Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Scintillating Storm of Song

By Bryce Christensen

Intent on drawing a richer, fuller sound from the instrumentalists playing under his baton, the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini would often exhort them during rehearsals, “Cantare!  Cantare!”  (“Sing! Sing!”)  The metaphoric aptness of the maestro’s exhortation was never more evident than during the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s October 11th concert, when instruments of all kinds truly did sing, and did so as the perfect complement to the music of three marvelous choral ensembles, who with their own vocal cords made amply manifest in Cedar City’s Heritage Center the reason for Toscanini’s earnest pleading: “Cantare!  Cantare!” 

Welcoming the audience to the concert devoted to the theme “Stormy Highlights,” OSU President Harold Shirley reminded listeners that the fiercest storms are often those that rage not in the external elements but rather in our own hearts and minds.  Nothing, he remarked, does more than songs to sustain us through such internal tempests. 

The truth of Shirley’s words became manifest with the first notes sung by the Master Singers, Cedar City’s all-male chorale under the direction of Allan Lee.  With their first number “Stormy Weather” (written by Joseph Waddell Clokey, arranged by Caroleen Lee), the Master Singers’ voices transported listeners to a realm of emotional turbulence--and musical solace.  Accompanied by Caroleen Lee at the keyboard, the choir fused inner turmoil with harmonic comfort in the haunting chant of a soul seeking the residual meaning that persists when the joys of summer-like warm relationship disappear in the frigid snows of winter-like abandonment.  

The metaphoric significance of weather manifested itself again in the Master Singers’ second number: Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather.”  Reflecting its Cotton Club origins, this moody number (arranged by Hal Campbell) voices the misery of a woman experiencing a personal rainstorm because her lover has gone away.  With Danny Hansen as the accompanist for this number, the choir rendered the jazz harmonies and teary syncopation that make a great blues number at once woeful and beautiful. 

After the Master Singers concluded their second selection, the Red Rock Singers took to the stage to extend the concert’s foray into the emotions and melodies incubated by stormy weather.  In their first number, “Rainsong” by Houston Bright, this choir (under the direction of Keith Bradshaw) expressed the melancholy gloom of one mourning the loss of a loved one, experienced as a downpour of  “raindrops falling from a sodden sky.”  With Tracey Bradshaw accompanying at the piano, the vocalists in this ensemble powerfully conveyed the dark burden of this plangent number. 
As their second number, the Red Rock rose above the winds and clouds creating terrestrial storms to visit the moon, an orb long relied on by romantics to enlighten and lift them above ominous storms. Expressing a hopeful outlook on our sublunary experiences, choir members rendered this lovely song with a tenderness of nuance, so creating the perfect backdrop for soprano Marlo Ihler’s heart-piercingly beautiful solo, lyrical and poignant. 

As the third chorale of the concert, the all-female In Jubilo swept the audience into the tragedy of a storm caused by a lack of storms—namely, the human storm of drought-induced starvation.  Listeners felt the force of this terrible storm of continental proportion in In Jubilo’s first number, “Famine Song,” written by the four-woman group known as VIDA and arranged by Matthew Culloton.  Under the direction of Jackie Riddle-Jackson with Teresa Redd accompanying on the piano, the choir conveyed the profoundest human pathos as they voiced the earnest pleadings of an acutely distressed community of Sudanese basket-weavers pleading for the lives of loved ones threatened by extreme hunger in horribly parched Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The tone shifted when In Jubilo performed their second number, “High Flight.” Karen Linford Robinson’s musical arrangement of a famous poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.,”High Flight” distills the most exalted moment in the life of  an American pilot who flew for the Royal Canadian Air Force until his tragic death in 1941.  Capturing the pilot’s exultant feeling upon completing a high-altitude test flight, the lyrics of this empyreal song—sublimely rendered by the choir—lifted listeners above clouds and storms, up to the very presence of the Divine. 

In their final number, “The Poet Sings” by Randall Stroope, In Jubilo again took flight, soaring above ugly and destructive storms of life not on an airplane’s wings but rather through a poet’s visionary aspirations.  In notes of sincere yearning for a better world, the choir sang of all that future generations might become if inspired by radiant dreams expressed by brave voices.

