Wednesday, April 22, 2015

32nd Annual Suzuki Strings Spring Concert

Suzuki Strings Celebrates Spring with Public Concert

A rousing "Raider's March" and themes from "Harry Potter" by John Williams give zest to the 32nd Annual Suzuki Strings Spring Concert on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East. The public is invited and the suggested donation is $5.

Students from age three to adult perform music ranging from fiddling to classical. The participants come from throughout southern Utah and attend weekly group classes as well as having private lessons.

Orchestra pieces include music by Purcell, Gluck, and John Williams. The large ensemble presents Baroque dance music such as a "Gavotte" by Martini and a "Musette" by Bach which mimics the bagpipe. Advanced violins are tackling two of the "Wicked Reels" by Marshall, made famous by the Barrage fiddling group. Violas have chosen music by Mozart and Brahms. The cellists are floating on a Venetian canal with "Gondola Song" as well as a modern variation from an Irish composer called "Xanny Boy".

The "Orchestra Song" is an audience participation introduction to instruments and the fun of fitting the musical puzzle pieces together to explain how orchestra sound is created.

Group class teachers include Chelsea Gardner, Marin Colby, Kindal Ridd, Alexandra Schwartz, and Sara Penny. Pianists are Tasha Seegmiller, Rimi Fletcher, Mel Jeffs, and Beth Stephenson. Several other community teachers have their students participate in Suzuki Strings.

"We enjoy sharing our music with the community and the program offers a wide range of music for your enjoyment", said Sara Penny, Suzuki Strings director.

Suzuki Strings Cedar City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and appreciates support from the Cedar City RAP fund, Sterling and Shelli Gardner Foundation, and Cozzens Cabinets, LLC.

For more information on the concert or Suzuki Strings contact

Photo from recent workshop by Minerva Gonzalez

32nd Suzuki Strings Spring Concert
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. 
Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 East
$5 suggested donation 
Public invited to the concert  

Poster design by Kindal Erickson Ridd and artwork by Genesis Gonzalez

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thanks to All Involved in the Saturday Performance with Jack Ashton's Young Artists and Suzuki Strings

We enjoy working with Jack Ashton and his Young Artist Chamber Players.  Thanks to all of the students, teachers, families and community members who supported this event. Thanks to the Susan Allman, teachers, and parents for the photos of the rehearsal and performance.

Suzuki Strings Cedar City students who participated in the Saturday concert.

Teacher Patty Walser with Jack after the concert.

Jack with teacher Sara Penny after the concert.

Teachers Chelsea Gardner and Marin Colby with Jack after the concert.