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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jingle Bus Unveiling & Launch @ SLC Downtown Alliance (SLC, November 27, 2013)

Free holiday bus connects City Creek Center, Temple Square, The Gateway & Capitol Theatre launches for a second year.

Salt Lake City (November 26, 2013) – Holiday season visitors to downtown can hop-on and off the FREE holiday themed ride circulating between The Gateway, Temple Square, Capitol Theatre & City Creek Center. This is the second year the Jingle Bus will be provided by the Downtown Alliance.
Shoppers will find service especially useful to connect downtown’s two malls, as well as sightseers enjoying the abundant holiday lights and storefront window decorations.
Map available at downtowslc.org/jingle
7 days a week, FREE. 5 PM – 10 PM through Dec 28.

EVENT: Jingle Bus Unveiling & Launch.

WHEN:   Wednesday, November 27, 10 AM
WHERE: The Gateway, Rio Grande St. - Under the Bridge
WHO: Santa? Elves? Come and see who will unveil this holiday favorite.

Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-In @ Utah Symphony (SLC, November 30, 2013)

Maestro Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony in a
beloved Utah holiday tradition, Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-In, as the Utah Symphony Chorus and Utah
Opera resident artists join with the 2,000-voice audience chorus at Abravanel Hall November 30 and
December 1.

On Sat. Nov. 30 only, volunteers from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be seated with members of the
audience in the hall and lend their voices to the incredible chorus. In addition, around 75 singers from the
University of Utah will sing from their seats among the audience on Sun. Dec. 1. On both evenings, Utah
Opera Resident Artists will be featured soloists who share the stage with the orchestra and the Utah
Symphony Chorus, prepared by Symphony Chorus Director Barlow Bradford.

“Handel’s Messiah is a masterpiece that is truly inspiring,” said Maestro Thierry Fischer, “I look forward to
this great occasion when we join together as orchestra, chorus and audience members to perform such a
magnificent work.”

George Frideric Handel completed the score during a 24-day fury in the late summer of 1741 and by the
reactions of the Irish press during the rehearsals and 1742 Dublin premiere, it was clear that the
quickness of its creation did not speak to a lack of assured quality or effectiveness.

The practice of standing for the “Hallelujah” Chorus comes from a convenient, if completely speculative
legend. No one really knows for sure whether or not King George II stood for it in 1743, making it
necessary for all of his subjects to stand too and inadvertently setting a precedent. In fact, no one knows
for sure whether or not he was even at the performance. His reportedly spontaneous show of emotion
persists regardless. It is also interesting to note that, contrary to modern convention, Handel clearly
intended “Messiah” for the Easter observances rather than Christmas and the performances during his
day were always given in the spring.

The “Messiah” Sing-In marks the first event hosted by Utah Symphony Opera Latinos (SOL), a group
dedicated towards connecting Latino families in the Salt Lake City community through great live music.
Join Utah SOL for the “Messiah” Sing in on November 30th at 7pm. After the performance the group will
enjoy the lights at Temple Square. Call for special priced tickets of $10.00 per ticket. Utah SOL will have
a block of tickets reserved for the performance.

Call Shawn at 801-869-9046 for tickets or performance information.

Single tickets for the performance start at $10 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in
person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or online by visiting
www.utahsymphony.org. Those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are
subject to change and availability, and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.


About Abigail Levis, Lyric Mezzo Soprano
Named "Debut Artist of the Year" by the Joy in Singing Foundation, lyric mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis is
emerging as one of the most exciting young singers of today. The “Boston Musical Intelligencer” praised
her for her “dramatic style” and “high level of technical ability” in her performance in “Israel in Egypt” with the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony Hall. She is a recent graduate of the Vocal Arts program at
the Bard College Conservatory where she studied with Edith Bers and Dawn Upshaw. Ms. Levis has
appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, Ars Lyrica Houston, and the New York
Opera Exchange in addition to the Handel and Haydn Society. She is also the winner of several
competitions, including the 2012 Classical Singer Competition, the 2012 Oratorio Society of New York
Competition (second place), a 2012 Schuyler Grant, the 2011 Five Towns Music Competition in Long
Island, the 2011 Young Texas Artist competition, the 2010 University of Houston Concerto Competition,
the 2010 National Orpheus Vocal Competition. She is currently a Young Artist with Utah Opera.