As an amusing change of pace, the last number before the intermission brought all three choirs together (under the direction of Jackie Riddle-Jackson) for a facetious break from serious and storm-focused solemnity.   In singing Henry Mollicone’s playful “National Weather Forecast,”  the four score singers from the three ensembles joined in a delightful send-up of the quasi-scientific ritual of weather forecasting.   Their mischievous parody hilariously culminated in a mock paean of praise for California’s mild and sunny weather, free from the storms that fill skies elsewhere.  With all of the singers quickly donning sunglasses for the final measures, this puckish number left listeners chuckling at intermission.    

Far from California, storm clouds gathered again after intermission for Tchaikovsky’s tempestuous “Storm Overture.”  Performed not by a chorus but by the instrumentalists of the Orchestra of Southern Utah, this magnificent composition reminded listeners that Toscanini is not the only conductor who can draw song from an orchestra.  With the passion that has become his much-beloved trademark, OSU director Xun Sun led the orchestra in an instrumental song weaving the voices of strings, brass, reeds, and percussion in an irresistible outpouring, electric with all of the energy of a summer squall.  Beginning with the deep brooding of a storm in gestation, this number repeatedly erupts with the blinding brilliance of lightening, the awe-inspiring crash of thunder.  As the warring elements relax, the orchestra subdues its song in tranquil and pacific interludes, only to break forth again with majestic violence.  The amazed audience could only marvel that this particular Tchaikovsky number has received relatively  little attention and give thanks that it did so on this particular storm-and-song filled night.

For its second number, the orchestra tuned its many voices to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, a work based on a ballad by Goethe and made famous through its cinema dramatization in Walt Disney’s Fantasia.  But as this number unfolded the story of a hapless apprentice who unwittingly lets loose a great storm of untethered magic, the audience realizes this is no Mickey Mouse challenge for the orchestral voices tasked with singing its musical narrative.  Just ask the bassoon section, who ably carried a challenging thematic solo through a key passage of the work!  But praise for the musical achievement of playing this number belongs to more than the bassoonists: the entire orchestra—drums, horns, strings, and reeds—sang their parts at perfect pitch and tempo even as that tempo tightened as the apprentice’s misappropriated spell spun completely out of control.  Indeed, the very loss of control that unleashes a flood when the apprentice’s enchanted broom and bucket run amuck demands ever-more complete control by the musicians blending their instrumental voices to sing the increasingly frenetic musical story.   Under Sun’s ever-poised baton, the OSU musicians achieved and maintained that difficult degree of control.

The orchestra melded their instrumental singing in a final number perhaps even more intensely difficult: “Lion Dance” by Yiping Wang, which plunged the audience into the maelstrom of intense human activity requisite to enact the mysterious Middle Kingdom’s traditional mimicry of the wild pouncing of the world’s fiercest predator.  Believed to bring good fortune to those who perform and behold it, the musical version of this stormy dance mesmerized listeners with its Tarantella-like cadence, sustained first by oboe, then viola, then clarinet, then French horn, then trumpet in a tense interplay of piquantly contrasting instrumental songs. The sheer pleasure of hearing this marvelous interplay convinced those in the audience that this Lion Dance had indeed ushered in good fortune--to them as listeners.  

After a day and evening of showers, the night skies were clear over the Heritage Center as concert-goers departed.  But all were very grateful for the musical storms that had swept its stage, and for the songs--vocal and instrumental--that conveyed all the revivifying power of those storms.  Those in attendance also appreciated the Recreation Arts and Parks tax which had underwritten the concert, so allowing area music lovers of limited means to share in that refreshing power.   The abiding attraction of an orchestra ever ready to sing whether it be about storms or some other theme amply ensures that most of those in the audience this night will be back for the “Timeless Drama” of OSU’s November concert.  

Combined choirs

OSU President Harold Shirley introduces the music.

Orchestra of Southern Utah by Gia Miller.

Friday, October 5, 2018

"Stormy Highlights" Opens Orchestra Concert Season

            “There is peace even in the storm,” said Vincent Van Gogh. The Orchestra of Southern Utah is set to explore the excitement and drama of musical storms on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center complete with three community choirs: Red Rock Singers, Master Singers Men’s Chorus, and In Jubilo (A Women’s Chorale).

Choral works open the beginning of this exciting concert and feature songs showcasing the textures, emotions and stories inspired by stormy weather.

