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A Very English Evening: Songs of Britain @ Southern Utah University, Dept of Music (Cedar City: Feb. 27)

FEBRUARY 27, 2013 

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT: It’s a program that royalty would approve of. SUU’s Department of Music presents A Very English Evening: Songs of Britain, an SUU Choral Concert, scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the performance begins at 7:30pm at Cedar City’s Heritage Center TheaterOpus, SUU’s Chamber Choir, and Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kevin L. Baker, as well as the Women’s Choir, under the direction of Sara Guttenberg, will perform songs by various British composers. Why, the cast of Downton Abbey would relish such a concert.

Tickets are $6 for Adults$4 for SUU faculty/staff and $3 for youth. SUU students are free with a valid I.D. card. For tickets, call or visit the SUU Ticket Office in the Centrum Arena at (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or purchase online at www.suu.edu/pva. Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the performance.

The British-themed evening will feature a variety of works by distinguished English composers ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Benjamin Britten. The Concert Choir performs In Windsor Forest, a five-movement cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams from his opera, Sir John in Love, which is based on Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Opus, SUU’s Chamber Choir, performs Fair Phyllis by John Farmer,Awake Sweet Love by John Dowland, You Are the New Day arranged by Peter Knight, Hard By a Chrystal Fountain by Thomas Morley, Lift Boy by Benjamin Britten, and the Finale from The Gondoliers by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. 

SUU’s Women’s Choir offers such wonderful British fare as Though Philomela Lost Her Love and Love Learns by Laughing, which are two of Thomas Morley’s Canzonets for Three Voices. In addition, the women perform Richard Goodall’s The Lord is My Shepherd (known to many as the theme song for BBC’s popular sitcom The Vicar of Dibley), Edward Elgar’s The Snow which features the choir, piano and two violinists, Katie Lee and Kezia Brown. The women’s program also includes C.H.H. Parry’s To Diana, conducted by SUU junior Karyn Child and Benjamin Britten’s A Tragic Story from Friday Afternoons, op. 7.     

Enjoy a harmonious trip to the British Isles without leaving Utah. Your presence is kindly requested at A Very English Evening: Songs of Britain.   

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at 

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