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Brevitas: Nowell Sing We

Brevitas: Nowell Sing We

Review by David Layton. The 2016 holiday season brings us a new release by Brevitas, a vocal ensemble directed by Matthew D. Nielsen. Nowell Sing We is their second album, and their first dedicated to Christmas repertoire. Nielsen has curated an excellent program, combining familiar favorites with the new and unexpected, focusing on repertoire of the...

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All the World's a Studio: Mundi Project brings pianos, and now art, to the world

All the World’s a Studio: Mundi Project brings pianos, and now art, to the world

Everybody deserves a piano. Or at least access to one. That’s the basic idea behind Mundi Project, a Utah non-profit which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month with a live music-and-art-making performance at the Visual Art Institute. Founded by Executive Director Hana Janatova, Mundi donates, repairs, and tunes pianos for individual families and public...

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The Anticipation of Seeing Something New: A Review of John Costa’s Refuge

The Anticipation of Seeing Something New: A Review of John Costa’s Refuge

Like all good ekphrastic pieces of art, Costa’s Refuge has layers. Not only does it exist in the past, with the experiences of the original author of the text, but it also exists in the present with the listeners hearing the notes from the soprano, string quartet, and piano, and it will exist in the...

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30 Years Bach: The Utah Baroque Ensemble

30 Years Bach: The Utah Baroque Ensemble

Ask Martha Sargent, director of the Utah Baroque Ensemble, how the group began nearly 30 years ago and she smiles. It’s a question she’s heard often. “The choir really began with Douglas Bush and the Utah Bach Choir,” she says, “but when Doug got too busy to continue leading the group, I was approached about...

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Gavin's Gamelan

Gavin’s Gamelan

Percussionists have all the fun. On the symphony stage, while all the other instrumentalists are usually seated in their assigned chair, the percussionist moves around a playground of drums, symbols, marimbas, chimes, and triangles. Some of those instruments you may not even recognize. For example, the gender wayang. But if you’re a percussionist you need...

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An Opportunity to Play: Intermezzo Chamber Music

An Opportunity to Play: Intermezzo Chamber Music

The quality programming is definitely what the audiences come back for, but the surprises Intermezzo throws in also endear the audience to the organization. It isn’t uncommon for the musicians to take the stage to play a romantic sonata, but first launch into a short, unexpected contemporary work, with no warning or explanation. Fortunately, their...

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Matthew Zalkind at the Summer Chamber Workshop

Matthew Zalkind at the Summer Chamber Workshop

The talent of young cellist Matthew Zalkind, who performed a recital on June 29 at Libby Gardner Concert Hall as part of the University of Utah School of Music’s eighth Summer Chamber Music Workshop, comes from equal parts nature and nurture. His father, Larry Zalkind, retired from his position as Principal Trombonist at the end...

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Jason Hardink Receives 2016 Mayor’s Artist Award for Performing Arts  

Jason Hardink Receives 2016 Mayor’s Artist Award for Performing Arts  

On June 25, Jason Hardink will be presented the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award in recognition of his outstanding talent as Principal Keyboard for the Utah Symphony, and for his role as Artistic Director of the NOVA Chamber Music Series. Jason is much more than a musician. Through his knowledge of performing arts and his...

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Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell's Listen/Space Brings New Music to the Mountains

Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell’s Listen/Space Brings New Music to the Mountains

The year was 2003. Hundreds of sound designers, composers, and musicians were gathering at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose to network and share ideas on the gaming industry and, specifically, game audio and interactive music. The Game Audio Network Guild was hosting its first annual awards and Katie Porter and Devin Maxwell, MFA...

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Sinfonia Salt Lake, a Welcome Addition to the Orchestral Music Scene

Sinfonia Salt Lake, a Welcome Addition to the Orchestral Music Scene

Sinfonia Salt Lake, Salt Lake City’s newest professional chamber orchestra, gave its inaugural concert on January 25 and its second on May 16 at the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City.  There is certainly a place for such an orchestra in the Salt Lake City area’s orchestral music scene, especially from September through June each year....

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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

  “It seems so hard to get people to actually listen to music,” says Salt Lake City rock musician Andrew Shaw. “There’s so much saturation right now with so many bands making great music and other entertainment vying for your attention. Someone dedicating any amount of time in their day to listen to the sounds...

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