The Master Singers will perform a classic American song “Stormy Weather” by Harold Arlen and arranged by Hal Campbell.  The “Snow Legend” by American composer Joseph Clokey is based on a text by Anna Temple and arranged by Caroleen Lee.  Alan Lee directs the Master Singers with Danny Hansen as pianist.

            Red Rock Singers will perform “Rainsong” by Houston Bright and “The Wisdom of the Moon” by Susan La Barr.  The local choir is directed by Keith Bradshaw with Tracey Bradshaw as pianist.

            In Jubilo sings a dramatic “Famine Song” composed by Vida and “The Poet Sings” by Stroope.  Take a journey with “High Flight” as it recaptures a test flight from 1941 in poetry by John Magee. It is one of the most famous aviation poems ever written.  Jackie Riddle-Jackson serves as In Jubilo director.  Teresa Redd serves as pianist.

             Jackie Riddle Jackson brings these dynamic choirs together to join voices and sing the “National Weather Forecast” by Henry Mollicone a piece that is sure to entertain.
The Orchestra of Southern Utah will be performing the second half under the direction of Xun Sun opening with the familiar Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas. Based on a poem by Goethe and popularized with Mickey Mouse, this is a musical adventure complete with crashing percussion and exacting woodwind passages. OSU also performs the dramatic Storm Overture by Tchaikovsky inspired by a play written in 1864. The composer was just 24 years old when he wrote it and this early work portends the dramatic orchestrations yet to come that we are so familiar with.  The final orchestra piece is a Lion Dance by Yiping Wang. For thousands of years the Chinese have performed the Lion Dance for auspicious occasions, with the powerful lion chasing away evil and bringing good fortune. Enjoy the colors and pulsing rhythms depicted in this traditional Chinese piece.

Major sponsors for this concert is the RAP Fund for Recreation, Arts and Parks through Cedar City.  “OSU thanks all financial supporters for making it possible for us to present live music,” said Rebekah Hughes, OSU Manager.

The Concert takes place on October 11 at the Heritage Center (105 North 100 East, Cedar City) begins at 7:30 pm.  Children over 6 are welcome with adult supervision. No babies please as the concert is recorded. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Season Tickets (Soiree Included) cost $45. Tickets are available now by either phone (435-592-6051) or by purchase at Heritage Center/Festival Hall.


October 11, 2017: Stormy Highlights by OSU at 7:30 pm
Heritage Theater: 105 N 100 E
Tickets- $12 Adults and $6 Students. Groups up to 6 $40.

More information:
Rebekah Hughes
Phone: (435) 592-6051

(poster design by Rollan Fell of the Print Shoppe)

Listening previews:  Click here to hear some of the music.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fall Recital Finale on Sept. 25: Lines of Lineage

OSU September 25th Recital Themed “Lines of Lineage”
By Tanisa Crosby

            This September has been a success of talent and good music, as the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s Recital Series draws to a close.    The last Tuesday Recital will take place on September 25th, at 7:30 p.m. at the new location 21eleven (located on 2111 North Main),
            The theme for this evening is “Lines of Lineage” and the music will be structured around look back at ancestry.  The recital will begin with the group In Jubilo, a Women’s Chorus group.  In 2001, Jackie Riddle-Jackson had a dream of starting a group for women to sing together in Cedar City.  The group began in 2002, with 12 members and has since grown to include approximately 60 women.  The group is a leader among community based women’s choirs in Utah.  “In Jubilo is known for adventurous programing and a consistently high standard of performance”, says Riddle-Jackson, conductor of the chorus group.  “We’re teenagers and elders; artists, engineers, retirees, grad students and mothers.  Some of us are lifelong or professional musicians; for others, this is the first opportunity since college to sing with a women’s chorus.”  They will be accompanied by pianist Teresa Redd and will be sing songs such as Lineage by Andrea Ramsey and Shake the Papaya Down, arr. Melissa Leavitt
            Following In Jubilo will be Cellist Nina Hansen.  Nina Hansen recently returned to Cedar City after living in Chengdu, China for two years teaching English, music, art, and American Culture in schools throughout the area.  Cedar became home back in 1983 where she began her teaching career at Cedar Middle School.  Nina studied cello from the late Roger Drinkall, Daniel Gaisford, Jim Hardy, and Ellen Bridger.  She will be performing “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserable and “Colors of the Wind” from Walt Disney’s Pocahontas by Alan Menken and will be joined for Tina Calamity, who will be playing drum, and accompanied by Teresa Redd.
            Bonnie Nielson, soprano, will also perform a selection of pieces during the concert.  She is a singer and actor who studied music at Snow College and is currently studying theatre at SUU.  She will perform Scarlett Ribbons by Harry Belafonte and Tell My Father by Frank Wildhorn.  She will also perform Danny Boy Arr. Weatherly. She will be accompanied by Jana Dettamanti.  Violinist Lindsey Szczesny will perform Concerto in D Major, 2nd Movement by Tchaikovsky and will be accompanied by Brian Chan, a new SUU accompanist.
            Recitals take place every Tuesday in September @ 7:30 p.m. at 21eleven (2111 North Main).  Suggested donation is 8 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information contact OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435)592-6051 or
For Calendars:
Every Tuesday in September at 7:30 pm
21eleven:  2111 N. Main
Suggested Donation- $8 Adults and $5 Students.

