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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

NEWS: Alt Press Fest Hits Salt Lake City Public Library for the Fourth Year

Local Artists, Musicians, Zinesters and Screenprinters showcase their work

June 26, 2012?Salt Lake City?Utah is home to a vibrant scene of gifted artists, musicians, writers, and screenprinters. For the fourth year in a row, these skilled artisans bring their talents and wares to Salt Lake City Public Library for workshops, demonstrations, performances, and purchase. From 3-9pm on July 7, the public is invited to experience some of the best that Utah has to offer in alternative press.

Headlining this year?s festival are Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson, well known for their DIY book, Whatcha Mean, What?s a Zine? and the graphic novel Unlovable. Watson and Todd have completed eight books together, and have a broad sphere of expertise as authors, artists, and zinesters. Todd and Watson will be speaking as well as leading workshops at the festival.

Joining Watson and Todd is an eclectic group of performers, writers, and artists, including Mandate Press, Spirit Master, Night Sweats, University of Utah?s Book Arts Program, Jess Smart Smiley, Lars Love Letters, and many, many more.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Be certain to stop by The City Library?s Canteena and search through the massive zine collection, one of the largest in the world. For additional information on the Alt Press Fest, and a complete listing of participants, visit www.facebook.com/altpressfest or www.slcpl.org.

Big Band Swing Era hits by Junction City Big Band @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center ( West Valley City 07/09/12)

Junction City Big Band brings the Golden Age of Swing

WHAT: Big Band Swing Era hits by Junction City Big Band, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

WHEN: Monday, July 9, 2012

WHERE: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, WVC, UT 84119.

WHO: Everyone is invited to this FREE concert.

WHY: Come experience the sounds of Glen Miller, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and other great swing era bands of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Junction City Big Band is a full 16-piece orchestra, and your ticket to an evening of the classic arrangements and instrumentation that defined a generation. Bring your dancing shoes for this indoor concert.

For more information about this and other events or exhibits at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, call 965-5100, or visit www.culturalcelebration.org.

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Michael Christensen, Folklorist/Cultural Specialist

West Valley City | Utah Cultural Celebration Center

1355 West 3100 South

West Valley City, Utah 84119

(801) 965-5108




SALT LAKE CITY – June 25, 2012 – Ballet West has been awarded a Fellowship Initiative grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, to support the development of new choreography in a studio setting. The choreographer will be Christopher Ruud.

Peter Martins, Founder and Artistic Director of the Institute, states: “The Fellowship is meant to help ballet companies to create an environment in which a choreographer can develop ideas without the pressure of stage production. The Institute is committed to classical choreographers who will be creating works for the future.”

Ruud’s new work – Strum – features three separate sections for three different couples each performed in a different style. Strum is set to Manuel M. Ponce’s “Preambulo and Allegro vivo,” performed by Christopher Parkening; “Bana Mali” by Bob Brozman and Debashish Bhattacharya; and “Sweet Little Angel” by B.B. King.

“It is so seldom that new choreographers are afforded this kind of chance to create,” said Ruud. “It is an honor and privilege to be granted this fellowship and to receive this extraordinary opportunity.”

A native of San Francisco, Ruud began his training at the San Francisco Ballet School. There he studied for seven years before training at the University of Utah Ballet Department. Christopher joined Ballet West in 1998, was promoted to Soloist in 2001 and Principal in 2004. He begins full time as Director of Ballet West II in July 2012.

Ruud debuted his first choreographic work, One, on Ballet West’s first annual Innovations program in 2008. For Innovations 2011, he premiered Trapped, a work he refers to as a catalyst for him to embark on a career in choreography.

“I nominated Christopher for this fellowship because I believe he has a significant future as a choreographer,” said Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute. “I have recognized Christopher’s many talents as an artist since I began with Ballet West, and after the artistic and critical success of his Trapped, I knew he had a significant future as a choreographer.”

