Monday, February 27, 2012

Young Artists Join Suzuki Strings on March 17, 2012

The YOUNG ARTIST CHAMBER PLAYERS, a group of talented high-school string players from the Salt Lake City area, will be performing in Cedar City. They will appear in concert on Saturday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 70 North 200 West. Included in the concert will be “Concerto in C for Two Violins and Two Cellos” by Vivaldi, “Chanson Triste” by Liadov, and Hohvaness’ “Armenian Rhapsody”. The group will also be collaborating with the Suzuki Strings, of Cedar City, on a movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3.

Concert admission is free and the public is welcome.

The Young Artist Chamber Players (YACP) was founded by Jack Ashton in 1985. Jack is a member of the Utah Symphony, and recently retired from teaching at Olympus High School. He wanted to give excellent string players along the Wasatch Front a chance to participate in a quality chamber orchestra. In 1988 the orchestra was incorporated and a Board of Directors appointed.

Through the years, the YACP has enjoyed many wonderful playing opportunities. In addition to their regular concerts, the orchestra has been invited to perform as part of the Governor’s concert series, in the Lobby fest at the Utah Symphony, Side-by-Side concerts with the Utah Symphony and in concerts with Pro Musica and Jubilate. For the past nine years YACP has performed with Utah recording artists Marshall McDonald and Steve Nelson in a Christmas concert/fund-raiser for the Utah Food Bank. The most recent concert was attended by over 1000 people. They also make an annual bus tour to perform at venues in Utah or Idaho.

Membership in YACP has become so popular that it has grown into a family of four string orchestras with members from elementary through high school. YACP remains the highest achievement for these young players, who must audition for a place in the orchestra.

The Young Artist Chamber Players are supported by grants from the Utah Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Program; and many volunteers.

The Suzuki Strings are under the auspices of the SUU Music Department. They will play Lightly Row and Habanera on the concert as well as the joint piece with the Young Artists.

For more information on the Cedar City concert, contact Sara Penny at 586-2286.