More information: (435) 592-6051 or

Program for OSU Recital Series
September 25th 2018
“Lines of Lineage”

Lineage……………Andrea Ramsey
Shake the Papaya Down………….Arr. Melissa Leavitt
In Jubilo
 Teresa Redd, Pianist

Colors of the Wind……….Alan Menken, Lyrics Stephen Schwartz         Walt Disney’s  Pocahontas
Nina Hansen,  Cello
Tina Calamity, Drum
Teresa Redd, Pianist

Scarlett Ribbons………Harry Belafonte
Tell My Father…………Frank Wildhorn
Bonnie Nielsen, Soprano
Jana Dettamanti, Pianist

Concerto in D Major, 2nd movement
Canzonetta by Tchaikovsky
Lindsey Szczesny, Violin
Brian Chan, Pianist

Bring Him Home………………Claude-Michael Schonberg
Nina Hansen, Cello
Teresa Redd, Pianist

High Flight……Karen Linford Robinson
Poem by, Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr,
In Jubilo
Teresa, Pianist
Danny Boy……….Arr. Weatherly, The Celtic Women
Bonnie Nielson, Soprano
Pianist, Jana Dettamanti

Will the Circle Be Unbroken……….Traditional Appalachian
In Jubilo
Pianist, Teresa Redd

More information on performers:
Bonnie Nielson
Bonnie Nielson is a singer and an actor. She studied music at SNOW College and is currently studying Theatre at SUU.  Bonnie has performed with groups and as a soloist across the country. Bonnie Believes that because of music nobody is alone. We are all notes in one big coloratura; wholes, halves, quarter notes. Music connects us with people we know and people we don’t. It connects us to our loved ones who have passed and those who will be, it celebrates our lineage.  

In Jubilo

In Jubilo provides community service through singing

In Jubilo
In 2001, Jackie Riddle-Jackson and LuWenn Jones had a dream of starting a women’s chorus here in Cedar City, UT. For Christmas that year, a local LDS group of 12 women had prepared a concert for their local Stake, and then the following February, several additional women joined the group to perform for a women’s conference. With the expertise of Jackie as the music director, the group began to grow from there. 

The winter of 2002 was 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.  

In Jubilo is a leader among community-based women’s choruses in Utah; known for adventurous programming and a consistently high standard of performance. Our performances reveal the beautifully blended sound of an all-female chorus as an instrument in its own right, whose repertoire provides a deeply satisfying and complete musical experience for performers and audience alike.

We’re teenagers and elders; artists, engineers, retirees, grad students and mothers. Some of us are lifelong or professional musicians; for others, In Jubilo has provided the first opportunity since college to sing with a women’s chorus. What we have in common is our love of singing, our joy in one another’s company, and our dedication to sharing our unique repertoire with the public.

In Jubilo’s name means ‘of joy’ or ‘with joy’, and it is a most apt name; as they bring joy to everyone who hears their music. The ladies of In Jubilo 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.

