A musical feast is scheduled for May’s 2006 Temple Square performances, with nine 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 5 — Rocky Mountain Strings, about 30 advanced string students, will perform a program of works from Bach to Kabalevsky, from Kreisler to McLean. The group is under the direction of Ramona Stirling and Deborah Moench and will be accompanied by Laurel Enke. The Rocky Mountain Strings have performed in Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, and throughout the United States.
Saturday, May 6 — Salt Lake’s well-known International Children’s Choir and its more than 100 children and youth singers will give a program of international folk music, a broad spectrum of religious songs, and selected show tunes. 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 12 — The 50-female voice Schubert Singers, directed by Harold Stokes, will present “A Little Broadway Magic” as a tribute to Gordon Quigley, former director of the Schubert Singers. Works sung will include selections from Camelot, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Showboat, and Les Miserables, as well as music from other popular Broadway shows.
Saturday, May 13 — A “Families Making Music” concert, featuring the Clayton and Denise Williams’s family, is entitled, “Singing for Love (Canto d’amore)”, with a section on Love of God and another on Romantic Love. In addition to their parents, Tyler, age 24, Jacob, 23, Ann, 21, Emily, 18, and Grace, 14, will perform both vocally and on a variety of instruments.
Wednesday, May 17 — BYU-Idaho Wind Ensemble of more than 40 woodwind, brass, and percussion students, conducted by Diane Soelberg, will present an “all-American” night of rousing patriotic selections, marches, salutes, and sacred music. The band will be winding down a western states tour with this performance.
Thursday, May 18, and Saturday, May 20 — “1856: Long Walk Home,” a new concert opera including poetry and prose on the experiences of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies, will be presented in the Assembly Hall. Composed by British composer Harriet Petherick Bushman and commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, the opera will be performed by sopranos Jennifer Welch-Babidge and Amanda Crabb, baritone Darrell Babidge, alto Dianna Graham, tenor Kevin Goertzen, and directed by Rodger Sorensen, chair of Theatre and Media Arts at BYU, and Shelley Tuckfield Graham of the BYU faculty.
Friday, May 19 — Salt Lake Choral Artists, conducted by Brady R. Allred, will present “Fiesta! A Celebration of Latin American Music,” featuring a number of songs by Ernest Lecuona and by Ariel Ramirez, as well as from several other Latin American composers. Three choirs will perform the selections: the women’s choir, chamber choir, and concert choir.
Friday, May 26 — Mountain West Chorale, directed by Richard B. Pearce, will sing sacred, patriotic, Americana, and selected international folk songs. The group consists of over forty members from various communities along the Wasatch Front.
In addition, 30-minute organ recitals are held in the Conference Center weekdays and Saturdays at 12:05 p.m. and Sundays at 2:05 p.m.
Also, 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 when doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. 30-minute broadcast.