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Alyssa Pyper at 12 Minutes Max this Sunday

Alyssa Pyper at 12 Minutes Max this Sunday

Alyssa Pyper will perform a set of works for solo voice, violin, and electronics at 12 Minutes Max this Sunday at the City Library in Salt Lake City. For Pyper, this particular set of works is about reclamation. “I’ve worked to craft a re-telling of personal narratives through the use of archetypes and symbols” she...

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Color Animal's music video for "Heal Me"

Color Animal’s music video for “Heal Me”

Color Animal, one of the musical projects of local musician Andrew Shaw, who was profiled in this month’s edition of 15 Bytes, has released their first music video, for “Heal Me,” from their third full-length album Why Don’t We Have Fun? “All four members of the band … are passionate about the community where we...

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Utah Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall and elevates its national profile

Utah Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall and elevates its national profile

The Utah Symphony’s return, after 50 years, to New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall on April 29 was one of the high points of the performing arts institution’s exceptional 75th anniversary season. They were last there in 1966, under the baton of Maurice Abravanel, to open Carnegie Hall’s own 75th anniversary season, so it was...

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RDT's "Revere" Brings Collaborators to Celebrate Jose Limon

RDT’s “Revere” Brings Collaborators to Celebrate Jose Limon

Repertory Dance Theatre has a long tradition of collaborating with the arts community. It only makes sense for them to culminate their 50th anniversary season with a collaboration. “Revere” brings together various artists to honor José Limón, whose work has been part of RDT’s repertoire since 1967. The Salt Lake Vocal Artists, conducted by Brady Allred, world-renowned...

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Infinite Possibilities: Andrew Shaw Rocks to the Beat of a True Gemini

Infinite Possibilities: Andrew Shaw Rocks to the Beat of a True Gemini

Andrew Shaw is starting to feel the push on his time, but when asked how many more bands he sees in his future, he quickly says, “Infinite.” With such a prolific musical resume, Shaw has had experience diving into things and seeing them work out, and other times, not. As a leader, he’s brought many...

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"National Park Symphony" to premiere on KUED

“National Park Symphony” to premiere on KUED

On Monday, March 14, KUED will air the first of what will be a trilogy of films commemorating 100 years of the National Park Service. The trilogy, called Year of the Parks, begins with “National Park Symphony,” a visual portrait (or music video, depending on how you want to look at/listen to it), starring the...

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Utah Chamber Artists Performs Music from Masses, Old and New

Utah Chamber Artists Performs Music from Masses, Old and New

Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) is one of the most enigmatic composers in that nation’s musical pantheon. The integrity, rigor, and honesty of his music, in multiple genres, are perhaps unmatched, even in comparison to other exceptional 20th-century composers. Martin’s “Mass for Unaccompanied Double Choir” fits this template especially well. It was completed in1926, but only premiered...

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The Passion and Dance of Frivolity — Review: Utah Philharmonia

The Passion and Dance of Frivolity — Review: Utah Philharmonia

The Utah Philharmonia is the largest orchestral ensemble of the University of Utah School of Music. Its most recent concert, given at Libby Gardner Concert Hall in Salt Lake City on February 11, presented the ensemble at one of its peaks. With an enthusiasm second to none, the School of Music’s concerto competition winners augmented the vibrancy...

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Tara Simoncic: A New Maestro at the Ballet

Tara Simoncic: A New Maestro at the Ballet

If you’re planning on attending Ballet West’s production of Romeo and Juliet this month, you might notice the company has hired a new maestro: Tara Simoncic. Artistic Director Adam Sklute has brought her in over the past several years for projects, but she was appointed as the orchestral conductor in November. “I was attracted to...

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Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake Brings World Famous Pacifica Quartet During Their Golden Season: Concert Review

Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake Brings World Famous Pacifica Quartet During Their Golden Season: Concert Review

Chamber music, at least in some circles, has a reputation for being difficult to embrace with warmth and then thoroughly enjoy, but those that do tend to become lifelong aficionados. There is often a stark intimacy and immediacy to this genre, and even more so to the string quartet medium.   The Pacifica Quartet, formed...

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Composer Michael Hicks Discusses His String Quartet for NOVA Chamber Music Series

Composer Michael Hicks Discusses His String Quartet for NOVA Chamber Music Series

  Dr. Michael Hicks is a widely-published musicologist at Brigham Young University. He teaches music theory, score analysis and aesthetics. He is also a singer/songwriter and a composer. His new work for string quartet titled “Of the” will premiere on January 31st at Libby Gardner Concert Hall as part of NOVA Chamber Music Series’ concert...

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2015 in Classical Music: a Look  Back

2015 in Classical Music: a Look Back

Salt Lake City and its surrounding environs are gifted with a raft of talented classical music ensembles and long-standing concert series. 2015 was, as in recent years, filled with an array of choices for memorable performances. Many, if not most, of my comments will be gushingly positive, but then again the talent on display locally...

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Composers:  Wanted Dead or Alive

Composers: Wanted Dead or Alive

NOVA Chamber Music Series & Utah Symphony  | Andrew Norman Premieres | Concert review by Gregory Walz In three days, two of Utah’s premiere classical music organizations collaborated in Salt Lake City in a way that will continue on four additional weekends for the 2015-2016 concert season. Both entities premiered compositions by a living composer – one being a world premiere, and the...

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Peculiar Strokes: Andrew Norman brings post-minimal composition to NOVA and the Utah Symphony

Peculiar Strokes: Andrew Norman brings post-minimal composition to NOVA and the Utah Symphony

Sitting in the lush, wood-paneled dignity of the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Concert Hall, watching a group of talented musicians dressed in black evening wear play the music of a cutting-edge composer, you find mirth welling up in your chest, swelling towards a guffaw, and wonder, “Is it OK to laugh?” For its season...

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Desert Music: Hal Cannon and 3hattrio

Desert Music: Hal Cannon and 3hattrio

Everyone's favorite musician and folklorist, Hal Cannon is performing with his group 3hattrio at a free in-store concert and Dark Desert Night CD release at Ken Sanders’ Rare Books in Salt Lake City (Thursday, Nov. 5th), followed by two performances at the Moab Folk Festival (Nov. 6-7). Modern dance patrons can sample five of 3hattrio’s...

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