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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ORCHESTRA @ Southern Utah University, Department of Music (9/28 Cedar City)

WHAT:              They are young, fledgling musicians from high schools across the intermountain west – and they are coming to Southern Utah University. SUU’s Department of Music hosts High School Honor Orchestra which culminates with a free concert.
WHO:               Southern Utah University, Department of Music
WHEN:             Saturday, September 28, 2013
TIME:               5pm
WHERE:           Thorley Recital Hall, SUU’s Music Building, Cedar City, UT.
PRICES:           Free and open to the general public. 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Fledgling musicians from high schools across the intermountain west are heading to Southern Utah University for a rich musical experience. SUU’s Department of Music hosts the High School Honor Orchestra which culminates with a free concert at Thorley Recital Hall in SUU’s Music Building on Saturday, September 28, 2013. This concert begins at a special time, 5pm and the public is invited to attend.
The High School Honor Orchestra features outstanding students from numerous high schools in Utah, Arizona and Nevada. The students are nominated by their school’s orchestra directors. The students will come to SUU for a series of clinics and work under the direction ofDr. Xun Sun, SUU Associate Professor/Director of Orchestral Activities, and alongside members of the SUU Symphony Orchestra. Guest artist Jack Ashton, violinist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, will oversee select clinics.
The program for the free concert will include performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg No. 3 Finale and selections from Jean Sibelius’ Andante Festivo 
Dr. Xun Sun serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at Southern Utah University, and teaching duties include conducting the SUU Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. In addition, he teaches courses in Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Applied Instruction of Violin at the Music Department. Dr. Sun has continually broadened his professional career as an orchestral conductor. He recently conducted the world premiere of the dance drama Dream of Helen, a co-production between SUU and China’s Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre. He conducted the world renowned China Philharmonic Orchestra in recording a new CD, America Journey, featuring music by composers Marshall McDonald and Steve Nelson. In 2007, he was invited to conduct the Lviv Philharmonic in the 8th International Contemporary Music Festival in Ukraine. He has conducted numerous operas including productions of SusannaHansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. Dr. Sun continues to teach the master classes in conducting in Hunan, China. He serves as the Music Director/Conductor of the Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU) and has made many appearances over the years in OSU’s concert series and educational programs. Under his leadership, the OSU performed the world premiered the symphonic Spanish Trail Suite by Marshall McDonald and Steve Nelson. Born in the city of Taiyuan, China, Dr. Sun began his formal music training and violin studies at Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China at age 11 through the government's scholarship program for exceptional music students. This substantial music training led him to successful graduate studies in United States. Under the Evelyn Ryan Nelson Concertmaster Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music, he earned a master’s degrees in Instrumental Conducting and Violin Performance from the conservatory of UMKC, and Doctor Degree in Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York.
Jack Ashton was a violinist in the Utah Symphony for 49 years, former assistant principal 2nd violin, though now retired. He is the founder and director of Young Artist Chamber Players organization which comprises of four string orchestras that perform concerts at venues throughout Utah and southern Idaho. The young string players of various levels rehearse and perform with their musical peers. Ashton was Music Chairman of the Olympus High Music Department for 10 years and adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Snow College. He has performed at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Rose Wagner Concert Auditorium, Abravanel Hall, The Assembly Hall on Temple Square, Springville Art Museum, BYU Art Museum, SUU’s Thorley Recital Hall, Westminster College and the St. George Tabernacle.
Don’t miss this special concert featuring the region’s finest young musicians. For information on SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts events, call Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800 or visit www.suu.edu/arts.
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) 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, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and SUU’s Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the CPVA, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail atcpvamktg@suu.edu.

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