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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 “A...

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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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Brevity Begets Beauty

Brevity Begets Beauty

Westminster Concert Series | An Evening of Gabriel Fauré | Vieve Gore Concert Hall | Monday, October 26, 2015 | Concert review by Gregory Walz Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was a masterful French composer, and is best known for his languidly vigorous and consoling choral Requiem — likely his most performed composition.  His chamber music is exquisitely crafted, but this craft can...

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A Gentle Power Persists: Utah Chamber Artists at Twenty-Five

A Gentle Power Persists: Utah Chamber Artists at Twenty-Five

Utah Chamber Artists | Jubilate | Cathedral of the Madeleine | Monday, September 21, 2015 | Concert review by Gregory Walz   Style and passion, with remembrance—these attributes, when elegantly assembled, create a realm fit for a silver anniversary. For Utah Chamber Artists (UCA), its annual Collage concert at the Cathedral of the Madeleine can provide the bridge to...

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Composer Christian Asplund at 12 Minutes Max

Composer Christian Asplund at 12 Minutes Max

The press has used many words to describe the music of Christian Asplund: passion, panoramic power, pure pointillist, plaintive, painstaking…and that’s just the “p”s.   Asplund is a Canadian-American composer-performer based in Utah. He is an associate professor of music at Brigham Young University and extremely active in the Provo music scene. You’ll see him performing...

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The Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer slide into the Shadow of Mahler

The Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer slide into the Shadow of Mahler

Utah Symphony Recording, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 | Reference Recordings | Release Date: September 11, 2015 The Utah Symphony has a Mahler performance tradition, one that began when Maurice Abravanel became its third and most influential music director in 1947. This tradition helped to place the orchestra on the national and international map of major symphony orchestras, especially in the 1960s and 1970s....

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Intermezzo Contemplates Words and Music

Intermezzo Contemplates Words and Music

In a novel and effective move, each piece, and each movement in the case of the Brahms, was prefaced by a reading of lines of poetry, or lines from a play, or in the case of the Glinka, a narrative of a brief portion of the composer's life in the composer's words. Three actors/actresses from...

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The right performers for the right repertoire makes for a superb chamber music concert.

The right performers for the right repertoire makes for a superb chamber music concert.

A dash of two rather obscure (mostly) twentieth-century Danish composers, mixed with the still most--prominent one, along with a peak from a young German composer's early romanticism. What makes for a superb chamber music concert? The right performers for the repertoire and compelling performances of course.

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Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine concludes its 25th concert season

Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine concludes its 25th concert season

Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine @ Cathedral of the Madeleine. Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cecile and Mozart’s te Deum in C Major.  Salt Lake City, Utah, May 10, 2015. Concert review by Gregory Walz.   This past Sunday, May 10, 2015 the Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, with the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra,...

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NOVA's season ends with a premiere

NOVA’s season ends with a premiere

Concert Preview NOVA Chamber Music Series presents its final concert of the season, appropriately named “Season Finale” on Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. NOVA always curates a thoughtful and meaningful program that is meant to provide a challenging, yet rewarding experience for the audience. As always, NOVA presents some of Salt Lake City’s finest...

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