About Tyson Miller, Tenor
Tenor Tyson Miller joins the 2013-2014 Utah Opera Resident Artist Program to perform the roles of Des
Grieux in “Fatal Song” and Gastone in “La Traviata”. His recent performances include Bob Boles in “Peter
Grimes” and the Governor in “Candide” at the Aspen Music Festival, preceded by his Lone Star Lyric
Opera debut singing Dorvil in “La scala di seta” and Florville in “Il signor Bruschino”. Holding a Master of
Music degree from Rice University, Mr. Miller was a studio artist with Central City opera and has
appeared at the CoOperative Opera Program. In 2009, Mr. Miller was awarded the Encouragement
award at the Southwest Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and in 2010 was granted
the Baylor University Thomas Stewart Award for Vocal Excellence. Additional appearances include
Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”, Alfred in “Die Fledermaus”, the Stage Manager in “Our Town”, and Mayor
Upfold in “Albert Herring”.

About Amy Owens, Soprano
Soprano Amy Owens, a native of Brookfield, Wisconsin, has performed throughout North America and
Europe in theater and recital settings. Operatic roles include Adele in “Die Fledermaus”, Despina in “Così
fan tutte”, Drusilla in “L’Incoronazione di Poppea”, Zerlina in “Don Giovanni”, and Olympia in “Les contes
d'Hoffmann”. She has performed with Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. She
earned a Master’s in Music from Rice University and Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University. As a
Utah Opera Resident Artist, Amy sang Papagena in “The Magic Flute” and covered Rosalba in “Florencia
en el Amazonas”. For Utah Opera this season, Amy will sing Annina in “La Traviata” and Blonde in “The
Abduction from the Seraglio”.

About Shea Owens, Baritone
Baritone Shea Owens, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is thrilled to be returning to Utah Opera as a Resident
Artist. He recently performed as an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera in the mountains of
Colorado. Mr. Owens has performed as a young artist with The Tanglewood Music Center, Wolf Trap
Opera, and Utah Festival Opera, and has made appearances with Utah Lyric Opera and Phoenix Opera.
Operatic roles include the title role in “Don Giovanni”, Papageno (“Die Zauberflöte”), Don Alfonso (“Così
fan tutte”), Eisenstein (“Die Fledermaus”), and the Villain roles in “Les contes d'Hoffmann”. Mr. Owens
earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University and his Master of Music degree
from Rice University. He enjoys performing on a regular basis with his wife, soprano Amy Owens.

The Utah Symphony presents
Handel’s Messiah Sing-In

Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Saturday November 30, 2013, 7:00 PM / Sunday December 1, 2013, 7:00 PM

Exhibit: Korean fine artist Young Sil Rho @ SUU’s Introduction to Art Gallery & Museum Studies (Cedar City, November 25, 2013–February 5, 2014)


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: SUU’s Introduction to Art Gallery & Museum Studies class will be sharing thirteen wonderful works of Korean fine artist Young Sil Rho. The general public is invited to attend this display of Rho’s yet-to-be-exhibited work. This exhibit will be on display from November 25th –February 1st with an open reception at 5:00pm on December 2nd on the Gerald R. Sherratt Library’s third floor. Refreshments will be served. 

Young Sil Rho began studying art in 1954 at the late Professor Chung Kyu's Art Studio in Korea.  She chose to pursue fine art  despite her mother's wishes for her to study medicine.  It was a challenge to pursue art without the blessing of her family, but the support she received from her mentors helped her realize her dream.  Rho’s dedication enabled her to have her work displayed in Korea’s prestigious 1958 National Art Exhibition.  Rho soon married, and spent most of her time in the 1960’s raising her family’s two children.  She resumed her work in the 1970’s, and in 1979, Rho held her first solo exhibition in New York City. Since then, she has been featured in several solo exhibitions abroad.  She has traveled and lived in Japan, America, and Europe with her family. 

