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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CONCERTS FOR CHRISTMAS SEASON @ Salt Lake Choral Artists (SLC: Dec 14-15, 21-22)

Contact Jennifer Hughes Telephone (801) 691-8356
Email jennifer.hughes@saltlakechoralartists.org Website www.saltlakechoralartists.org



SALT LAKE CITY (November 19, 2013) – Salt Lake Choral Artists are ringing in the Christmas season this year with concerts for everyone in a variety of locations. On December 14 and 15, SLCA Vocal Artists and Park City Singers are performing together for audiences in Salt Lake and Park City. On December 21, SLCA combined choirs sing in a not-to-be-missed holiday concert in Salt Lake, and December 22 concerts round out the performances with Women's Choir and Chamber Choir at Temple Square.

Park City Singers Join with SLCA Vocal Artists
Dr. Brady Allred said, “Vocal Artists are thrilled to collaborate this year with Park City Singers and their conductor Debra Cook for a concert featuring Music of the Holiday Season.” The evening will feature audience favorites like “Sleigh Ride,” “Sussex Carol,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and “Still, Still, Still.” The performance in Salt Lake will be December 14, 7:30 p.m., at All Saints Episcopal Church. The following evening, December 15, at 7:00 p.m., Park City residents will be treated to the program locally at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Tickets for this event will be sold online, at the door, and at select locations in Park City.

Seven Combined SLCA Choirs Present Holiday Concert Extravaganza
On December 21, Young Choral Artists, Men's Ensemble, Youth Honor Choir, and Women's Chorus will join Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Salt Lake Vocal Artists to showcase the voices of hundreds of singers, ages eight to 80, at “Welcome Christmas! Music of the Season for Choir, Harps & Organ.” The concert will be performed at a 2:00 matinee and again at 7:30 p.m. at Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus.

A special treat at this event is seven harpists who will accompany the choirs, including ShruDeLi Ownbey, harp teacher and director of Lyon & Healy West Harpmakers. Joining her are award-winning young harpists Maren Cline, Molly Langr, Melanie Harper, Emma DeMille, Bonnie Bennett, and Caroline Richards, who have performed around the world and placed in numerous harp competitions. Some of these multi-talented harpists will also be featured in short solo pieces throughout the concert.

From the glorious strains of harps and organ, to Robert Ray's "Gospel Magnificat," to the beloved "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Ken Darby, audiences will be delighted by the enormous variety of music. Benjamin Britten's “Ceremony of Carols," a holiday favorite for 70 years, will also be sung this year for only the second time in SLCA's ten-year history.

Dr. Allred noted, “Another highlight of the concert is a new arrangement of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' by Bob Chilcott, a former member of the King's Singers. This version is humorous, fun, and energetic. I know it will bring a chuckle each time you hear 'five gold rings' sung in a new style--from opera to gospel.”

Temple Square Mini Concerts Finish Holiday Season
Finishing up the concerts for the year, Salt Lake Choral Artists are delighted to be invited to sing again for the Christmas on Temple Square concert series. These three concerts, presented free of charge, will be on December 22 at 6:30 and 8:00 by Women's Choir, led by Dr. Jane Fjelsted, and at 8:30 by Chamber Choir, led by Dr. Allred. These mini concerts are a perfect way to experience a sampler of the beautiful Christmas music presented in earlier SLCA programs.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.saltlakechoralartists.org. Ticket information for the Park City concert only is at www.parkcitysingers.com.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hughes at (801) 691-8356, email
jennifer.hughes@saltlakechoralartists.org or visit http://www.saltlakechoralartists.org/presskit
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