Nina Hansen, OSU cellist

Nina performing at Artisans during a Final Friday Art Walk

Nina Hansen
1. Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg   Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil  Arranged by Al van der beek, jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson.   (I chose this for lines of lineage because I feel we are all trying to bring somebody home by doing our family history and I played it for my dad's funeral. 
2. Colors of the Wind from Walt Disney's Pocahontas. Music by Alan Menken  Lyrics by stephen Schwartz.    I chose this even though it is a little cheesy because  my 13th great grandmother on my mothers side was a cousin to Pocohontas. She was from the Powhatan tribe. I always hoped I had some native American in me and this connection was just recently discovered by my mother. The relation comes from her Paternal Grandmother. 
Teresa Redd will be my accompanist with Tina Calamity on Native American flute.

Bio: Nina Hansen recently returned to Cedar City after 2 years living in Chengdu, China where she taught English, music, art and American Culture in schools throughout Chengdu.  She is the Director of ESL Summer camps in Cedar City and teaches cello at SUU. Nina is the Principal Cellist for the Orchestra of Southern Utah and runs a private cello studio in her home. Cedar City became home to Nina in 1983 where she began her teaching career at Cedar Middle School (now a parking lot) as the Iron County Swimming teacher, diving coach and teaching 8th grade Health. Nina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education/Health, received her Masters of Education at SUU and is certified in TESOL. She is the mother of two boys and one daughter in law. Family, cello, the arts, nature, sports and natural health are her passions. Nina has studied cello with the late Roger Drinkall, Daniel Gaisford, Jim Hardy and Ellen Bridger. 

Lindsay Fife Szczesny grew up in Enoch, Utah as a young violinist in the Cedar City Suzuki Strings program. Her parents, Boyd and Carol Fife, supported her growth as a young musician throughout childhood and into college. In 2003, Lindsay graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Music Education and has gone on to teach private violin and viola lessons since then. She directs the Suzuki Strings orchestra and plays in the Orchestra of Southern Utah and Southern Utah String Quartet. She is currently the treasurer for the Cedar City Arts Council and is earning a Business Certificate at Southwest Applied Technical College. Lindsay, an avid hiker, is married to Stan Szczesny and they have five children.

Solo Auditions for Handel's Messiah on Sept. 27

Orchestra of Southern Utah Announces Messiah Soloist Auditions
By Tanisa Crosby
       On September 27th at 6:00 pm in the grand lobby of the Heritage Center, 105 N 100 E in Cedar City, Utah (located behind Lins), the Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU) is excited to announce that they will be holding soloist auditions for the 2018 Messiah concert.  The Orchestra and Chorale tradition in the Cedar City performing this cherished work is a holiday event that is held dear within the community and amongst OSU and its members. To perform alongside the Orchestra as a featured soloist in this renowned work is an opportunity not to be missed.
The Orchestra will be looking for talented vocalists, those soloists who would like to be considered should be prepared to sing one full aria or air from Messiah, and  sixteen bars of other piece[s] they wish to be considered for. This will be a juried audition; a panel of judges will listen and adjudicate all those auditioning. Soloists will  be heard between the hours of 6 – 8:00 pm on Thursday September 27th. Piano accompanist will be available to play for all those who are auditioning. No audition appointment is needed.
Messiah chorale rehearsals will begin on October 14th from 7-9 pm at the Rock Church, located on 75 E Center Street.  They will be held every Sunday, including Thanksgiving weekend. Soloists are expected to also sing with the Chorale. The Messiah score that we use is the Novello version. If you don't have one, you can purchase one at Cedar Music Store. Please invite new people to come participate. 
For more information on what pieces to prepare for the audition please visit  For questions about auditions please contact Jackie Riddle-Jackson, or  Southern Utah Chorale <>
Sponsors for this community concert are State Bank of Southern Utah and the Leavitt Group.

Solo repertoire for this season:
5 Thus Saith the Lord, Recitative (Bass/Baritone)
6 But Who May Abide, Air (Bass/Baritone)
8 Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive, Recitative (Alto)
14 There were Shepherds, And Lo! The Angel of the Lord, Recitative (Soprano)
15 And the Angel said unto Them, Recitative (Soprano)
16 And Suddenly, Recitative (Soprano)
18 Rejoice Greatly, Air (Soprano)
19 Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind, Recitative (Alto)
20 He Shall Feed His Flock, Air (Alto)
23 He Was Despised, with cut, Air (Alto)
31 He Was Cut Off Out of the Land of the Living, Recitative (Tenor)
32 But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul in Hell, Air (Tenor)
34 Unto Which of the Angels, Recitative (Tenor)
36 Thou Art Gone Up On High, Air (Bass/Baritone)
47 Behold, I Tell you a Mystery, Recitative (Bass/Baritone)
48 The Trumpet Shall Sound, Air, (Bass/Baritone & Trumpet)
49 Then Shall Be Brought to Pass, Recitative, (Alto)
50 O Death, Where is Thy Sting, Duet, (Alto/Tenor)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