One of these visits led Rho to Zion National Park, where she met a volunteer park ranger named Sunny Lee, a resident of Cedar City. At Lee’s suggestion, Rho decided to donate 40 of her paintings to the Southern Utah Museum of Art. These paintings are part of its permanent collection. 

Southern Utah Museum of Art (“SUMA”) is an experiential learning center for future arts leaders who serve the community through exhibitions, collections, preservation, and educational programming. SUMA, as part of the Beverly Taylor Sorensen Center for the Arts, will become the first nationally accredited art museum operated by graduate and undergraduate students in a shared research, learning, and applied environment mentored by the faculty, administration and staff of Southern Utah University. Groundbreaking for the new arts center will begin in the spring of 2014.

SUU’s Introduction to Art Gallery & Museum Studies Class introduces students to the theory and practice of museum work. It is designed to expose students to the various aspects of art gallery and museum studies and employment: collections, research, exhibits, interpretation education, administration, public relations, fund-raising, staffing and ethics.

Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is home to nationally-accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance. The College offers 17 degrees, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, professional Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre, and Arts Administration Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. It houses the Center for Shakespeare Studies, which offers a degree minor. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff teach and mentor over 550 arts majors. Over 1100 students enroll each year in more than 195 arts classes. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions annually.  Its 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 (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu

WHAT: Korean artist Young SIl Rho’s work will be displayed in SUU Gerald R. Sherratt Library, with a reception on December 2, 2013
WHO: Southern Utah University, Department of Art and Design
WHEN: Reception: Monday, December 2,  2013
Exhibit: November 25, 2013–February 5, 2014
TIME: 5:00pm (reception); please visit the Gerald R. Sherratt Library website for its hours  (http://www.li.suu.edu/page/hours), or call (435) 865-8240
WHERE: Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
INFO: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts
PRICES:  Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend. 

The Third Annual Connect Gala @ Utah Arts Alliance (Salt Lake City, December 13, 2013)

The Third Annual Connect Gala, at the Urban Arts Gallery
Event Celebrates 11 Months of Community Participation

Salt Lake City - November 25, 2013 – Peer reviewed, community art will showcase at this years black tie event, the Connect Gala, at the Urban Arts Gallery in the Gateway mall, December 13, 2013 from 7:00-9:00pm. $10.00 tickets will go towards the Utah Arts Alliance non-profit mission to foster the arts in all forms, and will help support UAA’s flagship community arts program, the monthlyConnect.

Few events in Utah celebrate the underground scene of art in the same way as the December Connect Gala. All art is local… Made by people you know… (or at least will likely run into)
How does it work? The art is gathered throughout the year at each monthly Connect event. Each event is open to the public and all artists are welcome to submit up to three pieces of their art.  At which point, artists and community vote for their favorite three pieces—as well the Urban Arts Gallery curator and a special guest critic select their favored pieces. The point being?
…to award peer reviewed grant money!
The December Connect Gala is UAA’s chance to give back to the top selected artists and for the community to invest in their arts community (the Gala is the only Connect event with a $10 ticket fee). The art is unique. There is a silent auction. There are refreshments. The crowd is YOUR community. The atmosphere is impeccable. It is a sincere hope that any art/community lover in Utah will come out and support this great, utterly unique program and join in the 3rd annual Connect Gala celebration.

The December Connect Gala, and Connect, are programs of Utah Arts Alliance [UAA], a nonprofit arts and community organization. UAA provides facilities, venues, and studios to house a variety of artists and art forms as well as offers programs, events, and services created to promote and establish artists in the community. UAA is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary, in 2013. Learn more at www.UtahArts.org

Connect is sponsored by Utah Cultural Alliance, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County ZAP program and the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. 

