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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 Salt Lake Acting Company performed these readings. They were Olivia Custodio, Robert Scott Smith, and Alexis Baigue.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Utopia Early Music: Local Group Keeps the Brilliant Music of the Renaissance and Medieval Periods Alive and Well
Six years ago Emily Nelson and Chris LeCluyse met for coffee. Nelson had heard about LeCluyse from a common friend and knew of his interest in early music. She emailed him and arranged a meeting to see if he might want to collaborate sometime. By the time they […]
Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle and Principal Symphony Keyboard Jason Hardink have been threading their way through all of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s ten violin sonatas since the fall of 2013. This is when Utah’s NOVA Chamber Music Series began its Gallery Series at Salt Lake City’s Art Barn. Now the Series has expanded to another small venue, Julie Nester Gallery in Park City. This most recent concert took place this past Thursday evening April 16, 2015.
Terry Riley’s minimalist composition “In C” is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble has performed this piece at the Utah Arts Festival, on KUER’s Radio West, and at BYU. This weekend, they revisit the piece in a collaboration with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In […]
The 9th Annual Bonneville Chamber Music Festival wrapped up on March 21st. The Richter Uzur Duo kicked it off on March 2. The duo appeared BYU Radio’s Highway 89 earlier this month. The program was kind enough to offer 15 Bytes a video of one of their pieces […]