Ten diverse Temple Square performances beckon Wasatch Front residents and visitors during April 2005.  Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be presented in the Assembly Hall, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.  All concerts are free of charge, but children under eight are encouraged to visit other venues.

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5-6:  “Joseph Smith and the Restoration,” a musical drama on the life and mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith, will be presented by the Orem LDS Institute of Religion’s Latter-Day Celebration Choir. Tickets required.  For free tickets, call 801-240-0080 or visit www.lds.org/events.

Friday, April 8:  “Sealing the Testimony,” Willard Richard’s eyewitness account of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s life and martyrdom (a one-man dramatization by Ted Gibbon), will be presented.

Saturday, April 9:  The Chorus of Sandy City, under the direction of Cameron Rose, will sing a concert of devotional and seasonal works. The chorus draws membership from throughout the Wasatch Front.  Mr. Rose is an active composer, arranger, and conductor.

Friday, April 15:  Australian soprano Elena Xanthoudakis will sing selections from Handel, Bach, Mozart, Wolf, Faure, Quilter, Bernstein, Bizet, and Gershwin. Xanthoudakis has performed in Italy, Germany, Russia, Hong Kong, Australia, and London, where she is pursuing a masters at the Guildhall of Music and Drama.  She was the 2003 winner of the Australian Singing Competition, and the 2004 winner of the 2004 Australian National Liederfest.

Saturday, April 16:  The University of Utah Singers, a student choral group under the direction of Dr. Brady R. Allred, will present a program of international and seasonal music.

Friday, April 22:  The Salt Lake Community College Chamber Singers, a mixed-voice student chamber ensemble directed by Lyle Archibald, will sing songs of praise, selections from Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, and earth songs.  The Chamber Singers will be accompanied by the Andean musical group, Llajataku.

Saturday, April 23:  The Orchestra at Temple Square will perform at Abravanel Hall. For free tickets call 801-240-0080.  

Wednesday, April 27:  The Utah Symphony Youth Guild Spring Recital will be held.

Friday, April 29:  Heralded Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi will play Mozart’s Sonata in B flat Major, Liszt’s Ballade #2 in B Minor, and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata #2, Op. 36 in B flat Minor. Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States and has received wide acclaim.

Saturday, April 30:  The newly organized Utah Choral Artists, a group of outstanding adult singers from throughout the Wasatch Front under the direction of Dr. Brady R. Allred, will sing “Children of Abraham: Sacred Music from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Traditions.” Dr. Allred also is director of choral conducting at the University of Utah.