Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dynamic Drama through Music

The Orchestra of Southern Utah explores the drama of live music this season and we're excited to share our performances with you.  Here are some previews and related pieces that show the dramatic quality of symphony orchestra music.

Season Highlights:

October 11: Stormy Highlights
Sorcerer's Apprentice with Mickey Mouse

November 8: Timeless Drama
Bernstein Centennial, OSU celebrates in our Nov. 8 concert with selections from West Side Story.
Some of the Bernstein's Young People's Concerts are available on youtube:
What Makes Music Symphonic?
What Does Music Mean?
What is Melody?

Some of our favorite pieces composed by Leonard Bernstein, born in 1918:
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Overture to Candide

Dec. 9 and 10: Handel's Messiah

Feb. 9: Fairy Tale Adventures - Children's Jubilee
afternoon of music, science and art for the whole family
Sleeping Beauty Waltz with Dancers
Peter Pan composed by Newton Howard

Feb. 21: Memorable Music Tales
Swan Lake Suite

April 11: Capture the Moment
Mahler #5

Taking a daily occurrence and creating musical magic: 
10 wonderful musical sunrises

Join us for exciting and dramatic music this season.  Tickets available at Cedar Music Stores and Studios as well as the Heritage Center or call OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435) 592-6051 

"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out" Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, March 30, 2018

"Glorious Galaxies" Concert Listening Links

Explore the galaxies with music and aerial artists at the upcoming OSU concert on April 12, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Center.  Aerobatic Performing Arts will be the guest artists in conjunction with selections from the Planets by Holst.

The Planets by Gustav Holst

OSU will perform Mars, Venus, and Jupiter with the aerial artists in front of the orchestra.

Our audiences voted between Star Trek and Star Wars for this concert and Star Wars won:
Star Wars

Composer Alex Byers
Matthew Clegg, guest vocalist
When I Consider the Heavens is a new commissioned piece by Alex Byers and this concert will be the world premiere.  To sample Byers music check out the link for one of his previous compositions. 
The Lord is My Shepherd by Alex Byers was premiered by OSU as part of a previous R.L. Halversen concert:

You Raise Me Up by Rolf Løvland with lyrics by Brendan Graham 

La Donna Mobile from Rigoletto 
Luciano Pavarotti performance:

Music is valuable for all ages:
Benefits of taking music lessons supported by latest research:

Poster design by Rollan Fell.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Great Music, Great Variety: Listening Links for OSU Opening Concert

The opening OSU concert features music which is exciting and varied.

You are invited to enjoy an evening of live music with special guests from Parowan.

Trevor Walker will conduct the Parowan High Band and the combined Parowan and OSU musicians.

Xun Sun will conduct OSU for the other pieces.
Parowan High Band will perform under the direction of Trevor Walker:
1. Coast Guard's March by Karl L. King:

2. Salvation is Created by Pavel Tchesnokov

OSU will perform under the direction by Xun Sun:

3. Festival Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich
"The Festive Overture ...was given its premiere at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater on November 6, 1954, and survived its original function to take its place in the international repertory.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Although the music opens with the grandest of ceremonial fanfares, there are no solemn heroics in the piece, and of course it is not an overture to anything. It is simply a vivacious and thoroughly Russian celebratory gesture, in the bright key of A major. The exultant mood is exhibited in passages alternately grandiose, lyrical and playful, with the pomposity of the opening gesture effectively submerged under waves of high spirits whenever it recurs," from Kennedy Center notes.

Festive Overture:  Boston Pops recording

4. Georges Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1 & Suite No. 2 / Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor · Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra /

Geroges Bizet

Famous for the opera Carmen, this French composer also wrote this wonderful suite with it's energetic Carillion and soulful Adagietto.  OSU will perform the first of the two suites.

5. Going to the West Gate performed by China Symphony Orchestra

Orchestration by Bao Yuankai

Going to the West Gate performed by Chinese traditional instruments and an incredible bamboo flute solo:

Parowan and OSU musicians join for Suite directed by Trevor Walker:

Vaughn Williams from Classic FM image

English stamp celebrates composer

6. English Folk Songs - Suite I. March (Seventeen Come Sunday) [2:53] II. Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy) [2:52] III. March (Folk Songs from Somerset) [3:00] by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), England (Orchestrated by Gordon Jacob) London Symphony Orchestra directed by Sir Adrian Boult

More concert information:

Monday, May 29, 2017

Music and Art for Children are a Great Combination

Music to play for children on a rainy day

Calming music:

Art and music go together.  Try playing your favorite music while children create their art or while you are reading to children:

Explore famous paintings with the Metropolitan Museum: 


Savonnerie Manufactory (Manufactory, established 1626; Manufacture Royale, established 1663 and date of this tapestry estimated about 1685.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Youthful Legacy Listening Links

The next Orchestra of Southern Utah Concert on April 6 features young soloists performing as soloists with the full symphony orchestra plus an exciting overture.  Listening in advance helps enjoyment of the concert so links are provided below:


Overture to Barber of Seville by Rossini features lots of energetic contrasts and solo moments for flute and French horn.

Bugs Bunny version at the Hollywood Bowl:

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no.2 op.18 featuring pianist Anna Fedorova

To follow the piano solo part printed music:


Mozart's Aria from opera Idomeneo featuring Anna Netrebko shows fervour of Electra when she realizes that the man she loves will marry her rival.
  • "D'Oreste, d'Ajace ho in seno i tormenti" ("I feel Orestes's and Ajax's torments in my heart"), sung by Electra

Concerto in F by George Gershwin is a high energy piano showpiece with full orchestra:


Sergei Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op. 19
first movement,  Andantino, featuring Hilary Hahn

To follow along with the violin part printed music:

Join your orchestra on April 6 for an exceptional concert.

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