A new year of Temple Square concerts launches in January with four free musical experiences of varied nature, three scheduled for the Tabernacle and one for the Assembly Hall, with two additionally-scheduled concerts requiring the purchase of tickets.

The four open-to-the-public concerts are a gift to the community from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wednesday, January 7—The 150-member Utah Youth Symphony, under the direction of Barbara Scowcroft, will perform in the Tabernacle: Samson and Delilah Bacchanale Op. 47, Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso (with violinist Ralph Matson), and Symphony No. 3 “Organ,”, all by Saint-Saens. The Utah Youth Symphony is composed of outstanding high school-age and college-age musicians. Scowcroft, of the University of Utah violin faculty, is well known in Utah music circles.

Saturday, January 17—The State High School Men’s and Women’s Honor Choirs will perform in the Tabernacle. This annual event features some of the most outstanding high school singers from throughout the State of Utah. For free tickets call 801-240-0080.

Friday, January 23—BYU’S Orpheus Wind Quintet will present a “Winterfest 2004” program in the East Balcony Lobby of the Conference Center. Tickets are required, $6.00 per person. Call 801-240-0080.

Friday, January 30—The widely-recognized American Piano Duo of Jeffrey Shumway, head of keyboard studies at Brigham Young University, and Del Parkinson, professor of piano at Boise State University, will perform in the Assembly Hall: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, composed by Lutoslawski; Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, by Bernstein; and Sonata in F Minor, Op. 34b, by Brahms.

Friday, January 30—BYU’s Choral Showcase, featuring the University Singers, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and Concert Choir, will present a “Winterfest 2004” program in the Conference Center Theater. Tickets are required, $6.00 per person. Call 801-240-0080.

Saturday, January 31—The Salt Lake Symphony, under the direction of James Michael Caswell, will present an “Evening in Vienna,” in the Tabernacle. They will perform Emperor Waltzes, Pizzicato Polka, Hungarian Dances, Radetzky March, among other Viennese favorites. Caswell has conducted symphonies throughout the Western U.S. and in Mexico. Soloist is Julie Wright-Costa.