For the second consecutive month, scores of distinguished concert artists will perform at Salt Lake City’s Temple Square for the delight of regular Wasatch-front concert-goers and visitors throughout the world attending the mid-March 2002 Salt Lake Paralympics.
Concerts artists appearing include pianists, harpists, choirs, a folk music ensemble, a jazz Dixieland band, a symphony, as well as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
Scheduled for Paralympic visitors between Thursday March 7 and Saturday March 16 will be nine 4:00 p.m. concerts and six 7:30 p.m. concerts, all in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, excluding one concert scheduled in the Tabernacle.
In addition, before and after the Paralympics are an additional seven concerts on Temple Square, filling out an already lustrous month of concert activity. In harmony with standard concert protocol, children under eight years of age are encouraged to visit other venues rather than attend concerts. Unless otherwise noted, concerts are in the Assembly Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 – New compositions and/or arrangements from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ annual Church Music Submission will be featured in a program entitled “Life Musings in Music.” Lyricists and composers from throughout the worldwide Church submitted entries. Works of distinction to be presented come from members in Nigeria, Russia, California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, and Utah.
Saturday, March 2 – Brigham Young University Concert Choir will sing fourteen numbers categorized into four sections: three prayers, two settings for double chorus, love stories, and works from around the world, the latter with songs from Nigeria, China, New Zealand, and Mexico. Works featured in the concert also include compositions by Howard Hanson, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Paul Hailey.
Thursday, March 7 – 4:00 p.m.: piano quartet of Coleen Clark, Judy Knoles, Janet Flake, and Nan Knoles.
Friday, March 8 – 4:00 p.m.: piano duo of Coleen Clark and Kathy Buell; 7:30 p.m.: the American West Symphony and Chorus, under the direction of Joel Rosenberg and with Dustin Morris as chorus master, will perform “Sunrise” from Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite, excerpts from “The Tenderland” by Copland, old American songs by Copland, “The Magnificent Seven” by Elmer Bernstein, and the Lincoln Portrait for Narrator and Orchestra by Copland.
Saturday, March 9 – 4:00 p.m.: piano duo of Coleen Clark and Jeff Manookian; 7:30 p.m.: the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform in the Tabernacle with celebrity percussion artist Evelyn Glennie of Scotland.
Monday, March 11 – 4:00 p.m.: harpist M’kynzi Newbold.
Tuesday, March 12 – 4:00 p.m.: harpist Elizabeth Smart; 7:30 p.m.: Brigham Young University’s popular Folk Music Ensemble will present folk music ranging from Appalachian, Celtic, French-Canadian, American New England, bluegrass, Cajun, jazz, blues, and country with an ensemble of seven instrumentalists and vocalists who sing and play instruments such as the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, guitar, harmonica, accordion, bodhran, bongos, bones, and spoons.
Wednesday, March 13 – 4:00 p.m.: harpist Elizabeth White; 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band of Brigham Young University, one of America’s premiere collegiate Dixieland jazz bands, will play authentic renditions of jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and others, as well as Dixieland classics in a variety of styles. The band has performed in Japan, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and throughout the western U.S.
Thursday, March 14 – 4:00 p.m.: harpist Kate Langeland.
Friday, March 15 – 4:00 p.m.: harpist Megan Jones; 7:30 p.m.: Vocal Point, Brigham Young University’s noted nine-man a capella ensemble, perform music beyond the traditional four-part quartet. Their repertoire includes country, pop, rock, jazz, classical, R&B, and spiritual types of music.
Saturday, March 16 – 4:00 p.m.: harpist Angela Dastrup; 7:30 p.m.: Syncopation, Brigham Young University’s jazz choir, under the direction of nationally-known jazz singer Kelly Eisenhour, with its ten female and nine male singers and three-piece rhythm section perform all styles of jazz, including the blues, bebop, swing, and funk.
Friday, March 22 – Hillcrest High School Combined Choirs, directed by Brian Bentley, recognized as one of the outstanding high school combined choirs in the West, receiving Utah championship trophies and superior ratings at national festivals in California, will perform “Exultate justi,” by Da Viadana, two Latin anthems from England, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Op. 86.
Also, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square, Dr. Richard L. Elliott, one of the three full-time Mormon Tabernacle organists will perform “Trumpet Voluntary” by John Stanley, “Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor by Bach, pieces from “Symphonie VI” by Widor, improvisation on “Aka tonbo” by Joyce Jones, “Scherzo, Op. 2” by Durufle, and prelude to “Die Meistersinger” by Wagner. Elliott has performed extensively as a recitalist and in 1994 recorded his first solo CD, since followed by other CDs in collaboration with fellow Tabernacle organists.
Saturday, March 23 – Brilliant pianist Dustin Gledhill, who has garnered first prize in over twenty international and national competitions, will play works by Rachmaninoff, Handel, Shostakovich, and Saint-Saens. Gledhill has given major solo recitals in Russia, Germany, Austria, Canada, Mexico, and soloed with over a dozen major symphony orchestras in North and South America and has been featured on several CD recordings.
Wednesday, March 27 – The Utah Federation of Music Clubs will present a piano Honors Recital.
Friday, March 29 – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform in the Tabernacle an Easter Celebration.