Son of respected dancer and choreographer Tomm Ruud, Christopher is proud to be responsible for his father’s works. He has set and performed his father’s ballets, such as Mobile, for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, and continues to do so to date.

As a dancer with Ballet West, Ruud has toured throughout the United States and abroad including The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Chicago, multi-city tours in China and in Scotland at the Edinburgh International Festival. Some of his notable roles include Petruchio in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew, the Second Pas de Deux in Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances, William Forsythe's Artifact II and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort, Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels, Hans van Manen's Solo, Ferdinand in Michael Smuin’s The Tempest, the role of Earth Father in Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring and Oberon in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. Christopher has performed the principal roles in multiple versions of such classics as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, La Sylphide and Romeo and Juliet. He has also danced leading roles in works by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Antony Tudor, Val Caniparoli, Ben Stevenson, Hans van Manen, John Butler, Ronald Hynd, Nicolo Fonte and Ted Brandsen. Christopher’s Balanchine credits include Liza in Who Cares?, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brillante, the First Aria in Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Melancholic and Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, El Capitan in Stars and Stripes and the principal in Theme and Variations. Recently he has had works created on him by Nicolo Fonte in The Immeasurable Cadences Within, Helen Pickett in But Never Doubt I Love and Charlotte Boye-Christensen in Row.

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“Strum” was initially developed by a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet.

NEWS: Craft Lake City Now Accepting Applications for Performers and Food Vendors

SALT LAKE CITY, Friday, June 22 - Craft Lake City is currently accepting applications for performers and food vendors for the fourth annual Craft Lake City, taking place on Saturday, August 11 at the Gallivan Center.

Applications for both performers and food vendors will be accepted until July 9, with announcements being made mid-July. There will be a $10 application fee, payable through PayPal, for either category.

Craft Lake City will once again feature two stages, featuring performances from local bands and dance troupes throughout the day. In addition to these performances, Craft Lake City is accepting application for street performers as well. To apply visit: www. craftlakecity.com/application

For 2012 Craft Lake City has extended its hours and will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. "Adding two additional hours to the festival will not only allow attendees to maximize their time visiting artisan booths, but will also allow us to include more performers throughout the day," says Festival Director Angela H. Brown.

This free outdoor event is open to the public and will feature 147 artisans showcasing unique and affordable wares such as handmade purses, jewelry, screen-printed paper goods, pottery and metal-work. In addition to the 147 announced artisans, Craft Lake City will showcase the work of D.I.Y. engineers-individuals creating robotics, bicycles, alternative energy ideas and LED lighting solutions. Between the two categories Craft Lake City 2012 will feature over 200 exhibitors.

About Craft Lake City: The Craft Lake City festival is an annual outdoor celebration of Utah´s DIY handmade culture. Held yearly in August at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, the festival features over 200 local artisans and DIY Engineers, along with live entertainment that includes demonstrations, street performers, musical acts, and local food vendors. Throughout the year, Craft Lake City organizes various events to keep the community active and aware of the local DIY culture and continues its support of local artisans, through workshops, demonstrations, gallery shows and fundraisers. Craft Lake City was started in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG Magazine, as a way to showcase the DIY community across the state. Craft Lake City has filed paperwork with the IRS and is awaiting non-profit 501 (c)(3) approval. For more information about Craft Lake City check out craftlakecity.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/Craft.Lake.City) and follow us on Twitter (@craftlakecity).

The Sprig of Thyme: British Folk Songs @ First Baptist Church (Salt Lake: 06/23)

n "Sprig of Thyme,"John Rutter has compiled a delightful collection of his folk song settings. Those familiar with Rutter's work will recognize his gift for lilting accompaniments, lovely melodic line, and engaging interplay between voices. Those hearing his music for the first time can sit back, relax, and enjoy it!

After a fun week of learning activities, our YoCA Kids' Camp will join the SCI Choir for this concert. What a great way to spend an evening with friends and family~ We hope you'll join us!

