An exciting offering of concerts on Temple Square will take place in February with a wide array of musical events. Performances will be held in the Conference Center Theater and in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.  Each event is open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, February 6 -The American Piano Duo, Jeffrey Shumway and Del Parkinson, will present a program entitled ” Americana ” in the Conference Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.  They will play Dave Brubeck’s “They All Sang Yankee Doodle,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story, William Bolcom’s “Recurerdos” (Traditional Latin-American Dances), and four selections composed by George Gershwin. The American Piano Duo has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europ .  Tickets are not needed for this free performance.

Saturday, February 7 -Baritone Christopher Holmes will perform Russian romances, American songs, and Lieder selections in the Conference Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.  He has performed over thirty operatic roles in opera houses across the country, including the title role in Don Giovanni.  He holds degrees in voice and opera from the conservatory at Oberlin College and Temple University.  Joining him on the program will be violinist Monte Belknap and pianist Jayne Galloway.

Friday, February 13 -A Cultural Arts Submission Presentation will take place in the Chapel at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building at 7:30 p.m.  Featured will be an evening of poetry reading and a readers’ theater script presentation of works recognized from the annual Church Cultural Arts Submission.  This event is open to all ages.

Saturday, February 14 -The Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic, under the direction of Barbara Scowcroft, will perform in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. Their program will feature Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell, Op. 34 from “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten; Overture-Fantasy from “Romeo and Juliet” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; and Bolero by Maurice Ravel.  For free tickets, call 801-570-0080 or visit online at www.lds.org/events.

Friday, February 27-Classical guitarist Lawrence Green will share original arrangements of Granados’ Danza española #5 (playera); Albeniz’s Suite española, op. 47, and Recuerdos de viaje, op. 71; as well as selections from Turnia’s Sonata, op.61; and de Falla’s Siete Canciones populares españolas featuring guest artist, baritone Arden Hopkin.  Mr. Green, a guitar faculty member in the School of Music at Brigham Young University, performs as a soloist and as a chamber player throughout the Western United States.  Tonight’s concert will take place in the Conference Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 28 -Lara Lambert Allen will present a piano recital in the Conference Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.  Her program includes Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux No. 9 in De Major, op. 39 and Prelude No. 10 in G Flat Major, op. 32; Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A minor; Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 in A Major, op. 47 and Ballade No. 4 in F minor, op. 52; and Barber’s Sonata for Piano, op. 26.  Ms. Allen is the winner of numerous awards and a frequent recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the country.

In addition, 30-minute organ recitals are held in the 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 Conference Center 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.