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Monday, April 18, 2011

"Beverly Sorenson Young Artist Concert" @ Utah Chamber Artists (SLC: May 2)


“The Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Concert”
May 2, 2011 Libby Gardner Concert Hall 7:30 PM

Press Contact: Becky Durham
801.572.2010 or info@utahchamberartists.org
Photos and bios available upon request.

Salt Lake City - Utah Chamber Artists presents its annual Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Concert on Monday May 2nd 2011. The program begins at 7:30 PM in Libby Gardner Concert Hall and features pianist Richard Marshall performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.

This is the final concert of the 2010-2011 season – MILESTONES – during which the ensemble has celebrated its 20th anniversary. In the spirit of looking back over the last 20 years, Bradford has chosen to showcase Richard Marshall who spent most of those years as the ensemble’s pianist. He began accompanying the choir and soloing in the Collage Concerts at age fifteen. The Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Concert will reflect on Richard’s time with us when he was a “young artist” and celebrate the course his career has taken. Marshall is now studying with world-renowned concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University where he just completed his master’s program in piano performance. Just recently Marshall received the news that he was selected among 200 doctoral candidates – the only pianist - to continue with Dr. Parker in the doctoral program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice. As he anticipates the concert Marshall says, "It has been a lifelong dream of mine to perform with the Utah Chamber Artists orchestra under the baton of Barlow Bradford. A concert pianist at any level could hardly wish for a more artistically rewarding and quality performance experience. I'm particularly excited to be performing the Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto, not only for its incomparable music, but also because Barlow is the person who first introduced it to me."

During the second half of the concert the musicians continue to reflect on their 20 years of making music. Bradford focuses on the music of various composers and arrangers who have developed a close relationship with the ensemble over the years. Utah Chamber Artists’ first commission went to J.A.C. Redford in 1993. The choir and orchestra will premiere two new pieces written – his fourth commission for UCA - from “Morning Canticles” on this concert. Redford is an accomplished composer of concert, chamber and choral music, film and television scores, and music for the theater. His works have been performed by Cantus, The Debussy Trio, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, Los Angeles Master Chorale, St. Martin's Chamber Choir, and the Utah Symphony. He has written the scores for more than three dozen feature films, TV movies or miniseries, including The Trip to Bountiful, Oliver & Company, Newsies, What the Deaf Man Heard and Mama Flora’s Family. He has composed the music for nearly 500 episodes of series television, including multiple seasons of Coach and St. Elsewhere (for which he received Emmy® nominations). Redford is delighted to compose for UCA during their 20th year. "The sound is luscious and the musicianship of the highest caliber: what more could a composer want? It has been an honor and a joy to work with Barlow and UCA since our first fortuitous collaboration in 1993."

Other close friends and collaborators of Utah Chamber Artists whose music will be performed on the concert are Robert Cundick, Bernell Hales, Dale Warland and Tarik O’Regan.

Tarik O’Regan: “Care Charminge Sleepe”
Robert Cundick: “To Utah”
Dale Warland: “Always Singing”
Bernell Hales: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”
Barlow Bradford: “Two Pieces from Leaves of Grass”

This is the third “Beverley Sorenson Young Artists Concert.” Utah Chamber Artists established these concerts in Beverley Sorenson’s name to demonstrate their gratitude for her generosity and enthusiastic support of music in the community. Beverley’s tireless dedication to bringing the joy of the arts to young people has flowered into the meaningful successes of art works for kids!. In addition, Beverley has also been a devoted proponent of Utah Chamber Artists and has championed their music for twenty years. The UCA musicians are examples of what the impact of the arts can have on individuals when a love of music is nurtured through the early years on into adulthood.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased by visiting utahchamberartists.org or by calling Kingtix at 801-581-7100. Adult’s: $15.00 Students: $10.00 Family of six – 2 adults, four children: $50.00. Service charges will apply.

Parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium with a shuttle that will run beginning at 6:30 PM.


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