SALT LAKE CITY — Nine outstanding events are scheduled by Temple Square Performances in May — seven in the Assembly Hall, one at the Bountiful Regional Center, and one in the Conference Center Theater.

All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to those eight years of age and older.

Wednesday thru Saturday, May 4-7 — A musical presentation, “My Servant Joseph,” will be presented in the Conference Center Theater.  This presentation depicts aspects of the life and ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith, featuring singer-composer Kenneth Cope. Call 801-240-0080 for free tickets.

Friday, May 6 — The New American Symphony, conducted by David Van Alstyne, will perform Mendelssohn’s Overture to Athaliah, Op. 74, Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, and Tchaikovksy’s  Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, in the Bountiful Regional Center at 835 North 400 East, North Salt Lake.

Saturday, May 7 —The heralded Salt Lake International Children’s Choir of children and youth ages five through seventeen, directed by Kathy Sorensen, will present a program of music from 17 nations in the Assembly Hall.

Friday, May 13 —The Utah Valley Chamber Players, comprised of outstanding junior and senior high school students from Juab, Millard, Sevier, Tooele, and Utah counties, will perform works by Mozart, Purcell, Eccles, Bartok, and Anderson in the Assembly Hall.  Eric Hansen, a music professor at Brigham Young University, is the conductor.

Saturday, May 14 — Cache Children’s Cantata Choir from the Logan area, directed by Jill DeVilbiss, will sing a musically diverse program in the Assembly Hall.  The choir is an auditioned choir with a wide repertoire in a variety of languages.

Friday, May 20 —The Orchestra of Sandy City, with Joel Rosenberg as conductor and Cameron Rose as chorus master, and singers from the International Children’s Choir, directed by Kathy Sorensen, will perform and sing selections from the four acts of Bizet’s Carmen in the Assembly Hall.

Saturday, May 21 — Seven members of the Michael and Ruth Stevens Family of Salt Lake City will sing and perform a “Families Making Music” concert in the Assembly Hall. The program will include songs from Les Miserables, comedy songs, pieces about nature and sacred selections.

Friday, May 27 — Mountain West Chorale, directed by Richard Pearce, will sing a program of standard, popular, religious, and patriotic works in the Assembly Hall.  The group consists of vocalists from throughout the Wasatch Front.

Saturday, May 28 — The Westminster Concert Bell Choir of 14 undergraduate and graduate students of Rider University at Princeton, New Jersey, will perform in the Assembly Hall. Directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne, the bell choir uses the largest range of handbells in the world, eight octaves, with bells ranging in weight from four ounces to eleven pounds. The bell choir has been featured on television and National Public Radio a number of times.

BUENA VISTA, VA —  The second annual Shenandoah Invitational Art Show & Sale is currently being
exhibited at Southern Virginia University. The show features the original paintings and sculptures from renowned professional artists, invited by the University to display and sell their work. This year’s prizewinners include works by P. Buckley Moss, Del Parson, Glen Hopkinson, and Steven McGinty.
 
The showýs opening gala was hosted by Richard at Nancy Marriott at their luxurious Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in the Falls Church area of Washington, D.C. The Honorary Chairperson for the evening was U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith of Oregon. The show was juried by Marcus Alan Vincent, an accomplished painter, former curator of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, and professor of art at Southern Virginia University.
 
Guests who attended the gala had the first opportunity to purchase these original works, and were treated to entertainment by SVU’s Chamber Choir, Flute Choir, and women’ a cappella vocal band,
”Miscellaneous.”
 
The Shenandoah Invitational will be on display in the Student Union Building at SVU campus until May 1, 2005. Admission for all ages is free, and all are welcome to view and purchase the art.  For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement, SVU, (540) 261-2782.

For more information, visit the SVU website at http://www.southernvirginia.edu/conferences/ . On-line registration is available.