JOB: Call for Utah Artists (Deadline: Jan. 13, 2014)

Call for Utah Artists

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City’s public art program is announcing the fourth round of Flying Objects, a temporary public art project in downtown Salt Lake City, funded by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. Any artist residing in Utah is eligible to submit a proposal for this project. Each artist selected forFlying Objects 4.0 will receive a $5,000 honorarium for the loan of their artwork for the 2-year project period. The artworks will be returned to the artists at the end of the project.

The Salt Lake Art Design Board expects that the interpretation of Flying Objects will be as diverse as the artists who submit proposals for consideration.  The Design Board will select the twelve sculptures from the artists’ submissions with the following project goals in mind:
            To stage a series of sculptures to provide visual interest in downtown SLC;
            To curate a group of sculptures in a range of styles and mediums;
            To contribute a series of colorful and whimsical sculptures to the streetscape;
            To provide an opportunity for artists to create public art on a temporary basis.

The public art program will be responsible for determining the placement and installation of the sculptures and will provide the steel post on which the sculptures will be mounted. The new sculptures will be installed in August 2014.

The submission deadline is Monday, January 13, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. Each artist will be required to submit a letter of interest, a model of the proposed sculpture, a current résumé, and images of past work. For the complete Call for Artists visit: www.slcdocs.com/arts/flyingobjects.pdf.  Please call the Salt Lake City Arts Council at 596-5000, or send e-mail inquiries to roni.thomas@slcgov.com

A CHRISTMAS CAROL ON THE AIR @ SUU’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS & DANCE (Cedar City and St. George, December 5-7, Monday, December 9, Thursday, December 12, and Saturday, December 16)


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Brad Carroll and Peter Sham’s A Christmas Carol On The Air, a hilarious retelling of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, returns to Southern Utah this December! SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is pleased to present this regional holiday favorite Thursday-Saturday, December 5-7, Monday, December 9, Thursday, December 12, and Saturday, December 16 at the Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City. Curtain time is 7:30pm for Cedar City performances.

Dixie State University, St. George, Utah: Dixie State’s Cox Center for the Performing Arts will also host three performances, including 7:30pm shows on Friday and SaturdayDecember 13–14, as well as a 1:00pm matinee onSaturdayDecember 14

Originally created for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, A Christmas Carol on the Air was conceived and adapted from the Charles Dickens classic by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll with play and lyrics by Sham and score and music by Carroll. Sham and Carroll are the co-creators of the international hit Lend Me a Tenor the Musical. The show’s delightful premise is that the beloved holiday classic is hilariously retold in the style of a classic radio show, complete with atmospheric live sound effects, wacky backstage antics, and a team of lovely, harmony-singing "Carolettes." It's a behind-the-scenes story of radio actors and their own conflicts as they tell Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's reformation and redemption—all during a live broadcast. Christmas Carol On The Air is full of hilarity and harmony; and a wonderful new way for the entire family to get into the holiday spirit.

The cast is headed by Fred C. Adams in the role of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Appearing alongside of Adams are none other than Brad Carroll and Peter Sham, playing the roles of Stu and Chick Wright, heads of a fictional troupe, The Wright Brothers Radio Theatre, who travel from town to town creating old-time radio classics with the help of each town’s residents. The cast also includes Chuck Metten as Chuck, Jacob Marley, Fezziwig and various other roles, Michael Bahras Bob Cratchit and Dan Frezza as the Ghost of Charles Dickens. The harmonious Carolettes are embodied by Tatem Credille, Sceri Ivers, and Samantha Smith. Young Orlando Sham appears in the endearing role of Tiny Tim. Rounding out the company, the ensemble play multiple roles and these hard-working actors are Alex Allred, Trent Dahlin, Josh Durfey, Amber James, Darrah Jones, Redge Palmer, Carly Skankey, and Christopher Whiteside.  

