Saturday, August 11, 2018

Season Tickets Available for Dynamic Drama Season

Season tickets now available at Cedar Music Store and Studio at 602 South Main or the Heritage Theater.  You may also call OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435) 592-6051 

For preview music visit: Listening links for preview listening

Notice that recitals are at a new location:  21eleven, 2111 North Main near Lighthouse Restaurant and in the True Life building.

Mail orders to OSU, PO Box 312, Cedar City, UT  84721-0312

We are excited to share a season of dramatic and dynamic music with you.  Please join us for recitals at 21eleven and evening concerts and Jubilee at Heritage Theater.

(Season brochure designed by Rollan Fell of the Print Shoppe)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Chicago National Conference 2018

Jackie Riddle-Jackson preparing for the Roundtable presentation at League of American Orchestra Conference in Chicago
Meeting with orchestra representatives from throughout the country

Jackie Riddle-Jackson with conference presenter Vijay Grupta
Roundtable presentation

Arriving in Chicago with luggage sent to Florida
"Hooray" The luggage with all the presentation materials arrives in time.

Report of the League of American Orchestra Conference 2018
By Jackie Jackson
The Key Note address was given by Vijay Gupta, it was transformative and absolutely soul stirring. Vijay began by playing a piece for us (unaccompanied solo Violin) that he had arranged himself, a medley of both classical and modern pieces he loved that intertwined and created a message to those listening.

Vijay's personal story also gave us pause, while being a child prodigy his parents wanted him to be a doctor, so he actually studied science and graduated from college when he was 17 years old.  As a violinist in the LA Philharmonic he was the youngest to be accepted when he auditioned and still is. Vijay talked about being lucky enough to have privilege and he loves music, he was very pushed to achieve and he started the Street Symphony to find restoration in his life.

Currently he is most well known for his accomplishments in establishing a community program called the "Street Symphony". His motivation for this project was not from the LA Phil (though they are supporters of this venture) , his motivation stems from what he saw as a need for others to find restoration in their lives, using music to provide that he says there is always a divide between musicians and the management.

He posed a question to those in attendance “How do we shift our concert hall to be a place of convening rather than just a place of performance?”  He suggests being intentional with where we place resources and where dollars are best used,  emphasize building a social capital because a concert performance is not just a “gig”.  A part of the power of music is that it is sanctuary both for those performing and listening and he recommends taking out in the community where needed.

Questions to consider for OSU: 
*What is our core mission?
*How do we create not just arts engagement, but also civic engagement?
*We are obligated to be a voice to show up and have radical intimacy.  Are we doing enough and    being collaborative to involve other groups with the OSU.   
*Is it better to go deep than it is to go wide?  Are we doing and being enough?

Other conference presentations:
One of the best presentations in the volunteers section was for the Chicago Symphony where they found a need for older, disabled persons and under-privileged persons to come to a symphony rehearsal in the afternoon.  One man said to a person that played in the orchestra, “Who would want to come and sit by me?” He felt that he wanted to support the symphony but could not afford it.  The person in charge of the guild devised a plan to create a set of volunteers and hosts that would help those in need to come to the final dress rehearsal of the orchestra on the day of their performances free of charge thus eliminating the cost concerns.  This is organized several times during the season and the cost is zero dollars….. The guild arranges volunteers to bring people to the dress rehearsal and help them with walkers, canes, and wheel chairs. They have about fifteen hundred people attend each time that they do this, so you can imagine the commitment of the volunteers. That people would volunteer their time to organize this was impressive as it is a huge act of service.

The issue that was pounded into all those attending the conference was the need to embrace diversity and  to be helpful to those around us.  It is no longer good enough to just meet and play good music, although that is what we should be doing as well, but musicians and orchestras also need to have a social mission.  Many groups from across the nation spoke and created dialogues about it.

Chicago Symphony Concert
Watching the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was truly a dream,  Ricardo Muti a truly gifted and inspired conductor was spellbinding, as together the Chicago Symphony and Yo Yo Ma performed a night of Russian Artists.  The music was extremely difficulty and not for the faint of heart.  Yo-Yo Ma was exceptional and as he closed the conference by speaking, he also mentioned the importance of having a social agenda, and a connection with the community - a theme that was very evident with many of the musicians, that orchestras and musicians need to have purposeful movement in that direction.

Link to League videos from Conference:

Favorite art from the Chicago Institute of Art with musical themes curated by Rebekah Hughes, OSU Manager

Monday, May 14, 2018

"Perfect evening and lots of lovely new art"

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 4th Annual Soirée Silent Auction and Raffle for Patrons and OSU Musicians

"Perfect evening and lots of lovely new art to bring back to Chapel Hill!", wrote Mary Ussery-White

We are so appreciative of the support you the community and patrons have for your orchestra. The musical entertainment brought a delightful ambience, the new venue gave comfortable room to see items and visit with people, and the lovely refreshments were thanks to Lisa Cox and her team.  This essential OSU fundraiser is directed by Suzanne Tegland and Ariel Wolter Rhoades, both OSU musicians.

Overview of The Barn and Soirée 

Suzanne Tegland, R. Hughes, and Ariel Wolter Rhoades organized the event.

Wilhelm, gypsy jazz opened the evening.

Michelle Lambert and Patty Walser helped check in guests.

