Four free musical experiences of varied nature are scheduled for January’s 2003 Temple Square Concert Series, three in the Tabernacle and one in the Assembly Hall.

Saturday, January 18—Utah State High School Men’s and Women’s Honor Choirs featuring outstanding students from throughout the state of Utah, as selected by their choral teachers, will perform in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. Directing the Men’s Choir will be Paul Larson of Timpview High School, and directing the Women’s Choir will be Lois Johnson of Lone Peak High School.

Friday, January 24—The Utah Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Scowcroft, will perform in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m. This youth and young adult orchestra of superior musicians will perform the Overture to the Thieving Magpie, by Rossini, and Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, by Shostakovich. Scowcroft, on the University of Utah music faculty since 1981, also annually conducts at the Houston, Texas American Festival for the Arts.

Saturday, January 25—The Metropolitan Opera Company auditions will be in the Assembly Hall beginning at 12:00 noon and going perhaps until 5 p.m. Opera fans will enjoy this opportunity to hear these auditions, composed of candidates for the MET’s district finals to be held on February 8.

Friday, January 31—The Salt Lake Symphony, under the direction of James Caswell, will present an “Evening in Vienna.” Works performed will be from Joseph Strauss, Johann Strauss, Jr., Puccini, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Sieczynsky, Lehar, and Thomas. Utah native, soprano Erin Palmer, now attending Eastman School of Music, also will be featured.

In addition to the above free concerts, there will be held in the Conference Center Theater six concerts requiring an admittance fee featuring BYU’s Living Legends, January 24-25; BYU’s Choral Showcase, January 28-29; BYU’s Opera Arias, January 30; and BYU’s Ballroom Dancers, January 31.