"Musical Menu" Recital on Sept. 18

Musical Treats for September 18th Recital
By Tanisa Crosby
            The Recital Series is a long running tradition with the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  On September 18th, at 7:30 p.m. music ranges from ragtime and musicals to jazz at the new location 21eleven (located on 2111 North Main), with another set of talent will perform for the evening.
            Before the recital, at 6 p.m., The Knights of Columbus will be offering a pre-recital supper.  Reservations for this dinner can be made by calling OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes (435-592-6051) by Sept. 17th so they can plan accordingly or email  The supper will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, beans, and chips.  The cost will be $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.  Beverages will be available at 21eleven venue.
            The Musical Menu recital starts at 7:30 pm with the Southern Utah String Quartet, who has provided community music for twenty-six years.  Lindsay Szczesny and Suzanne Stewart will be on violin, Leah Brown on cello, and Sara Penny on viola.  All of them are active string teachers and perform with the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  They will be playing The Prayer by Foster and Sager and Pineapple Rag by Scott Joplin.
            Joseph Costello, guitarist, will then perform Op. 51 No. 1 Barcarolle & No. 3 Rondoletto by Napoleon Coste. He received his first guitar at the age of 13 and taught himself to read from a method book and played bass in his high school band.  He went on to study guitar and has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy from Arizona State.  Retired from the Army he now teaches music at Milford High School. 
Cedar City native Julia Tawa presents an original song, Smooth Gold as well as a piece by Bob Marley. She sings and plays guitar now, but has also performed extensively as a dancer.
            Cedar Music Children’s Chorus will perform a selection of pieces about food, including a piece from the musical Oliver entitled “Food, Glorious Food”.  They are under the direction of Jolene Heit of Cedar Music Stores and Studios. 
They will be followed by the MB3 Jazz Quartet , featuring David Bolsover on Saxophone, Christian Bohnenstengel on piano, Trekker Burt on electric bass, and Shawn Owens on drums.  They will be performing pieces by Horace Silver, Sister Sadie and Peace, and a piece by Dizzy Gillespie and Manteca by Luciano Pozo.
            The evening will commence with a performance by Sally Hunter (vocalist) and Harry Taylor (piano).  They will perform Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and I’ll Be Seeing You.  Jensen is a proud Cedar City native and business owner of The Wizz, a retail store.  She is in the graduate of Southern Utah University in the Arts Administration Program.  Taylor is a popular pianist and leads the Color Country Winds.  He has extensive experience performing with church and community groups.
            These recitals take place every Tuesday in September at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for students.  For more information contact OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435)592-6051 or
Suggested Donation- $8 Adults and $5 Students.

More information: (435) 592-6051 or

September 18, 2018    Musical Menu

The Prayer  ………..Foster and Sager                                                              
Pineapple Rag  …………Scott Joplin    
Southern Utah String Quartet        
Op. 51 No. 1 Barcarolle & No. 3 Rondoletto ………Napoleon Coste (1805-1883)
Joseph Costello, guitar
War.………  Bob Marley and the Wailers
Smooth Gold…. Julia Tawa
Julia Tawa, vocal and guitar                                        

His Cheeseburger by Nawrocki and  Heinecke
On Top of Spaghetti by Tom Glazier
Food, Glorious Food from Oliver by Lionel Bart
Cedar Music Children’s Chorus

Sister Sadie …..Horace Silver
Peace…..Horace Silver
Manteca…..Dizzy Gillespie and Luciano Pozo
       MB3 Jazz Quartet
       David Bolsover, saxophones; Christian Bohnenstengel, piano; Trekker Burt, electric bass; Shawn Owens, drums 

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
I’ll Be Seeing You
      Sally Hunter, vocal
      Harry Taylor, piano


