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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NEWS: SUU's Department of Music Offers Free Ensemble Concerts in November

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: From the lush sounds of violins to rousing brass, SUU's Department of Music offers a variety of free music recitals that are open to the public. The concerts offer a diverse range of musical programs that are sure to entertain. All performances take place in Thorley Recital Hall in SUU?s Music Building and begin at 7:30pm.   

The SUU Woodwind and Brass Ensembles perform a joint concert on Monday, November 18th. Under the direction of Dr. Virginia Stitt, the Woodwind Ensemble performs Clara Schumann?s ?Praeludium and Fuga III,? a traditional ?Kerry Dance for Flute Choir,? Bernhard Crusell?s ?Duo No. 2 for 2 Clarinets,? sections of Terence O?Grady?s ?Twelve Trios? for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, ?The Galway Piper ? Irish Air? a traditional piece arranged by Mary Jean Simpson and ?Concerto in F major, Op. 8 No. 4? by J.C. Pepusch. The evening also features two saxophone quartets lead by Dr. Thomas Herb, ?Adios Nonino? by Astor Piazolla and ?Smiles and Chuckles? by Frank H. Klickmann. The program also includes performances by the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Adam Lambert.

On Tuesday, November 19th, the SUU String Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Xun Sun, performs a program that includes Georg P. Telemann?s ?Concerto in C major for Four Violins,? two works by Antonín Dvo?ák: ?Slavonic Dance Op. 46 No. 8,? and ?Dumka (Elegie)?, Jeffrey Bishop?s ?Orange Jam? and ?Along the River? by Elena R. Lucas.

Under the direction of Dr. Lynn Vartan, the SUU Percussion Ensemble offers a diverse and pulsating program of unique works on Monday, November 25th. The program includes performances of Carlos Rafael Rivera's ?Cumba-Quin,? the stunning 2nd movement of Maurice Ravel's ?F Major String Quartet? arranged for marimba quartet, the raucous ?Tin Play? for four players on drums and tin cans and ?Sweet Dreams Elizabeth Lee,? a beautiful choral style piece.

Take this opportunity to enjoy the glorious sounds created by SUU Music Ensembles by attending an entertaining variety of free student concerts in November. Don?t miss these exceptional evenings of music. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/pva/arts.

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 new 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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