"The Sprig of Thyme: British Folk Songs"

Saturday, 7:30 pm

First Baptist Church

1300 East 777 South, SLC

Tickets: $5.00 at the door

And if you have a desire to learn the "ins and outs" of conducting, why don't you consider coming to this seminar next week? First-class instruction combined with individual attention is a great way to learn the art of conducting. For details, check out our website: saltlakechoralartists.org Just click on the SCI link.

Conversations in Culture exhibit at @ Bountiful/Davis Art Center (Bountiful, July 13 – September 21)

Conversations in Culture

No Boundaries: How Other Cultures Influence Art in Utah

June 14, 2012, Bountiful - Bountiful/Davis Art Center will host a new exhibit, ‘Conversations in Culture’ that will feature works by artists who live in the US but were born in another country or their travels to other cultures are reflected in their work. Works by Featured Artists for Summerfest 2012 will also be on display. These Summerfest Featured Artists will also have booths at Summerfest, August 9-11, Bountiful City Park. The exhibit will run July 13-Sept. 21, 2012, at Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 745 So. Main St. in Bountiful.

The focus of this themed exhibit is the celebration of diverse cultures through the arts. Some of the artists, though US citizens, were born in another country as noted below.

The exhibit will be in conjunction with Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International Art and Folk Festival scheduled in August, 2012.

There will be an opening reception on July 13, 7-9 pm, free to the public.

2012 Featured Summerfest Artists:

Paul Twitchell, USA- wildlife artist, watercolors

Yevgeniy Zolotsev, Russia- watercolors, oils

Nile Fahmy, born in Germany to an Irish mother and Egyptian father- Tinker

Seth Garner, USA: Emerging Artist - Viewmont High School student who won the Best of Show in the recent High School exhibit at BDAC, 2012

Other Participating Artists:

Rudofo Juarez, Mexico

Van Chu, Viet Nam, photographic work

Jon Bouhwuis, photography, USA

Carl Oelerich, photography, USA

Pilar Pobil, Spain,paintings, recently featured at the Utah Arts Festival

Michael Melik, Soviet- sculpture and paintings

Suzanne Tornquist,USA, paintings depicting Native Americans

Yilhin Chan, China,paintings

Jou Jou Prochaska, Syria, paintings, jewelry

JJ Galicia, Mexico-metal relief work

JJ Galicia, 2011 Summerfest award winner

Katie Mann, USA-photographs taken in the Dominican Republic and his daughter Carolina

Marilyn Whitaker, USA- sketches from a recent trip to Africa

Theresa Otteson, USA – oil paintings of Summerfest dancers

Katsuko Hill, Japan, paintings

Jimmy Lucero, Mexico, paintings

Radford Cuch: Native American, paintings

Eruera ‘Ed’Napia: New Zealand, clay

Summerfest Dates:

August 8: Street Dance/StreetFeast on Main Street in Bountiful 6pm-9pm. This event features performances by international groups from Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Croatia, Siberia, Colombia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and India. The public will be asked to participate in the dancing. Additionally, restaurants will be on hand for a StreetFeast (formerly Taste of the Town). Tickets are $1/each and can be redeemed at any of the food booths who will have offerings from $1 -$5 for various food selections.

Participating restaurants: Boba World – Shanghai Cuisine, Plates and Palates, Cutler’s, China Platter, Souties, Scoopology, Twisted Lemon, Eatery 1025,

A Little Bite of Heaven…and more!

Painting by Pilar Pobil, Spain

August 9: Opening Ceremonies of Summerfest at Bountiful City Park, 6-10pm.

August 10-11: Festival at the park from 11am-10pm

Summerfest features international performers on the Main Stage, local performers on the Sound Stage, artist booths, ethnic food booths, KUED Kids Art Yard. This year the major sponsors of the festival are: Bountiful City, Zions Bank, Lakeview Hospital, KUED and CenturyLink.