Joseph Costello 

At age 13 he received his first guitar. He taught himself to read from a method book and played bass in a high school band (Hanau American High School, Germany). At the age of 18, on his senior trip he went to Spain and a friend bought him a Spanish (classical) guitar. With another method book he began to dabble with this new instrument. At age 20 he was encouraged to study the instrument with greater intensity. It was during this time that he fell in love with 19th century guitar music and developed a desire to learn more about music, so he moved from Germany to Cedar City, Utah and was accepted into the Southern Utah State College as music student. However there was not a classical guitar teacher, and so ultimately he ended up with a general music degree and took private lessons from Todd Woodbury in Salt Lake City, Utah. Still Joseph studied method books on his own. In 1990 He was accepted to the Arizona State University and for the first time took weekly private lessons from the celebrated guitar teacher Frank Koonce. In 1993, he earned his Master’s degree in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy. In 2005, he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Guitar Performance.
Several years ago Joe performed a concerto by Mauro Giuliani with the Kanab Civic Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist and in ensembles for more than 20 years. After retiring from the Army, Joe performed a solo recital at the St. George Tabernacle in March of 2016. 
Joseph began teaching privately in 1985 in Cedar City. He taught a group guitar class in 1989 at SUSC.  In Mesa, AZ, he continued to keep a full private teaching studio, as well as teach at Paradise Valley Community College, New School for the Arts (Arts High School), ASU Guitar Prep Program as the director and instructor, and Artistic Director at Rosie’s House: A Music academy for children. Currently, Joe lives in Minersville, Utah and the music teacher at Milford High School. 

Cedar City native Julia Tawa grew up around the performing arts, yet avoided the spotlight as much as possible. Dance was her first art of choice because it usually involved a group of other dancers by her side. It wasn't until her late teens that she began singing original acoustic songs for an audience. She discovered that the moment she made the choice to broadcast her individual talents, opportunities to perform at various local venues offered her a stage. OSU has welcomed her to the annual fall concert series for the past few years.

MB3 Jazz Quartet 

 David Bolsover plays sax, writes tunes, and leads the group. Christian Bohnenstengel plays keyboard; he is also the piano professor at SUU. Sean Owens plays drums. Trekker Burt plays electric bass; he is a student at SUU and plays in several bands in the Cedar City area. The group plays bebop, standards, funk, ballads, blues, and Afro-Cuban styles.   All have extensive performance experience.
(David Bolsover on sax, Christian Bohnenstengel on keyboard, Trekker Burt on bass, and Sean Owens on drums.) 
The Southern Utah String Quartet 
has provided community music for 26 years.  Lindsay Szczesny and Suzanne Stewart play violin, Leah Brown on cello, and Sara Penny on viola.  All are active string teachers.  All perform with the Orchestra of Southern Utah.
Sally Hunter, 
proud Cedar City native, business owner or The Wizz, a retail store, and graduate student, currently in the Southern Utah University Arts Administration program, finds it absolutely necessary to find time to perform and chair the OSU fall concerts and has been involved as a performer for many years.

The Cedar Music Children’s Chorus is under the direction of Jolene Heit of Cedar Music Stores and Studios.  She has been instrumental in early childhood education and piano teaching for over 40 years.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Patriotic Gala for 9/11, 2018

22nd Annual Fall Recitals Features a Patriotic Gala for 9/11
By Sara Penny

Fall recitals welcome you to another exciting musical season in Cedar City.  For 22 years the Orchestra of Southern Utah has hosted a community recital series to showcase local talent.  Recitals each Tuesday in September at 7:30 p.m. at a new location:  2111 North Main, near the Lighthouse Restaurant. From jazz to classical this series features celebrates music. 

A Patriotic Gala is set for Tuesday, 9/11 directed by Marla McMaster.  The Beaver Women’s Choir presents World War II favorites including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy with trumpet soloist Rich McMaster.  Blue Moon features a vocal quartet of Sunny Chen, Rimi Fletcher, Marla McMaster, and Kathleen Hutchings

Native American Dancers will perform, as well as the Flute Group from the Paiute Tribe.
Ethan Calvasina plays fiddle music and a brass quartet presents the Marine Hymn, as well as popular music from Super Mario. The group consists of OSU musicians John Ries, Debbie Nollan, Rich McMaster, and Gary Player.

