Thorley has taught two generations of musicians, directed the Cedar High Orchestra, and played in the Messiah for 75 years with OSU.  She set the stage for the creation of the Orchestra of Southern Utah with community concerts and was a Founding Board Member.

Directed by Jackie Riddle-Jackson, “Sophisticated Ladies” features music impacted by women in a variety of ways. West Winds Trio will perform Arabesque by Claude Debussy and will also play Zephyrus and Psyche, an original composition by OSU musician Adrienne Read. West Winds Flute Trio was founded in March 2016 with OSU members Adrienne Read, Ariel Rhoades, and Brad Gregory. Sharing a love of flute and chamber music, West Winds performs in a variety of music styles often incorporating auxiliary flutes such as the alto flute and piccolo.

Tamara Reber and Suzanne Tegland will sing “Stepsisters’ Lament” from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel will accompany on piano. After a long hiatus to raise nine children and start her own business, Reber returned to the stage last year in the coveted role of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and has since showcased her versatility in The Wedding SingerCheaper by the Dozen, and Once Upon a Mattress. Tegland, a member of the women’s choir In Jubilo and the Orchestra of Southern Utah, has played for Cedar Valley Community Theatre’s productions of Hello, Dolly!Oklahoma!, and Once Upon a Mattress. She has also conducted productions of The King and I and Guys and Dolls.
The Cedar Jazz Dectet will perform three pieces: “Centerpiece” by Johnny Mandel arr. by Bob Gordon (another outstanding OSU musician), “Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington arr. by Bob Gordon, and “Whisper Not” by Benny Golson arr. by David Bolsover. The Cedar Jazz Dectet is a community-based ensemble that plays original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. The group includes Tom Herb, David Bolsover, Waylay Hadlock, Christina Carrigan, Bob Gordon, Joe Palmer, Gary Player, Christian Bohnenstengel, Lydia Feild, and Sean Militscher.

In 2001, Jackie Riddle-Jackson and LuWenn Jones had a dream of starting a women’s chorus here in Cedar City. Started with 12 women and the talents of Jackie Riddle Jackson, the group continues to grow. There are now approximately 60 women who dedicate their time to the chorale every season, with several who have been with the group since it began.

Not only has In Jubilo grown in numbers, but the group has also grown in musical sophistication and artistry. Each member is dedicated and willing to devote her time and effort to the betterment of the chorale. In the beginning days, concerts were performed in churches and other cozy settings before small audiences. Now, with the growth and presence of the group in the community, In Jubilo is able to invite much larger audiences to come enjoy their concerts in venues such as the Heritage Center Theater.

The group’s name, In Jubilo, means ‘of joy’ or ‘with joy’. They are very happy to be a part of the wonderful arts community in Cedar City, and look forward to many more exciting choral seasons to come.

The OSU full symphony concert season begins on Oct. 13 with American Legacy. For more information, please visit www.myosu.org, call the Orchestra of Southern Utah at (435) 233-8213, or email osucedarcity@gmail.com.











Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Recitals - September 20

The Orchestra of Southern Utah presents

Fall Recital Series 2016 September 20th

Tales from the Musical Side

Directed by Sally Hunter Jensen

(Poster design by Rollan Fell)

The Orchestra of Southern Utah, under the direction of Sally Hunter Jensen, presents the third of four annual fall recitals! A group of musical storytellers are scheduled to perform, "Tales From the Musical Side," Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm on stage in the Heritage Theater.


Sally Hunter Jensen

"The hand selected musicians for my evening are varied, studied and excited to hone their craft as they weave their stories right before your vary ears," states Jensen who urges the town to attend, support OSU and to be thoroughly entertained for a small suggested donation of $8 for adults and $5 for students.  Sally Hunter Jensen has performed in the OSU recitals for many years and will be narrating the recital.


Julia Tawa comes from a family of musicians and performers.  It wasn't until college, nearly four years ago, she really felt the urge to explore her knack for song-writing and singing.  Her musical style ranges from soulful to operatic to bluesy.  Improvising the majority of her performances, she thrives on the experience of singing 'in the moment'.  Her unique and minimalistic style often creates songs that can't be performed in the same way twice.


Brad Gregory is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and moved to Cedar City in July 2014 to accept a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at Southern Utah University.  Prior to his relocation, Brad taught at Anderson University in South Carolina from 2012 to 2014.  He obtained his B.A. in Psychology from NC State University, M.A. in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina (Go Tarheels!), and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from NC State University in 2011.  

Primarily an oboist, Brad currently holds the Principal Oboe position with the Orchestra of Southern Utah, and has previously performed with the Raleigh Symphony and Raleigh Civic Symphony on oboe and English horn. 