For more information about this exhibit and other programs of Bountiful/Davis Art Center, call 801 292-0367 or visit us online at www.bdac.org http://www.bdac.org/ email: info@bdac.org

NEWS: Craft Lake City Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Celebration of the Hand

Craft Lake City and The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change are excited to announce that the Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Campaign has been launched!

Craft Lake City is bringing the handiwork of local artisans to the streets in the form of a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, "Celebration of the Hand." Twelve Craft Lake City participants will create outdoor works of art utilizing permanent steel frames (known as plakats) installed adjacent to the sidewalks in downtown Salt Lake City on the north and south sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. Artisans will install their works from July 13 to 15, with the show opening on July 20, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Participants are donating their time for the creation and installation of the works and we do not want them to carry the financial burden for their materials alone. We need your support to ensure that the artisans do not have to pay out-of-pocket for the cost of their plakat supplies.

"Celebration of the Hand" is an exciting opportunity for artisans to not only get their work seen by thousands of new viewers, but it´s also a chance for them to beautify the streets of the city in which they live. We are confident that their creations will spark imaginations and inspire creativity amongst the community. The Plakat installations will be free for anyone to view and interact with, and can be seen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout summer and early fall.

We would like to reach out to you and ask you to share and support these artists in this exciting new venture by clicking this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftlakecity/celebration-of-the-hand and seeing what Celebration of the Hand is all about.
We are extremely excited about the direction of this project and we cannot wait to share the exhibit with the city of Salt Lake.

Thank you for any and all support.

The Craft Lake City Team

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NEWS: City Library Joins Leading Library Systems to Call For Better Service for E-Book Users

June 14, 2012 – SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Library System has joined over 70 leading library systems from the United States and Canada to call for vastly improved e-book services for their users.

The coalition of libraries – that serve approximately 50 million users -- have signed a joint statement calling on e-content providers to follow four basic principles that would give the public a better, less cumbersome experience accessing e-books, and lift burdensome restrictions that limit what libraries can actually offer. The statement and a list of participating libraries are available at http://readersfirst.org. 

“The City Library firmly agrees with the principles outlined in the statement because e-books and digital content have become a critical part of our collection,” said Deborah Ehrman, Associate Director for The City Library. “We are allocating more of our budget towards e-books as more users demand them. Now more than ever, ensuring easy access for our users is critical.”

Unlike print books, publishers do not sell e-books directly to libraries. Instead, libraries purchase e-books from distributors. These middlemen deliver content through proprietary catalogs and control the user experience separate from the library’s online catalog. “The result is an often confusing, cumbersome, and frustrating experience for our patrons,” said Ehrman.

The City Library began offering e-books in 2011. Since then, library users are downloading an average of 5,000 titles every month. The library expects downloads to continue to increase; since January 2012, an average of 18 new users have registered for the e-book lending service per day.

“In order for libraries to continue to function as key providers of information to the public, basic principles must be followed,” the Readers First statement said. “The libraries who signed this agreement are committed to holding content providers to this standard, and will prioritize these requirements when acquiring e-books and other e-content.”

Grant Applications @ The St. George Arts Commission (Deadline July 18)

The St. George Arts Commission will be accepting grant applications for the 2012/2013 fiscal year June 18 through July 18, 2012.  Applications and guidelines are available online at http://www.sgcity.org/arts/artscommission/grants.php

NEWS: Utah Public Artwork One of Top 50 in Nation

SALT LAKE CITY — The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network’s Year in Review has selected the art installation by Susan Narduli at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake as one of the top 50 public artworks in the United States for 2011.

Narduli’s work, titled “Land and Time,” is a multimedia, site-wide installation that begins outside with etched concrete sidewalks and continues just inside the museum’s main entrance with faceted walls displaying real-time data projections. This project makes use of mapping – both literally and conceptually – to contemplate how we perceive, depend on and understand our environment. It draws first upon what we can readily see in our immediate surroundings, and then makes visible the profound forces that underlie and shape that physical world.

