Christmas is still around the corner, but Utah Voices wrapped up our Christmas concert as we were the opening Christmas concert for the season on Temple Square last weekend. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the uplifting and heartwarming music with us.
Broadway Bingo is slated for Friday, March 31st at Libby Gardner Concert Hall. Tickets will be available online through our website beginning on March 10th at 10 a.m.
Tickets available online until 3 pm on the day of the concert, unless they sell out online before the concert. We will update this news to let you know if the tickets are sold out. Thank you for your support!
Utah Voices is thrilled to kick off our 2015-2016 season with a Christmas concert at the Utah State Capitol – our gift to our family, friends and fans. Then season seven continues with four more memorable shows. Join Utah Voices for each of our fun, unique and inspiring concerts this season.
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A Salute to the American Songbook
Join us for an evening of Broadway show tunes and patriotic favorites with the wonderful 23rd Army Band. This outdoor show is sure to have you clapping, singing and dancing along.
Friday's concert will be Dr. Michael Huff's final performance leading the choir as the Artistic Director. You won't want to miss it!
Seating is on the grass, so bring blankets or chairs or even a picnic dinner. All ages welcome!
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 7 p.m.
Bountiful City Park
400 North 200 West Bountiful, Utah
The Salt Lake Symphony presents "The Creation," featuring Utah Voices. In Joseph Haydn's sweeping oratorio, experience the chaos of the formless universe, the brilliance of the creation and the love of Adam and Eve (before that pesky serpent).
Melissa Heath, Soprano
Robert Breault, Tenor
Christopher Clayton, Baritone
General Admission $12. Tickets available online or at the door. Recommended for ages eight and older.
Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah
1375 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City
In addition to the Salt Lake Symphony and Utah Voices choir, the benefit concert will also brings together GENTRI, a trio of theatrical tenors, New Age pianist and composer Jason Tonioli, and Rawson, a Utah radio and TV personality.
Read more at the link!
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
BOUNTIFUL - If you’re looking for some free music to fill your summer nights, here’s your chance.
Four different free music concerts are scheduled for this Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19, at various locations all across south Davis County. Bountiful City will have a joint concert by Utah Voices and the 23rd Army Band, while Woods Cross will hear from the Alapa family. Farmington residents will have two concerts to choose from, with Flashback scheduled for July 18 and Unstrung for July 19.
The Utah Voices and 23rd Army Band concert, scheduled for July 18 at 7 p.m. at Bountiful City Park, also performed together in last year’s concert series. This Friday’s performance is expected to draw a large crowd.
“We’ll probably get at least 2,000 people, if not more,” said Richard Watson, the director of concerts for Bountiful. “It will be a really good concert.”
The two groups will perform a selection of patriotic and Americana music that they’ve been refining at joint rehearsals.
“They’re perfectionists when they rehearse,” said Watson.
In Woods Cross, the Alapa family will take to the stage in Mills Park on June 17 at 7 p.m. The sisters won first place at the 2013 Bountiful’s Got Talent Awards.
More recently, the girls showed off their Broadway chops. One of the daughters, Aitana, won the Best Actress Award at the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards for her performance of the title character in Woods Cross High’s production of “Aida.” Another daughter, Brookelynn, won best cameo.
“I was so overwhelmed,” said Brookelynn Alapa, who won Best Cameo for her role as Nehebka in “Aida.” “It was the best feeling. I’ve never felt like that.”
In Farmington, the Oakridge Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints team up with Cherry Hill Water Park each year to offer up a series of family-oriented concerts at Grant’s Gulch at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
On July 18, the band Flashback will perform songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s. and ‘70s. On July 19, Unstrung will perform bluegrass music. The group is made up of members of the Singleton family.
Bountiful City Park is located at 400 N. and 200 West. Mills Park is located at 1750 S. 1200 West. Grant’s Gulch is at Cherry Hill Park, which is located at 1325 S. Main Street.