Carylee Zwang, helps at Soirée 

Pam Minkler helped greet guests, here Scott Phillips and Fred Adams

Sara Patterson of Red Acre Farms donated a wonderful food basket. She sings in the Chorale.

Carol Ann and Lee Modesitt.

Chorale Director Jackie Riddle-Jackson arrives with two of her children.

LeRoy and Barbara Kuehl, dedicated OSU patrons.

Refreshments from Lisa Cox and her team.

Lisa loading platters in the kitchen.

Carol Bolsover and other guests check out the Silent Auction items.

OSU musicians Callie and Kylaas Flanagan helped with the Soirée and won the Grand Prize Raffle basket

Cedar City Dectet provided live music.

Pam Minkler with serving tier donated by Picky Pickers.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Evening Fundraising Party with OSU Patrons and Musicians Set for May 11

You are invited to the 4th Annual 

Fourth Annual Silver and Gold Soirée: Silent Auction and Raffle

Join OSU for an evening of live music, good food, and fun on Friday, May 11, from 5 to 7 pm at The Barn at Cedar Meadows, 1419 W. 3000 N. Remember to get tickets in advance from Rebekah Hughes at 435-233-8213 or email

Live music by Wilhelm and Cedar Jazz Dectet.
Come out for a lovely evening event to The Barn with Your Orchestra.

So exciting to see wonderful items coming in for the silent auction and raffle. Below are some of the  items that will be available.

Handmade truffles thanks to Kelly Goonan

Title "Mystere" by Gregory A. Mauger
#7 of 20 limited edition (11" x 17" (28cm x 43cm) matted w/o frame)
Flamenco Dancer: Kelli Brown
Copyright 2018
 — with Sean ArnoldAriel Wolter RhoadesKelli BrownFlamenco IdahoFlamenco,Boise Art MuseumBoise Weekly and Boise, Idaho.

20 x 30 limited edition framed print (1000 in edition) of the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park by artist Dalhart Windberg

Raffle Grand Prize: “pamper yourself” theme… basket and blanket from Bulloch Drug; inside are items from Tae’s Tea, a tea towel, a couple of Mary Kay gift sets and moisturizer, and a journal.
Gent’s and Lady’s Swiss Quartz Watches. Donated by Custom Jewelry Gallery.  
14K gold treble clef pendant.  Donated by Custom Jewelry Gallery.
Butterfly pendant with opal (blue stone) and charolite (purple stone).  Donated by Castro & Co Jewelers. 

 Handmade outdoor lantern donated by ArtWorks’ owner, Linda Kiley. Lantern made by Kelly Neu
More info on ArtWorks

Gourd rattle by Todd Prince, educated and trained as an archaeologist. His work reflects his interest in the cultural history of the American Southwest. See more of his work at

Water color by Steve Yates of  Artisans. More information:
Watercolor by Wegner, professional artist out of California.

Watercolor by Dorothy Uherka

Watercolor by Dorothy Uherka

Rollan Fell framed this favorite hymn.
Diane Walsh artwork.  More information on her work at Artisans at

Watercolor by Larry Laskowski. See more of his work at

Print donated by Pam Littlefield
Groovacious basket.  Visit Lisa at Groovacious for music CDs, records, and more.
Stained glass by Jane and Jeff McCoy of “Stained Glass Designs,” a Cedar City Business.
Brad Holt, original oil painting entitled “Sunset Near Leeds.” Anonymously donated. 

Arlene Braithwaite Original Pastel, “Blowhard Morning.” Donated by the artist. 
Brad Holt Original Oil, “Port Angeles Roses II.” Donated by the artist. 

Mary Jabens Original Oil, “Love Long Ago.” Donated by the artist.

Mingle with Musicians at the

Annual Silver and Gold Soirée

By Tanisa Crosby

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is hosting the 4th annual "Silver and Gold Soirée: Silent Auction and Raffle" on Friday, May 11.  The Soiree is a delightful opportunity for the community to socialize and get to know members of the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  You are invited to join musicians and patrons at The Barn at Cedar Meadows from 5 to 7 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance from Rebekah Hughes at 435-233-8213 or email 

Tickets are $10 per person, well worth the price for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, live music, great company, and of course both wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Dressing up is encouraged and a little splash of silver or gold never hurts.

Music will be provided by some of the very same OSU musicians who have been apart of our magical season. Live music performances this year will include the local gypsy/jazz band Wilhem, lead by OSU’s concertmaster and the energetic musicianship of the Cedar City Jazz Dectet.

The silent auction features generous donations from local business and artists. Offerings include fine art photography, watercolors, event tickets, and much more. All proceeds go towards funding the upcoming orchestra season. The Orchestra of Southern Utah continues to increase the offerings of live music in Cedar City, but tickets alone cover less than 10% of annual costs.   Additional funding is therefore essential to assist the Orchestra in providing affordable musical experiences. Your support is much appreciated and essential in keeping the music accessible for our community.  Please come enjoy the swankiest party in town, a great excuse to wear your favorite cocktail dress while supporting a fine arts institution.

The Silver and Gold Soiree will take place at The Barn located at Cedar Meadows, 1419 W 3000 N, Cedar City (Corner of Bulldog Rd. and 3000 N).  The event will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11th.Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance and are available by phone: 435-233-8213.

Date: May 11, 2018 Silver and Gold Soiree at 5pm

The Barn: 1419 W. 3000 N. Cedar City, UT

Tickets- $10

More information: 435-233-8213 or