Images of the artwork can be found online at this link:

Americans for the Arts Public Art Network’s Year in Review recognizes public art projects that represent the most compelling work from across the country, and is the only national program that specifically recognizes and awards public art projects for outstanding excellence.

“This piece is a classic illustration of the beautiful and engaging work that is integral to so many state facilities throughout Utah,” said Director of Utah Arts & Museums Margaret Hunt. “We’re delighted to have national recognition of this innovative artwork.”

Utah’s Public Art Program worked with an art selection committee representing the museum, the University of Utah, the Division of Facilities Construction and Management, the architects, Utah Arts Council Board members and visual artists in reviewing 205 applications from all across the country and selecting Narduli for the commission.

Utah’s Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art Act. This statute allows for 1% of construction costs for new or remodeled state facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site-specific to the facility and community. To date, more than 200 works have been placed in state facilities statewide. For more information, visit utahpublicart.org or contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.533.3585.

About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

Ha: Breath of Life @ Polynesian Cultural Center (Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City: July 19-20)

WHAT:           The Utah Cultural Celebration Center proudly presents the one-hour traveling version of the Polynesian Cultural Center's latest production Ha: Breath of Life.  Rich in culture, the production includes Samoan Cultural Specialist Kapp Te'o Tafiti--an audience favorite. The award-winning show features original musical compositions and dance choreography from New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the PCC is Hawaii's #1 paid tourist attraction since 1963.
WHEN:          Thursday, July 19
Gates open at 7:00
                        Ha: Breath of Life at 8:00 p.m.

                        Friday, July 20
Gates open at 7:00
                        Ha: Breath of Life at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Utah Cultural Celebration Center
                        Outdoor Amphitheater
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, Utah 84119

TICKETS:     $10

Tickets may be purchased at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center or at the night of the show on a first come, first served basis.  Regular business hours are Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or by arrangement.  801-965-5100. Everyone must have a ticket for admission. 
STORY:         This is every man’s story, told through the life of a Polynesian man named Mana. Journey along with young Mana as he is born out of the turmoil of a capsized canoe, washed upon the shores of life to find his way. He and his parents find refuge in Tonga and learn the importance of community. Little Mana celebrates his early years of life in Hawai‘i with the customary birthday lū‘au marking his survival in the world. We next see Mana as a young boy in Aotearoa, or New Zealand, where he is growing and becoming a young man. As he comes upon a beautiful maiden named Lani in Samoa, he learns about falling in love and earning the acceptance of her family. With love comes marriage and soon Mana and Lani are taking their vows in the romantic setting of Tahiti. War touches their lives in Fiji and Mana is saddened by the death of his father. The story begins again with the celebration of life as Mana and Lani welcome their new baby into the world.

PCC FACTS:          
         The PCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year (2013), with an alumni evening show featuring performers from 1963-today.
         In 2009 the PCC launched an incredible new $3 million night show in Hawaii, “Ha, Breath of Life,” featuring more than 100 Polynesian performers.
       The PCC will perform in Utah two days only (July 19 and 20) giving the public an inside look at the award-winning night show.
       Since 1963, the PCC has entertained more than 36 million visitors while preserving and portraying the culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia.
       As a nonprofit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue is used for daily operations and to support education.
       For more info, visit www.polynesia.com or www.habreathoflife.com.

                        For more information about this production or other events or exhibits at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, please call 801-965-5100 or visit www.culturalcelebration.org

NEWS: USUO offers free summer concerts to thank Salt Lake community

SALT LAKE CITY –Utah Symphony | Utah Opera will once again present a free summer concert series to thank Salt Lake communities for supporting government funding programs that benefit USUO.

Three performances, conducted by Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, will be offered at various Salt Lake area venues from June 28 to July 12, in appreciation of the community’s support of the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund (ZAP), and the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) which provide funding to USUO and other similar organizations and make various outreach programs and artistic efforts of USUO possible.

