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Jack Ashton's Young Artist Chamber Players with Suzuki Strings Cedar City

Salt Lake’s Young Artist Chamber Players to perform in Cedar City
Saturday, April 13, 4 p.m. at St. Jude's
By Lindsay Fife Szczesny

On Saturday, April 13 at 4:00 pm at the St. Jude’s Episcopal Church (70 N. 200 W.) the public is invited to a free concert featuring an elite chamber ensemble from Salt Lake City.

When I was a teenager here in Cedar City, I started traveling to Salt Lake every month to take violin lessons from Utah Symphony violinist, Jack Ashton. My friend and I (Megan Mumford Cottam from Kanarraville) each had hour-long lessons--usually on a Saturday morning--in his home’s downstairs music studio, piled with papers and one wall covered with student recital programs dating back years and years. Sometimes one of his 8 children would interrupt a lesson, and for a few minutes he would lovingly play with the youngest boy who was about four. Mr. Ashton made us rehearse thousands of scales and gave us exciting new music to play. He was warm and kind, but strict and demanding. His positive influence is the kind every parent wishes for their youth.

Luckily his musical and personal gifts have been shared with young musicians in the Young Artist Chamber Players, which he established in 1985 to provide students in the Salt Lake Valley the opportunity to play quality chamber music. Since then, they have toured Europe, provided regular concerts, played with the Utah Symphony in the Side-by-Side program as well as the Symphony’s Lobbyfest, and they make an annual performance tour of Utah. This year their Cedar City concert will feature a collaboration with the local Suzuki Strings Orchestra. The event features local soloist, Irene Hu, 13, on Vivaldi’s Spring as well as Don Quixote's Attack on the Windmills by Telemann, Corrente by Corelli, and other selections. Mr. Ashton always provides interesting and story-filled context to add extra insight to the performance.

Every time I hear the Young Artist Chamber Players, I am moved by their musical depth and grateful such beautiful and meaningful music has been written. As one of Jack Ashton’s former students, I’m grateful for amazing teachers that see more in us than we see in ourselves. You too are welcome to enjoy this afternoon concert at 4:00 pm on April 13 at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in the heart of Cedar City.

For more information email suzukistringscc@gmail.com

Young Artist Chamber Players directed by Jack Ashton
Lindsay Szczesny and her daughter with Jack Ashton at last year's concert in Cedar City
Come and enjoy the concert.

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