Saturday, April 30, 2016

33rd Annual Suzuki Strings Concert

Poster design and photo by Kindal Ridd
You are invited to the 33rd annual Suzuki Strings Spring Concert on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center in Cedar City.  Music ranges from classical to fiddling.

Rimi Fletcher will be the guest soprano soloist with the advanced violins for the Laughing Song by Strauss.  The orchestra has music by Bach, Handel, and Smetana plus the Star Trek theme.  Fiddle songs from Barrage include Short Bow Jig and Blackberry Blossom.  Genesis and Matthew Gonzalez are the soloists for the "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon.

Students range from 3 to adult.  Students participate in weekly group classes as well as private lessons.  Teachers are Marin Colby, Alexander Schwartz, Kindal Ridd, Ling Yu, and Sara Penny.  Pianists are Tasha Seegmiller, Rimi Fletcher, Beth Stephenson, and Mel Jeffs.  Twelve area teachers help prepare the students in individual lessons as well.

A suggested donation of $5 helps these young musicians tackle new music, pay for Heritage Center rental, and support our next generation of orchestra musicians.  You are invited to join in the musical celebration on Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., Heritage Center, 105 N. 100 E. in Cedar City.

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 16, 2016 Concert with Young Artist Chamber Players and Suzuki Strings

Thanks to everyone who participated in the concert.   We always enjoy working with Jack Ashton and his Young Artist Chamber Players.  Music included Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, which was exquisite in St. Jude's.  Here's a link so you can revisit this wonderful music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihx5LCF1yJY  

The full American Suite by Keith Bradshaw will be on the Orchestra of Southern Utah concert on April 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center.  Thanks to soloists Natalie and Hannah Bradshaw who performed two movements as a preview with their sister Lydia Feild at the piano.

Our combined pieces of Brandenburg #2 and "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon will be on the upcoming Suzuki Strings Concert on May 12, 7 p.m., Heritage Center.

Thanks to parents and teachers for the photos below of the rehearsal and performance.  Thanks to the St. Jude's Episcopal Church for sharing their beautiful sanctuary with our young musicians.  We also appreciate pianists Marie Ashton and JaNell Wood for helping with the concert.  



Jack Ashton's "Young Artist Chamber Players"

Suzuki Strings Cedar City performed two Barrage pieces




Suzuki Strings orchestra musicians on Sat.

Rehearsal with combined groups

Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto by YACP











Natalie and Hannah Bradshaw sharing part of "American Suite" with Lydia Feild at the piano.




Monday, April 4, 2016

Jack Ashton’s “Young Artist Chamber Players” and “Suzuki Strings” Present Free Spring Concert

Jack Ashton and Young Artist Chamber Players, 2016
Exceptional young musicians touring southern Utah make an appearance in Cedar City on Sat., April 16, at 4 p.m. in St. Jude's Episcopal Church, 70 N 200 W.  You are invited to this free public concert. Young Artist Chamber Players join with Suzuki Strings in performing music ranging from Bach and Handel to Vaughn Williams and fiddling.

The Young Artist Chamber Players are directed by Jack Ashton, recently named "Utah's Music Man" by the Deseret News for his exceptional teaching and performing career.  "In addition to playing year-round in the Utah Symphony, he taught orchestra part-time for 35 years at Olympus High, his alma mater, and for the past 31 years he’s been director of the Young Artist Chamber Players, an organization he set up with his brother Ted in 1985 for the purpose of “helping good kids play the hard stuff and get better.” If every teenager he’s taught, encouraged and inspired were to pick up his or her bow and start playing, you could hear them around the world. And they’d sound pretty good. Especially the Young Artist Chamber kids. The elite string orchestra includes about 40 players who are accepted after auditions. (Another 80 young violinists make up three additional orchestras sponsored by the organization). They meet at Highland High School once a week, honing their skills under the direction of the man who performed with the symphony for nearly a half-century," wrote Lee Benson. Full article at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865649992/Hes-Utahs-Music-Man.html.

Suzuki Strings students from southern Utah will join the YACP for Brandenburg Concerto #2 by Bach and the rousing "Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" from Handel's oratorio Solomon.  Suzuki Strings will also play Short Bow Jig and Blackberry Blossom from the fiddling group Barrage. 

The YAPC have chosen Fantasia of a Theme by Thomas Tallis by R. Vaughan Williams, Spanish Dance by DRomance for Violin Solo & Strings by Shostakovich, and the Overture to "Solomon" by Handel to complete the concert.

The public is invited to the free concert.