SALT LAKE CITY – Sterling Poulson in his 17th year as music director and conductor of the Days of ’47 KUTV Pops concert invites you to join the Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale and the American Heritage Lyceum Orchestra, Kayson Brown, conductor, for two great nights of fabulous music. This year’s line-up features Jenny Oaks Baker, a world-renowned recording artist and concert violinist and George Dyer, acclaimed by many as one of the finest tenors in the world!
It is impossible to escape the artistic magic of Jenny Oaks Baker, and her virtuoso talent was recently recognized when her album Wish Upon A Star; A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. She received her Master of Music from Julliard and her Bachelor’s in violin perform from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Read more about Jenny at www.jennyoaksbaker.com
George Dyer, Soared into the music world in 1996, making his professional debut to rave reviews with the New York City Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Lincoln Center in New York City. He has since performed extensively to wide acclaim in prestigious opera houses and concert halls across North America and in many countries throughout the world. Mr. Dyer has been a frequent guest soloist with Choral Arts Society of Utah and has performed on numerous occasions with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir including a 2005 worldwide broadcast to over 63 countries, translated in over 75 languages. Reviewers, announcers and fans alike regularly mention his engaging stage presence, and his beautiful lyric tenor voice, frequently described as “powerful”, “rich”, “clear”, “silken” and “gorgeous”, with “soaring” high notes. Read more about George at www.georgedyer.com
The American Heritage Lyceum Orchestra, making their third appearance with the Choral Arts Society of Utah is an audition-only ensemble, starting with students as young as five, to the most advanced high-school-aged musicians. Students perform masterworks of the repertory alongside sacred music. Named "Best Youth Performing Ensemble" by Best of State Utah in both 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Lyceum Philharmonic is one of the nation's premier youth orchestras. They have performed with guest artists including David Archuleta, Steven Sharp Nelson (of The Piano Guys), Alex Boyé, Peter Breinholt, Paul Cardall, Michael Ballam, Jenny Oaks Baker, and the 5 Brown. To read more about the youth orchestra visit their website at http://www.american-heritage.org/music/orchestra
Now in its 27th year, The Choral Arts Society of Utah Master Chorale’s 110-voice mixed choir is based in Salt Lake City. Many of their performances are benefit concerts for schools and organizations providing humanitarian services to local areas. See a complete listing of the choir’s upcoming performances at www.casu.org and be sure to “like” them on Facebook!
Members of the 2News Team from KUTV will host the concert.
Abravanel Hall was created specifically to provide an environment of acoustical excellence by Dr. Cyril M. Harris who was the acoustical consultant for the remodeled Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Abravanel Hall, formerly known as Symphony Hall, was so named in May of 1993 for the beloved Maestro Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony and advocate for all the arts in Utah. Abravanel Hall is actually a concrete building within a brick building. Inside these two outer shells stands the beautiful concert hall. Designed strictly as a concert hall the stage has no proscenium - rather, it is an extension of the audience. The form of the hall is rectangular which is characteristic of the world's finest symphony halls (the Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Symphony Hall in Boston.)
Abravanel Hall first opened its doors in September 1979.
In 1998, the Hall was expanded to include new restrooms, Ticket Office, and a meeting/reception room that are all wheelchair accessible.
The Olympic Tower, a monumental work by noted artist Dale Chihuly, was specifically designed for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Olympic Tower is on permanent loan to Salt Lake County Center for the Arts for exhibition in the lobby as a cultural legacy to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The legacy is possible due to the generous donations by local contributors. It is constructed of steel and 1,119 pieces of red glass parts and measures 27' by 10' in diameter.
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