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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Friday, February 3, 2017

Create Your Own Legacy: Jubilee 2017 Listening Links

Music, art, and science for a fun filled afternoon for all ages. Lobby displays open at 1 p.m. including the SUU Planetarium, music at 2 p.m. includes William Tell Overture complete with science experiments and a commissioned piece celebrating our beautiful scenery called "Enchanted Valley" by Mark Dal Porto. Many community partners provide hands on science, art, and music activities for all ages after the concert. $5 per adult, $5 per child. Babies free. Three cans of food for a free ticket to benefit Iron County Care and Share. Full article at

Preview Listening Links:
William Tell Overture by Rossini

This music was the overture to Rossini's final opera and is set in the Swiss Alps complete with a cello choir bringing in the dawn, moving into a thunderstorm,  a pastorale featuring the English horn which is calling in the cows after the storm, and ending with the march of Swiss soldiers which sounds like a horse galloping.  This final theme was made famous in American culture as the theme for the Lone Ranger.  Brandon Wiggins, guest scientist, has experiments planned on stage while the orchestra plays.

Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" 
Legendary performance with Stokowski directing the Philadelphia Orchestra: com/watch?v=UdJ2kMi0mJU

More recent performance so you can see the pianist: 

This is the form of a theme and variations using a Paganini melody as the basis.  The most famous variation is the 18th variation and Rachmaninoff was the guest soloist in the premiere in 1934 with the Philadelphia orchestra.  He wrote it in Switzerland.  This piece is only on the Feb. 23 evening concert in Cedar City. 

Enchanted Valley by Mark Dal Porto is a world premiere and was commissioned by the Orchestra of Southern Utah.  Valley of Enchantment is a symphonic tone poem inspired by the natural surroundings and beauty of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona (Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, and the Grand Canyon).
The work is in 10 sections as follows (includes measure numbers): 
1. Sunrise (1 - 60) 
2. Entering the woods (61 - 82)
3. By the streams of water (83 - 166)
4. Deep in the forest (167 - 204)
5. The majesty of the canyons (205 - 356)
6. In the mountain pasture (357 - 455)
7. Thunderstorm (456 - 519)
8. Calm and reflections after the storm (520 - 607)
9. The grandeur of the mountains (608 - 749)
10. Sunset (750 - 806)
Video of performance available at

Afternoon of music, science and art for all ages.  Babies free

Evening performance, age 6 above with adult supervision includes the Rachmaninoff

Brandon Wiggins, Guest Scientist for both performances

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Exploring our "Natural Legacy" Through Music

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." - Beethoven

Poster design by Rollan Fell

Composers try to capture the sounds of nature through music.  Storms, birds, streams, and more are explored by Beethoven in the masterful "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6.
Preview the music for the Nov. 10 concert at:
Beethoven annotated the beginning of each movement as follows:
  1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside)Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Szene am Bach (Scene by the brook)Andante molto mosso
  3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Merry gathering of country folk): Allegro
  4. Gewitter, Sturm (Thunder. Storm): Allegro
  5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Shepherd's song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm)Allegretto
Many will remember the Disney treatment which was controversial at the time:

Coal Creek by Sara Penny

Vivaldi's Seasons were based on poems and the music evokes harvest festivities and the horses and excitement of a hunt.

Autumn – Concerto in F Major
The peasant celebrates with song and dance the harvest safely gathered in.
The cup of Bacchus flows freely, and many find their relief in deep slumber.

Adagio molto
The singing and the dancing die away
as cooling breezes fan the pleasant air,
inviting all to sleep
without a care.

The hunters emerge at dawn,
ready for the chase,
with horns and dogs and cries.
Their quarry flees while they give chase.
Terrified and wounded, the prey struggles on,
but, harried, dies.

Sonnets for all movements:  

Music preview for Fall:

Complete Seasons starting with Spring:

Cedar Breaks columbines by Sara Penny

A gem of the opera repertoire:

Lakmé, Flower duet (Duetto) by Léo Delibes: duet video features Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca (Lakmé de Delibes)

Opera based in India. Lakme, and her servant, Malika go to the river and gather flowers with prayers for safety for Lakme's father.

Join the Orchestra of Southern Utah on Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Heritage Center for live performance of these classical masterpieces. More info:

Classical Halloween Music Appropriate for Families

Links for music and art projects.

Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz

Camille Saint-Saëns - Danse Macabre

Night On Bald Mountain - Fantasia (1941) (Theatrical Cut)

A few more Halloween favorites:
Mussorgsky - Gnomus (Pictures at an Exhibition)

Gayane's Adagio - Khachaturian
(a haunting and beautiful piece)

Aram Khachaturian - Masquerade

Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Pierre Monteux on youtube
Fantasia version from Disney:

Bazzini’s Dance of the Goblins

Friday, October 7, 2016

American Legacy Music: What Makes Music Sound American?

Powerful Horses by Wojtek Kwiatoski
Artist: William Robinson Leigh

Foul Rope by William Leigh 

American music represents all the people who have lived here.  To capture the spirit of the west Aaron Copland used "Hoedown" music for the finale of his famous music for the Rodeo ballet.


Agnes DeMille talks about creating American ballet.  
Jazz became an American art form with the merger of African rhythms and American melodies: Caravan by Duke Ellington adds middle Eastern melodies conjuring a camel caravan across the desert with jazz musical ideas:
Gabriel's Oboe is a particularly lovely piece which was used in the movie "The Mission"
John Philip Sousa wrote many iconic marches and here is the Free Lance March:

Maple Leaf Rag performed on pianola by composer Scott Joplin:

Maple Leaf Rag performed by small ensemble.  Music is transformed by which instruments are playing and a change of tempo and dynamics:
The Orchestra of Southern Utah performs all of these pieces on their opening concert Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  The concert includes performances by the Cedar High Advanced Orchestra and SUU Jazz Band.  More info:

poster design by Rollan Fell

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Community Music Builds Musical Family

For 20 years the Orchestra of Southern Utah has offered a recital series in Cedar City to showcase individuals and groups making all kinds of music.  We have heard all ages and music from Baroque to bluegrass.  Below are links to a few favorite performances. Join us each Tuesday in Sept. for recitals.

OSU musician Chelsea Gardner with her son and a lovely Irish lullaby:

Go Over the Rainbow with Village Voices:

Kendra Leavitt on harp and Virginia Stitt on flute perform two Irish folk tunes:

Down in the Valley to Pray with In Jubilo women's chorus and photographs of Southern Utah:

Schubert piano music performed by Christian Bohnenstengel with scenic photos:

"Stars" from Les Miserables performed by Jacob Pohsander with images from the Hubble telescope:

Adrienne Read uses her flute for a Great Train Race

Fang Shen and Nina Hansen perform a Ragtime Dance by Scott Joplin with cello duet:

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