Tuesday, April 23, 2013

May 2, 2013 Concert Celebrates 30 Years of Suzuki Strings in Cedar City

           Join the Cedar City Suzuki Strings, Rocky Mountain Strings and CCSS alumni as they  celebrate 30 years of musical education and performance in Cedar City during their annual spring concert.  The concert is Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm in the Heritage Center.  The public is invited and the suggested donation is $5.

            The concert includes a variety of music ranging from classical to folk.  Pieces include “Concerto #5, 1st movement” by F. Seitz; “Concerto for Two Violins, 1st movement” by Bach, “Fiocco Allegro”, “Hunter’s Chorus”, “Short Bow Jig” and “Boil Them Cabbage Down.”

            RMS of Northern Utah join the 30th year celebration.  They perform “Appalachian Spring” by Copland, arranged by McLean; “Waltz and Tanz” by Kabalevsky; “Perptuo Mobile” by Karl Bohm, and “Caprice #24” by Paganini, arranged By McLean.  They also play and perform choreography to “Millionaire’s Hoedown” by Celbanoff/McLean.

            RMS is an advanced performing group of young violinists directed by Deborah Moench and Ramona Stirling.   In addition to sharing their talents throughout Utah and Idaho, the group has completed performance tours of Belgium, France, Argentina, Chicago, Poland and the Czech Republic.  The RMS strives to spread the love of classical music to other young people.           

            The CCSS was founded 30 years ago by Shannon Pointer.  Pointer had studied in Japan of the international program’s creator Dr. Suzuki.  The widely acclaimed program involves parental support, listening to professional recordings to develop better intonation, and group classes. 

            Today, Suzuki Strings program is under the auspices of the Southern Utah University Music Department. Marin Colby, Eric Liebhardt, Chelsea Gardner, Sara Penny and Julie Davis teach the group classes.  Pianists are Margarita Castro, Tasha Seegmiller, Rimi Fletcher, and Jeff Gardner.

            The CCSS 30th annual spring concert is held Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm in the Heritage Center. A suggested donation of $5 can be given at the door.

            All Suzuki Strings alumni are invited to participate. “We’ll rehearse the Bach Double with the combined groups, revised version, at 6 p.m.,” said Penny.   For more information on the concert or the Suzuki Strings program contact Penny at 586-2286 or <suzukistringscc@gmail.com>.

           Rocky Mountain Strings will also perform on Friday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the St. George Tabernacle.  The public is invited to that free concert.

Guest artists from Salt Lake City.

For performers:

Dress rehearsal next Wed., May 1, at 5 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 105 North 100 East.  We’ll go through every piece on the concert starting with Twinkle.  Please be on time.  Parents need to be there for small children as they will be excused after the last piece they know.  Dress rehearsal doesn’t mean you have to dress up, school clothes are fine.

Thursday, May 2 Concert. 

Students doing Bach Double and advanced pieces come at 6 p.m. to rehearse with guest group from Salt Lake.  Tarantella (cello) and Le Basque (viola) practice downstairs after the Bach while the violins do the Fiocco on stage.

All other students arrive by 6:45 p.m. to be tuned and placed on stage.  Sunday dress clothes.

Suggested donation of $5 helps us pay the Heritage Center rent and other costs, but it’s more important that your family and friends than that they donate, so this is optional.  If you want to make a bigger donation it is tax deductible because our program is under SUU.

Program Order

Twinkles Variation A in A major with harmony, Variation B in D major, and Theme in A Major with harmony and obbligato 

May Song, no repeat as is in the revised edition

Long, Long Ago from Book I

Etude, no repeat

Happy Farmer

Concerto #5, 1st movement by F. Seitz  (known as 2nd Seitz)

Concerto for Two Violins, 1st movement by Bach (known as Bach Double)  revised version
Current Group Class Violins Only:  Hungarian Dance #5 (all repeats) Grand pauses before 3 and 5
Combined Violins: Fiocco Allegro  (work on exact bowing and huge dynamic contrast)

Viola Only:  La Basque (both repeats) Book 5

Cello Only: Tarantella by Squires

Rocky Mountain Strings
Appalachian Spring by Copland/McLean arrangement  (8 min)
Waltz and Tanz by Kabalevsky  (4 min)
Perptuo Mobile by Karl Bohm (3 min)
Caprice #24 by Paganini, arr. McLean
Millionaire’s Hoedown by Celbanoff/McLean  (with choreography) (4 min)

Gavotte by Martini (revised bowings)

Bourrée (do repeats in revised version, 1 page for older version)

Hunter’s Chorus (do repeat and revised bowing is “down up” in measure 16)

French Folk Song (cello and viola play melody as well as half of the violins, others may do duet)

Short Bow Jig from Barrage Vol. 1 (no repeats)  work towards 100 per dotted quarter with metronome

Boil the Cabbage from Fiddle Farm Vol. 1   Beginners do both repeats, Advanced add shuffle and no repeats

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Joint Concert with Suzuki Strings and Jack Ashton's Young Artist Chamber Players

Thanks to all involved in this joint concert.                                                
Rehearsal with both groups under direction of Jack Ashton.

This shows the inverted ark of St. Jude's Episcopal which creates wonderful performance acoustics.

Intermission treats with Suzuki Strings.

Suzuki Strings students prepare for the concert.

Rev. Susan Allman, Jack Ashton, and Sara Penny after the concert

These two photos courtesy of Susan Allman.

Violinist Ellie Seegmiller, Jack Ashton, and cellist Catie Seegmiller courtesy of Tasha Seegmiller.