Temple Square Performances for May 2009

A musical feast is scheduled for May’s performances on Temple Square, with eight concerts in the Assembly Hall all beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are free but limited to those eight years of age and older.

Friday, May 1 -Rocky Mountain Strings, under the direction of Deborah Moench and Ramona Stirling, will perform in the Assembly Hall works by Bach, Schuman, Vivaldi, de Falla, Kreisler, Mozart and others.  The Rocky Mountain Strings is an advanced performing group of 45 young violinists.  They have performed in Argentina, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, and at various locations across the United States.

Saturday, May 2 – Salt Lake City ‘s well-known International Children’s Choir will present a program of international folk music and religious songs in the Assembly Hall.  Directed by its founder Dr. Kathy Sorensen since the early 1990s, the choir has gained international notoriety via recordings, television and film appearances, and public performances throughout the world.

Friday, May 8 -The University of Utah Singers will sing a variety of selections, including motets, anthems, folk hymns, folk songs, African-American spirituals, and musical theater pieces in the Assembly Hall.  This 45-voice ensemble, conducted by Dr. Brady R. Allred, has won international acclaim winning competitions in Spain and France.   They will be participating in the International Chamber Choir Competition in Germany this summer.

Saturday, May 9 -A “Families Making Music” concert, featuring the Clayton and Denise Williams Family, will take place this evening in the Assembly Hall.  Their program, titled “The Simple Gifts of Music,” will feature French and Spanish selections, Broadway show tunes, jazz pieces, and family favorites.  The concert will highlight the vocal and instrumental talents of ten family members of high school age and older.

Friday, May 15 -Lyric tenor Mitchell Sturges will perform in the Assembly Hall operatic compositions by Beethoven, Chausson, and Liszt, as well as pieces by George Crumb, Jerome Kern, and George Gershwin.  Mr. Sturges made his international operatic debut in Pesaro, Italy in 2007 as Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi.  He has also had leading roles in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.  He has performed at the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, and at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, and has been featured in concerts on French national television in Nancy, France. 

Saturday, May 16-Sally Bytheway Chorale, a 90-voice auditioned community choir directed by Sally Bytheway Brinton, will present a spring concert in the Assembly Hall.  They will sing a variety of musical genres, including folk, contemporary, patriotic, gospel and sacred selections.  The chorale will be accompanied by an eighteen piece orchestral ensemble.

Friday, May 22 -Imperial Glee Club, a male chorus from Logan, will sing a program of patriotic selections, African-American spirituals, and sacred pieces, interspersed with organ prelude solos in the Assembly Hall.  The Imperial Glee Club was originally founded in 1916 and is the oldest independent and continuously performing male chorus in the western United States.  Warren Barton is the director.

Saturday, May 23 -Violinist Akemi Leung, an Ahmanson Scholar at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California, will perform a classical program in the Assembly Hall.  Works include five movements of Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E Major; Elgar’s Salut d’amour, Op. 12; Paganini’s Caprice, Op. 1, No. 13 in B flat Major; and four movements of Franck’s Sonata in A Major.  She will conclude her program with Michael Moody’s sacred piece, This is the Christ.  As a member of The Colburn Honors String Quartet, Ms. Leung has performed on the PBS Television show “From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall” and numerous “Sundays Live” radio broadcasts from Los Angeles.

In addition, 30-minute organ recitals are held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle weekdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Also, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals are open to the public in the Tabernacle on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m., as is “Music and the Spoken Word” featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sundays in the Tabernacle when doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. 30-minute broadcast.

For Temple Square Performances information, call 801-240-3323.