Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack Ashton Directing Combined YACP and Suzuki Strings in April 2017

Thanks to Jack Ashton and his exceptional group, Young Artist Chamber Players, for the joint concert in Cedar City with Suzuki Strings.  We appreciate everyone who made an effort to be a part of this concert.  Thanks to teachers and parents who shared photos.  Special thanks to Becky Hesterman for helping arrange the tour and Rev. Lee Montgomery and Carol Bolsover at St. Jude's for allowing us to perform in their wonderful church.




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After Performance:

Monday, April 24, 2017

34th Annual Suzuki Strings Spring Concert

Thanks to all the students, teachers, pianists, and families who make this program possible.  We have had a great season with holiday performances, fall regional workshop, performance with The Piano Guys and many individual community and church performances.

More photos from a family outing this spring.  Thanks to Kaili Chi and Dezhi Wu for sharing photos.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brian Lewis, Guest Clinician, for Nov. Workshop in Cedar City

Regional Workshop Nov. 3 and 4, 2017

Concert  on Sat., Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. Public invited 

(suggested donation $5)
Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City, UT
Classes Friday afternoon starting at 3 p.m.
and Saturday starting at 9 a.m., all at Heritage Center
We are thrilled to announce that Brian Lewis will be the clinician.  Learn more about him at http://brianlewisviolin.com/

Repertoire, schedule, and registration information will be posted here as available, but you will want to get the dates on your calendar.  

Brian Lewis

Friday, March 24, 2017

Young Artists Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings Cedar City on April 8

 Jack Ashton’s
Young Artists Chamber Players 
and Suzuki  Strings in Concert

Saturday, April 8, 2017
4:00 p.m. in the St. Jude’s Episcopal Church
70 N. 200 W.   -  Free and public invited

Music includes Fiddle Faddle by LeRoy Anderson, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and more. 


Suzuki Strings
Aunt Rhody Variations
Red Wing

Young Artist Chamber Players
Divertimento in Bb - Allegro vivace by Telemann
Mendelssohn Sinfonia No. 9 - Grave-Allegro
Solitude on the Mountain by Ole Bull
Serenade for Strings - Tchaikovsky (portion)

Combined Pieces
Fiddle Faddle by LeRoy Anderson
Andante Festivo by Sibelius 

Salt Lake group coming to Cedar City for performance

Rehearsing combined groups in 2016

Suzuki Strings students join with YACP

Jack Ashton with Suzuki Strings teachers Chelsea Gardner and Marin Colby at a previous performance.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Piano Guys Include Suzuki Strings in Performance

Thanks to Blaine Hofeling for sharing these videos of the Feb. 3, 2016 performance in Cedar City at the SUU Centrum:

Piano Guys with Suzuki Strings students: https://youtu.be/ojW8RXIA9MY and from a different angle

Sound check was in the afternoon: https://youtu.be/b5ZJ0TYoHG

It is fascinating to see all the stage, light, and sound set up for a big production.  Thanks to the students who participated, their families, and the teachers who helped.  Thanks to Mindy Benson and her staff for persevering to get this wonderful group to SUU. The biggest thanks is to the Piano Guys for nurturing and encouraging all ages to engage in live music.  Their joy and enthusiasm is contagious and we have been excited to see their rise to an internationally prominent group.

Thanks to the parents, teachers, and SUU Alumni Office for sharing photos:

Three group rehearsals before the sound check and the music had to be memorized

Soundcheck in the afternoon

Backstage before the performance


After the performance backstage

Steven Sharp Nelson has been coming to Cedar City to perform since he was in high school with Jack Ashton's "Young Artist Chamber Players".  He also wrote two symphonies for Orchestra of Southern Utah with Marshall McDonald that Sara Penny helped facilitate. Dr. Xun Sun directed the world premiere performances of both "Spanish Trail Suite" and "Africa" are available on the OSU youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OrchestraofSouthernU  There are also interviews with Dr. Sun and the composers.

At the Meet and Greet, photos thanks to SUU Alumni
With teachers Patty Walser, Marin Colby, Sara Penny, and Amy Gold

The Blaine and Kirsten Hofeling family are friends of Jon Schmidt so the whole event had the feel of a family reunion.

The local pipers who participated included Jameson Fife, 2nd from left, who participated in Suzuki Strings as a child.