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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Utah Chamber Artists Christmas Concert @ Utah Chamber Artists (SLC, Dec. 9, 7:30 PM)

SALT LAKE CITY ? This holiday season, Barlow Bradford and Utah Chamber Artists celebrate both Christmas and the centenaries of two composers: Benjamin Britten and Witold Lutoslawski. 
The evening's first featured work is Britten?s ?Ceremony of Carols? for SATB choir and harp. Based on 15th and 16th century poems, Britten composed these pieces while crossing the Atlantic aboard a ship in 1942. They evoke an almost austere quality while, at the same time, conveying a sweet simplicity. Their haunting mystery and awe leave the listener in a state of wonderment that has made this piece a favorite of the Christmas season.
Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski was also born in 1913. The choir and orchestra will perform selections from ?Twenty Polish Christmas Carols?. Lutoslawski is regarded as one of the major European composers of the 20th century and one reviewer went so far as to say of his carols: ?These are some of the most beautiful creations for voices and orchestra in the repertoire?.  We look forward to sharing Lutos?awski?s interpretation of these revered Polish carols with our audience.
The audience can also look forward to the premiere of two carols by Dr. Bradford and the audience will be asked to join the choir and orchestra in a couple of familiar carols. As always the audience is invited meet the musicians while enjoying cookies and punch in the Bastian Atrium.
This concert always sells out and so we encourage patrons to buy tickets early to avoid purchase and will call lines. Ticket prices go up the day of the concert.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Kingtix, 801-581-7100 or by going to utahchamberartists.org.
Early bird prices - Adults: $15.00  Students $10.00 plus service charge
Day of the concert ? Adults $17.50  Students $12.00 plus service charge

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