Two Utah Symphony performances, offered with gratitude for ZAP funding, will take place at Taylorsville Valley Regional Park (5100 S. 2700 W.) on June 28 at 8 p.m. as part of the annual Taylorsville Dayzz festival and at Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple) on July 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Abravanel Hall performance will also serve as a benefit event for The Road Home, a private non-profit social service agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. Both concert programs will include favorite symphonic tunes such as Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and various excerpts from popular John Williams movie scores.

An RDA recognition concert presented by USUO will take place in the newly renovated Gallivan Plaza (239 S. Main Street) on July 12 at 7:30 p.m., and will feature various opera hits performed by the Utah Symphony and several guest vocalists, including Utah native Celena Shafer, who most recently performed with Utah Opera as Gilda in the January 2012 production of “Rigoletto.” In 2003, RDA partly funded the renovation of the Utah Opera Production Studios, home of Utah Opera’s costume shop, rehearsal facilities, coaching studios, dance studio and administrative offices. The facility also serves as a gathering place for community groups and other non-profits, and allows Utah Symphony | Utah Opera to rehearse and prepare for its extensive educational and outreach programs that serve the community at large.

Although admission is free to each of these events, tickets are required for the July 2 performance at Abravanel Hall and can be obtained by calling (801)533-NOTE or by visiting the Abravanel Hall Ticket Office.

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June 28 | 8 PM Taylorsville Valley Regional Park
Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor

Star Spangled Banner
Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
Armed Forces Salute
I. The Caissons Song (Army)
II. Sempre Paratus (Coast Guard)
III. Marine's Hymn
IV. The U.S. Air Force Song (Wild Blue Yonder)
V. Anchors Aweigh (Navy)
Kenneth J. Alford
Colonel Bogey March
George Frideric Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks
VI.  La Réjouissance
Rodgers & Hammerstein
South Pacific Symphonic Scenario
John Williams
Star Wars Suite for Orchestra
I. Main Title


Leonard Bernstein
Overture to Candide
John Williams
Raiders March
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"1812", Ouverture Solonnelle, Opus 49
Utah Symphony Benefits the Road Home
July 2 | 7:30 PM Abravanel Hall
Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor

Star Spangled Banner
Kenneth J. Alford
Colonel Bogey March
George Frideric Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks
VI.  La Réjouissance
Aaron Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man

"El Salón México"
John Williams
Raiders March

Olympic Fanfare and Theme (1984 Los Angeles Olympics)


Leonard Bernstein
Overture to Candide
Igor Stravinsky
Suite from The Firebird (1919 revision)
I. Introduction and Dance of the Firebird
II. Dance of the Princesses
III. Infernal Dance of King Kastchei
IV. Berceuse
V. Finale

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Night at the Gallivan Center 
July 12 | 7:30 PM Gallivan Plaza
Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
Guest Vocalists, TBA


Since his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Kulenovic has conducted performances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein, Aspen Music Festival AACA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Indian Hill Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Conductors' Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Institute Symphony Orchestra and Boston Conservatory Orchestra.                

Mr. Kulenovic studied with Kurt Masur at the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in New York in 2008 and 2009, as well as at the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, where his final performance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra was internationally televised on Medici TV.  Mr. Kulenovic spent the summer of 2010 as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also conducted in other prestigious music festivals worldwide, including the National Arts Centre Conducting Programme, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie in Salzburg.

Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the prestigious Alfred B. Whitney Prize for the highest scholastic achievement at the Boston Conservatory where he graduated summa cum laude, as valedictorian, earning degrees in Conducting and Piano Performance.  As a pianist, Mr. Kulenovic was awarded the Second Prize at the Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris.


Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances which engage, educate and enrich lives. The Utah Symphony, which performs at Abravanel Hall, and Utah Opera, which performs at the Capitol Theatre, reach 450,000 citizens in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 200,000 students annually. The organization employs 60 staff and 83 full-time musicians, presenting four full operas and more than 70 symphony performances in each regular season as well as a summer season at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. For more information please visit www.usuo.org.