Collaborating with Sham & Carroll on this holiday favorite are set designer Jennifer Christensen, costume coordinatorsKatrina Dransfield and Kristal Armistead, with “Ghost” costume designs by Katrina Dransfield, lighting designerBrian Swanson, sound designer Brad Gowers, propmaster Seth Burgess, and stage manager Errin Gropp.

Celebrate the holidays with this irresistible charmer directed by Brad Carroll, the man who staged Les Misérables andAnything Goes at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ticket prices for the Cedar City performances at the Randall L. Jones Theatre are: $10 General Admission; $8 SUU Faculty/Staff$5 Youth and free for SUU students with a valid ID. For tickets, call (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or purchase at the Centrum Arena box office. Tickets may be purchased online at www.suu.edu/arts.

Ticket Prices for the St. George performances at the Cox Center for the Performing Arts are $15 General Admission, $12 for seniors, and $1 for all DSU Students and SUU Faculty & Staff. For tickets, call the box office at (435) 652-7800, or visit their website at dixiestatetickets.com.

Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is home to nationally-accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance. The College offers 17 degrees, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, professional Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre, and Arts Administration Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. It houses the Center for Shakespeare Studies, which offers a degree minor. More than 60 full and part-time faculty and staff teach and mentor over 550 arts majors. Over 1100 students enroll each year in more than 195 arts classes. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions annually.  Its 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 (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

WHAT:              In a delightful premise, the holiday favorite is hilariously retold in the style of a classic radio show, with an all-star Cedar City cast headed by USF Founder, Fred C. Adams as Scrooge and complete with atmospheric live sound effects, wacky backstage antics, and a team of lovely, close harmony singing "Carolettes."

WHO:               Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Arts & Dance Series

WHEN:             Cedar City: December 5-7, 9, 12, and 16, 2013
                         St. George: December 13 and 14, 2013

TIME:               Cedar City: 7:30pm
                        St. George: 1:00pm (Saturday matinee) and 7:30pm

WHERE:           Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
                         Cox Center for the Performing Arts, Dixie State University, St. George, UT

TICKETS:         Cedar City: (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm or visit: www.suu.edu/arts
                          St. George: (435) 652-7800 or visit dixiestatetickets.com

PRICES:          Cedar City: General Adult Admission: $10; SUU Faculty & Staff: $8; Student & Youth: $5;
                         SUU Students: Free with valid ID.

   St. George: General Adult Admission: $15; Senior Citizens: $12; DSU Students: $1; SUU Faculty & Staff: $1

NEWS: National Endowment for the Arts Announces Three New Members of the National Council on the Arts

