SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — An appealing array of eight free-to-the-public instrumental and vocal performances is set for March 2006 on Temple Square; in addition, one performance is scheduled in nearby Abravanel Hall. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are limited to those ages eight and older.

Wednesday, March 1 — A BYU Choral Showcase, featuring the Brigham Young University Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus, will take place in the Conference Center Theater.  Though free, tickets are required.  Call 801-240-0080 or order online at www.ldschurch.org/events.

Saturday, March 4 — The Northern Utah Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) will present in the Assembly Hall an Honors Recital featuring the first place winners from categories of the chapter’s annual competition.

Wednesday, March 8 — The Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA) Concerto Winners’ Recital will take place in the Assembly Hall, featuring talented students from elementary age through college.

Friday, March 10 — The Orchestra of Sandy City, under the direction of Joel Rosenberg, will perform in the Assembly Hall Monteverdi’s Overture to Orfeo; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21; and Mussorgsky-Ravel’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Saturday, March 11 — BYU Concert Choir and Singers, conducted by Rosalind Hall and Ronald Staheli, will present a concert of folk songs, motets, spirituals, and songs of home in the Assembly Hall.

Friday, March 17 — Bassoonist Dr. Brian R. Peterson, in association with pianist Jennifer Chiara, flautists Karen Goodrich and Adam Michael Anderson, and violinist Jana Bunnell Hoyt, will perform in the Assembly Hall Galliard’s Sonata No. 3;  Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major; Senaillé’s Allegro Spiritoso; Telemann’s Tafel-Musik Quartet in D Minor; and Vivaldi’s Concert. 

Saturday, March 18 — The Orchestra at Temple Square will present a concert in Abravanel Hall, adjacent to Temple Square.  Under the direction of Igor Gruppman, the Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Dvorák, and Brahms.  For free tickets, call 801-240-0080 or order online at www.ldschurch.org/events.

Saturday, March 22 — The Utah Federation of Music Clubs will hold an Honors Piano Recital in the Assembly Hall.  The recital will feature the 2006 Gold Cup award winners, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, from the Salt Lake Junior Piano Festival.

Friday, March 24 — The University of Utah Harp Ensemble, under the direction of ShruDeLi Ownbey, will present a concert in the Assembly Hall featuring twelve harpists.  Music composed by Milhaud, Debussy, de Falla, Handel, Rutter, Respighi, and others will be performed.  The program will include Arabesque music to polka to classical.

Also, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals are open to the public in the Conference Center on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., as is “Music and the Spoken Word” featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sundays in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. (must be your seats by 9:15 a.m.).

Daily organ recitals are held at 12:05 p.m., weekdays and Saturdays, and at 2:05 p.m. on Sundays in the Conference Center.