The Color Country Winds directed by Harry Taylor presents music by Holst and Elfman.

You are invited to the recitals each Tuesday in September.  The suggested donation is $8 adults and $5 students.  For more information contact OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435) 592-6051 or


For Calendars:
Every Tuesday in September at 7:30 pm
21eleven:  2111 N. Main
Suggested Donation- $8 Adults and $5 Students.

More information: (435) 592-6051 or

Full Program:

Star Spangled Banner
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree by Charlie Tobias, Lew Brown and Sam Stept, Arr. Alan Billingsley
Lullaby by Billy Joel
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Don Raye and Hughie Prince arr. Ed Lojeski
     With Soloist Rich McMaster
Beaver Women's choir: Members:  Ann Marshall, Rimi Fletcher, Marla McMaster, Beverley Randall,    Kathleen Hutchings, and Patrea Faulkner, and Barbara Clausen.

Marla McMaster-Conductor
Co-conductors and rehearsal accompanists:  Ann Marshall and Rimi Fletcher
Sunny Chen- Accompanist

Blue Moon by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
   Vocal Quartet: Sunny Chen, Rimi Fletcher, Marla McMaster, and Kathleen Hutchings

Native American Dancers and Native American Flute Group

Sunrise on the Guinea Farm/Flop-Eared Mule, and
Kiss Me Waltz...... Traditional Fiddle Tunes
           Ethan Calvasina, violin

Amazing Grace Arr Brendan Elliget
Livery Stable Blues
Song for Japan by Steven Verhelst
Super Mario-Overworld- by Koji Kondo
Folk Song Medley by Stephen Foster
Marine's Hymn by Jacques Offenbach
John Ries, Debbie Nollan, Rich McMaster, Gary Player- Brass Quartet

Willow Echoes Cornet duo by Frank Simon duet part written by Gary Player
Gary Player and Rich McMaster Trumpet duet

Holst Second Suite in F - 4th & 2nd Movement 
Theme from How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell
Music for a Darkened Theatre by Danny Elfman
Color Country Winds: Conductor Harry Taylor

Final Program in jpg to download:

More info and  photos from performers:

Flute ensemble

Paiute dancer

Paiute dancer

Gary Player, trumpet “This was taken in 1996 at the Centennial Celebration in Tremonton, where we were designing their landfill and attended a dance with a big band from Weber State. I sat in for a few solos (In The Mood, etc.).”

Gary F. Player is a geologist and manager with fifty plus years of experience in the application of the earth sciences to problems in exploration, engineering, and the environment. Married to Corrie Lynne
Player, he is the father of nine grown children and forty-four grandchildren. Mr. Player speaks Spanish as a second language.

Richard McMaster
Marla McMaster

John Leslie Ries was born in Salt Lake City on November 18, 1961. He grew up mostly in southern California and northern Virginia. In 1970, he started learning the cello while attending summer school in Fountain Valley, California. He enjoyed the experience so much that two years later, he repeated it, this time taking up the baritone horn. He played both instruments regularly through ninth grade, after which he concentrated his musical efforts on the baritone. He was musically active all the way through high school and college, graduating from George C. Marshall High School (in Falls Church, VA) in 1979 and graduating from George Mason University (BS in Computer Science) in 1988. After completing his collegiate studies, he relocated to San Diego County, California, where he began his career as a computer programmer and continued his musical activities, playing in the Pacific Coast Concert Band and the Pomerado Community Band. He resumed playing cello after his wife Bonnie bought him one in 1995. After relocating to Cedar City in 2004, he became active in the local musical community, starting with the Color Country Winds in 2006, the Orchestra of Southern Utah in 2007, and the Master Singers in 2012. He resides in Cedar City with his wife Bonnie and is self-employed as a statistical computer programmer.

Ethan Calvasina has been playing the violin for seven years under the tutelage of Ms. Marin Colby. He is also seven year member of Cedar City Suzuki Strings. He has participated in the Southern Utah String Festival and a number of regional music camps. In 2015, he performed in the Groove Fest Kids concert. As a member of Suzuki Strings in 2018, he performed with the Piano Guys at SUU. Ethan enjoys all aspects of playing the violin and enjoys playing the piano and guitar too. He is a rising 7h grader at Utah Virtual Academy.

Color Country Winds directed by Harry Taylor