Washington, DC -- Three new members have been confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the President to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. These individuals will bring their varied experience -- ranging from contemporary art curatorship, to classical Indian dance, and creative placemaking -- to help the NEA advance its mission to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation in communities across the country. The National Council on the Arts advises the chairman on agency policies and programs. It reviews and makes recommendations to the chairman on applications for grants, funding guidelines, and leadership initiatives.   
The new members are:
Ranee Ramaswamy, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Ragamala Dance Company
Ramaswamy has been a master choreographer, performer, and teacher of the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam dance since 1978. She founded the Ragamala Dance Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1992. Her work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, American Composers Forum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and has been supported by the National Dance Project and the Joyce Foundation. Ramaswamy’s tours have been highlighted by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Dance Festival, and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. Among her numerous grants and awards are 14 McKnight Fellowships, a Bush Foundation Choreography Fellowship, and an Artist Exploration Fund grant from Arts International. She is the recipient of the 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award and was named "2011 Artist of the Year" (with co-director Aparna Ramaswamy) by the Minneapolis StarTribune. Ramaswamy earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Madras, India.
Olga Viso,  Executive Director of the Walker Art Center  
Viso is executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which ranks among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States. Prior to her tenure with the Walker Art Center, Viso held positions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Smithsonian Institution, starting as assistant curator and becoming director in 2005. Viso was a curator at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida from 1993 to 1995, and held several curatorial and administrative positions at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia from 1989 to 1993. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors.  From 2003 to 2006, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions. Viso received a B.A. from Rollins College and an M.A. from Emory University.
Rick Lowe, Founder,  Project Row Houses
Lowe is founder of this neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in the Northern Third Ward, one of the oldest African-American communities in Houston, Texas. He has participated in national and international community art exhibitions and programs since 1995. In 2012, Lowe was an artist in residence at the Community Innovators Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden. Previously, he was a master artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2011, a visiting artist at the Otis College of Art in Los Angeles, CA in 2010, and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2001 to 2002. Lowe serves as a board member of the Menil Foundation. He received the Creative Time’s Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art & Social Justice in 2010, the United States Artists Fellowship in Design in 2009, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities in 2002.
About the National Council on the Arts
The National Council on the Arts is convened three times per year to vote on funding recommendations for grants and rejections; to advise the chairman on application guidelines, the budget, and policy and planning directions; and to recommend to the President nominees for the National Medal of Arts.
Serving with the chairman and the three new members are 13 current members of the National Council on the Arts: Bruce Carter, Ph.D., Aaron Dworkin, Lee Greenwood, Deepa Gupta, Paul Hodes, Joan Israelite, Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., Emil J. Kang, Charlotte Kessler, María López De León, David "Mas" Masumoto, Irvin Mayfield, Jr., and Barbara Ernst Prey.  Ranee Ramaswamy, Olga Viso, and Rick Lowe will join the Council as  outgoing members Frank Price, Joann Falletta, and Miguel Campaneria conclude their terms.
There are also six ex-officio members from Congress -- Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH). Appointment by Majority and Minority leadership of the remaining two members of Congress to the council is pending.
Visit arts.gov for more information about the National Council on the Arts and its members.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.org.


DECEMBER 6, 2013

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Join SUU’s Music Department in an exciting and varied celebration of the holiday season! The Sounds of Christmas: A Celebration of Holiday Music features festive selections of music performed by an incredible ensemble of musical talent including SUU’s Symphony OrchestraWind Symphony,Concert ChoirOpus Choir, and Women’s Choir. The performance will take place at Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater on FridayDecember 62013, at 7:30pm.The public is encouraged to attend this special performance.Tickets are only $10 for Adults$8 for SUU faculty/staff, and $5 for youth. SUU students are free with a valid I.D. card. 

The Sounds of Christmas will feature a festive selection of music chosen and conducted by SUU Faculty members Dr. Adam LambertDr. Kevin L. BakerDr. Xun Sun, and Shannon Birch.

Varied ensembles consisting of SUU’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Opus Choir, and Women’s Choir will be performing Sethus Calvisius’ “Freut Euch and Jubiliert,” “The Twelve Days After Christmas,” Samuel Barber’s “Twelfth Night,” Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (conducted by Dr. Kevin L. Baker), Randall Bass’ “Gloria,” Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas” (conducted by Dr. Adam Lambert), John Leavitt’s “Sing We Now of Christmas” (conducted by Dr. Xun Sun), and Theodore Baker’s “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (conducted by Shannon Birch)

Get into the holiday spirit with SUU’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Opus Choir, and Women’s Choir. 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/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 the new Center for Shakespeare Studies and a graduate program in Arts Administration. 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. The Center for Shakespeare Studies offers a minor in Shakespeare Studies. 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 (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

WHAT:              The Sounds of Christmas: A Celebration of Holiday Music

WHO:               SUU’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Opus Choir, and Women’s Choir

WHEN:             Friday, December 6, 2013

TIME:               7:30pm           

WHERE:           Heritage Center Theater, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS:         $10 for Adults, $8 for SUU faculty and staff and $5 for youth
                        SUU students are free with a valid I.D. card. 

PURCHASE:     (435) 586-7872, M-F, 8am-4:30pm, www.suu.edu/pva/arts or may be purchased at the door.