"Earth", written by Takatsugu Muramatsu for flute and piano, revolves around a soaring melody line which, despite changes in key and rhythm changes throughout, is present in various forms throughout the piece.  Beginning slowly and with great sonority, the theme emerges as new layers of accompaniment from the piano begin to unfold underneath which serve to drive the melodic flight upward.  For the first half of the piece, "Earth" quickly increases in speed and intensity as the flute soars into higher and higher realms to restate the powerful main theme.  As the pace continues to quicken, the flute switches from the sonorous theme to a playful, lilting melody which - despite what the ear would have you believe - is patterned after the same main theme, now played in an entirely new rhythm.  As the tempo soon reaches an all-time high, and as the flute ascends to join the piano an emphatic pinnacle of intensity, the melody instantly disappears and the piano takes center stage to rein in the heightened energy.  These slow, measured, almost ominous chords quickly reset the momentum, paving the way for the flute to emerge as it re-establishes the resonant main theme.  From here, the melody quickly builds until the last key change yields one final restatement of the theme in a culmination of soaring ascendancy from both musicians.  The piece finishes with a slow, haunting echo of a segment of the theme before fading away into a quiet, calm, definitive resolution.  Reminiscent in places of Lord of the Rings, "Earth" by Takatsugu Muramatsu emerges as a resounding, reverberant melody that seems to soar high above the ground!

As a founding member of the West Winds (a flute trio based here in Cedar City), Brad is excited to perform both as a soloist as well as a trio member throughout the area.  This is Brad's first public performance of "Earth" and hopes you enjoy is as much as he enjoys performing it for you!
Tracey Bradshaw received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University, where she was the recipient of the prestigious E. Mona Smith scholarship in piano performance.  She accompanied the BYU Singers for three years and toured with the group through Europe and the Middle East. Professionally, Ms. Bradshaw has accompanied numerous instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs, including the Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has taught piano previously at Southern Utah University, Dixie College, and Southern Virginia University.  Currently, she is a staff accompanist at Southern Utah University and works as a music engraver.






The Southern Utah String Quartet joins with Dr. Roland Stearns on guitar for the first movement of the Guitar Quintette C Major G.453, composed  in 1798, when Luigi Boccherini was around 55 years old.  The prolific composer was born in Italy, studied cello in Rome, and spent his later life in Spain.  His compositions elevated the cello and viola to equal melodic status with the violins.
Roland Stearns, comes from a family of guitarists, singers, and pianists. He has studied in Madrid, Spain, and later, at the Salzburg, Austria. He completed his doctoral work under the widely respected performer and pedagogue, James Bogle (1940-2013), and has taught at a number of American colleges and universities, currently at SUU.

Stearns' broader interest in early music stems both from family, experiences in Europe, and in extensive collaborative work with noted American luthier, Eric Sahlin, to produce both modern and historic instruments. He headed the University of Alaska-Anchorage guitar program before moving to southern Utah.  He continues to further his life long research into a newer technical approach to modern guitar that seeks to improve student awareness of - and capacities for - reconciling the very different approaches among various historical lute techniques and those of modern guitar.

The Southern Utah Quartet musicians are members of the Orchestra of Southern Utah, active teachers, and have performed in countless community events for nearly 30 years.  Sara Penny and Suzanne Stewart on violin, Leah Brown on cello, and welcoming Shaylin Clark on viola for this season.




Sandi Milne has been a singer, songwriter, actor and educator for over 30 years. As a singer she has worked with a variety of popular LA bands and released a solo album of originals, (which can be found on iTunes). As an actor she was a founding member of the famous LA based theatre company THE OPEN FIST where she performed in multiple productions, staged managed for THE EVIDENCE ROOM, performed the one-woman hit MY MATISSE at the famed COHO THEATRE in Portland Oregon and in film performed in the upcoming YA feature LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS (with Graham Rogers, Billy Crudup and Tim Roth) and starred in the feature thriller NURSERY RYME. As an educator Ms. Milne has taught music and theatre to scores of children in both private and school settings and has done groundbreaking work using music with children of special needs.


The "Z" Train is an eclectic group of local musicians that just love to get together and make music. They play a variety of genres that include jazz, blues and pop. They feature Kelsea Burton on vocals, Austin Clark on trumpet, Waylon Hadlock on sax, Trevor Walker on keys, Hayden Clark on guitar, Trekker Burt on bass, and Carylee Zwang on drums.




Bill Brough is a 1982 graduate of Southern Utah State College, whose interest in playing guitar and writing songs began when he was 15. At the age of 17 he wrote and staged a musical version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City. Following an LDS mission to France he connected with Sally Hunter at SUSC, and they performed locally as Billy & Sally. As a student he also composed a cantata, “Passion Play,” that was performed by the combined choirs and orchestra of SUSC. Following graduation, Bill pursued a career as a songwriter in Los Angeles, where he worked for a time in the Stevie Wonder organization, before returning to school for his MBA. He currently owns and operates Bottom Line Bookkeeping & Tax Service in Sandy, Utah while still writing, recording and performing music. In 2014 Billy & Sally reunited for a number of performances throughout Utah, including a set at Groovefest in Cedar City, and at the OSU recitals that year.



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Broadway Legacy Fall Recital- September 13

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 13, 2016
Broadway Legacy
Directed by Suzanne Tegland
Celebrate the history and legacy of musical theater with an evening of songs from the Great White Way. These are amazing performers. 