Read more: The Davis Clipper - Plenty of free concerts July 17 19 around county
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents “Under the Western Sky” in Review
DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK (DCINY) PRESENTS “UNDER THE WESTERN SKY”
UTAH VOICES AND LEGACY BRASS ENSEMBLE; MICHAEL D. HUFF, DIRECTOR; CARRIE MORRIS, ACCOMPANIST
MARIACHI ESPUELAS DE PLATA; RAMON NIÑO III AND IMELDA MARTINEZ, CO-DIRECTORS
CRISTIAN GRACES, DCINY DEBUT CONDUCTOR; DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS SINGERS INTERNATIONALSTERN AUDITORIUM, CARNEGIE HALL; NEW YORK, NYJUNE 22, 2014
The program presented by DCINY under the umbrella title of “Under the Western Sky” was really three concerts in one, a rare treat for the enthusiastic audience.
The first half was called “Hometown Praise: Music From Utah,” featuring the Utah Voices, led by Michael D. Huff, accompanied by the Legacy Brass Ensemble and Carrie Morris, keyboard (and an unidentified organist). The large choir (approximately 110 members by my estimate) was perfectly prepared, in tune, with rich full tone that could produce a thrilling forte or whisper more confidentially at the softer dynamics. If you think “Utah choir” means only the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you need to hear this group. Only a few times did they threaten to be overwhelmed, balance-wise, by the excellent brass players.
Their selections made one realize what a crucial role the sense of place plays in both faith and patriotism. Standouts included Kurt Bestor’s “Prayer of the Children,” a harrowing plea for peace based on the composer’s experience in Yugoslavia as a Mormon missionary, and Utah composer Leroy Robertson’s setting of “The Lord’s Prayer,” from his Oratorio from the Book of Mormon, NOT to be confused with the irreverent hit Broadway musical. The Irish folk song “Be Thou My Vision” arranged by the conductor, Mr. Huff, was beautifully done, with special contribution from Carrie Morris, finally getting to play the nine-foot Steinway instead of the electronic synthesizer she had been using prior. The section concluded with the rousing English folk song “Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Leads,” better known to some as “Oh Waly, Waly.”
After intermission, the tone shifted to a youthful emphasis. First came the charming Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, an award-winning high school group from North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Their three pieces were done with suavity and great flair, using different combinations of the traditional violin, trumpet, guitar, one flute, and one harp, and some vocals.
They then made way for the Distinguished Concert Singers International, a sort of collective choir, indeed international, of all-treble voices from: South Carolina, Indiana, Honduras, California, Australia, Washington State, Norway, Maryland, and Oregon. These girls’ and (unchanged) boys’ voices were scrupulously prepared, each choir by its own regular conductor, before meeting the excellent DCINY debut conductor/composer Cristian Grases.
Much of their work involved the integration of eurhythmics, that method of instilling music in early childhood through the use of bodily movement. You could feel how comfortable everyone was with the complex arrangements, all of which were done with clear diction and excellent pitch and humor, with a choir about double the size of the Utah Voices.
Dr. Grases clearly has a flair for this work, and must be applauded for his care. He was honored with the world premiere of his own Gloria, a setting of the second portion of the Ordinary of the Catholic Mass. Dr. Grases’ is in Spanish, and each of the five sections is a rhythmic travelogue of Latin America, from Colombia to Puerto Rico, the Andes, Venezuela, and Cuba. The joyful bounce was surely appropriate for this most celebratory section of the Mass, even if the numbers did have a certain “sameness” to them, that’s just nit-picking on my part.
Earlier, the choir had imitated the wind, and the conductor invited the audience to join in as well, in “El Viento” from OperetaEcológica, by Dr. Grases’ teacher, Alberto Grau, whose clever reworking of “La Cucaracha” culminated with the extermination of the bug ( Dr. Grases himself) by a cute child imitating a bug spray can.
The entire afternoon was a multicultural and multi-musical celebration. Bravi!
Excerpt from SALT LAKE SYMPHONY AND UTAH VOICES JOIN FOR EMOTIONALLY CHARGED ‘AVODATH HAKODESH’
Armstrong captured the spirit and emotional force of Bloch’s work with his sensitive and perceptive direction. He elicited expressive singing from the choir and nuanced playing from the orchestra. The dramatic moments were nicely contrasted by lyrically infused passages and he kept everything wonderfully in balance.
Read full review here: http://www.reichelrecommends.com/salt-lake-symphony-and-utah-voices-join...
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