Vanessa Hunt

Vanessa Hunt is a native of Price, Utah, but when she moved to Cedar City six years ago, she decided she never wanted to leave. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2012 from Southern Utah University, Vanessa began working as the lead editor for a locally based magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys all things art. As an active member of the Cedar Valley Community Theatre, Vanessa has had the pleasure to act in two productions, "The King and I" and "The Wedding Singer." She also currently serves as the Secretary for the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. 


Rosyn Greenhalgh

Jack Vickers

Halle Vickers
Roslyn Greenhalgh, Halle Vickers, and Jack Vickers have been friends since before they could walk. They've been singing and playing music almost as long, including performances with the Utah Shakespeare Festival Playmakers. Their parents are Steve & Summer Greenhalgh and Robbie & Elaine Vickers.


Accidental 5 Brass Quintet started as a group of five SUU students and friends getting together to be able to musically stay in shape during the summer of 2008, and quickly evolved into a musical group. Over the years it has turned into a community group, with past members being Cedar High students, SUU students, and members of the Cedar City community. Past performances include children's concerts, a "Classical" concert, annual Christmas concerts, and various other performances throughout the year. Accidental 5 is a versatile quintet playing a very broad range of music in the Cedar City community.

Trevor and Cassie Walker


Cassie & Trevor Walker are avid theater lovers, and are heavily involved in the theater community. Cassie teaches drama at Three Peaks Elementary School. Trevor teaches music at Parowan High School and musically directs for the drama program there. They have a 7-month-old daughter who likes to serenade them at three o'clock in the morning.

Tamara Reber


Tamara Reber is, first and foremost, a singer/performer. Except when she’s busy running her own business as a personal trainer, teaching voice lessons to various students, or working with her husband to take care of their *nine* children. 
After a long hiatus from the theater, Tamara returned to the stage last year in the coveted role of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and has since showcased her versatility in The Wedding Singer, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Once Upon a Mattress.
She is currently shooting a short film in Cedar City, and continually looks for new and exciting ways to share her passion for performing.

Jones sisters
Gillian & Savannah Jones are sisters who love musical theater. Both started performing at a young age, and currently participate with Cedar Valley Community Theatre. They have also performed previously with the Parowan Community Theatre.

Heather Allen
Heather Allen is an SUU business management major with three lovely kids, a dog, and a pet chicken named George. Heather is also owner of local Cedar City restaurant Sonny Boy’s Barbecue. In her spare time she enjoys singing and acting. Favorite roles she’s played are Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Doo-Wop in Little Shop of Horrors.

Noel Perry
Noel Perry is currently pursuing a Theatre Education major at Southern Utah University. She has performed in all kinds of settings – from community to professional – and loves performing anywhere. This past summer, Noel worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival as a teaching artist and summer camp coordinator.

Christian Bohnenstengel
Christian Bohnenstengel feels equally at home in a wide range of musical genres. He was recently featured as soloist and conductor in Mozart's Concerto in F Major for Three Pianos, as pianist in the musical Chicago and as arranger and continuo player in a concert version of Jean Baptiste Lully's Phaëton. His avid interest in jazz music has led to collaborations with saxophone player Tom Herb and German trumpet player Christian Eberhard during the past year. Praised as "...a master of contrasts..." (Aalener Nachrichten) and for his ability to "...put the audience into a state of sheer awe..." (Gmünder Tagespost), Christian has concertized on three continents, including recitals with flutists John Bailey and Javier Montilla in Venezuela and various solo and chamber music performances at the annual Sommernachtsmusik in Mögglingen, Germany. 

Christian received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in piano performance from Missouri Western State University. He received Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teachers included Jerry Anderson and Mark Clinton, piano, and Quentin Faulkner, harpsichord and organ. He received UNL Hixson-Lied travel grants to study and perform at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague and to study with Christoph Lieske at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg. He also studied in master class settings with Rita Sloan, Blanca Uribe, Ann Schein, and Murray Perahia, among others. Christian is currently teaching at Southern Utah University. He has previously taught at UNL and Doane College.


Tom Herb


Dr. Tom Herb is an instrumental music education specialist with over two decades of experience. His background includes ten years as a middle school/high school band director, and more than ten years of directing college level ensembles. Additionally, Dr. Herb has led music teacher preparation programs for over 10 years. He is also a published author of music education books, including his Teaching Improvisation ... in Concert Band?!? and is published in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series.
As an active and well-rounded saxophonist, Dr. Herb performs equally well in classical and jazz idioms. He is a co-founder of the SUU Faculty Jazz Group called Kind Of Blue. His classical saxophone skills won him membership in two AFM organizations (California Wind Orchestra and Quincy Park Band) and additional notable orchestral performances including solos and section work with the Quincy Symphony and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Dr. Herb has also performed regularly with the Mississippi Valley Saxophone Quartet, the Illinois Missouri Swing Machine, Ben Bumbry and the Messengers, and the Bullis Rutter Big Band. In the Cedar City area, Dr. Herb can be found performing on SUU Faculty Recitals, Bon Appétit Recitals, the Satellite Salon Series, the OSU Recital Series, and the Southern Utah Rebel Dance Band.