Salt Lake Winter Solstice concert is tradition

Published: Sunday, Dec. 16 2007 12:09 a.m. MST

Corey Christiansen will be performing as part of father-son duo.

Jimmy Katz

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For 14 years, pianist/bandleader Larry Jackstien has performed a Winter Solstice concert at St. Mark's Cathedral. Having this type of concert in Salt Lake City shows the dedication of Jackstien and the cathedral staff.

"It started off as an idea, and they kept it going," Jackstien told the Deseret Morning News. "It has been successful. There is a place for it, and it's like New York where they have Winter Solstice concerts in the big churches. I'm happy to be a part of this, and the audience has been really appreciative."

This year, Jackstien and his group — drummer Jay Lawrence, bassist Lars Yorgason and vocalist Jill Angerbauer (Jackstien's daughter) — will welcome father-and-son jazz-guitar duo Mike and Corey Christiansen.

"Mike is a professor and director of guitar studies at Utah State University," Jackstien said. "I first met him a few years ago when my group went to Logan and had the opportunity to play a job with him and his group, the Lightwood Duo.

"I thought they were great," Jackstien said. "And so, when I was the director of the Snowbird Jazz & Blues Festival later on, I asked him to play for us."

Jackstien met Corey Christiansen, senior music editor and adviser of product development for Mel Bay Records/Publications. He is also the artist in residence for the Music School in American Fork.

"In my other job, I'm a marketing adviser," said Jackstien, who is the president of Marketing Masters Associates. "I did a marketing project for the Music School, and that's where I met Corey."

The idea to have a father-and-son concert for this year's Winter Solstice show was formed when the SLCJazz Series brought John and Bucky Pizzarelli to the Sheraton City Center this summer.

"That father-and-son idea just sounded like a good idea," Jackstien said.

Also making an appearance at the Winter Solstice concert will be narrator Spence Kinard.

The concert's program will include a tribute to all the seasons, Jackstien said. "Songs such as 'It Might as Well Be Spring,' 'Summertime,' 'Early Autumn' and 'Winter Wonderland.' I think we'll also play some nonseasonal numbers that we'll try to tie into the spirit.

"It's always a good performance, and we're looking forward to it."

If you go ...

What: 14th Annual Winter Solstice Concert, Larry Jackstien Group, Corey and Mike Christiansen

Where: St. Mark's Cathedral, 231 E. 100 South

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free, but donations will be accepted

Web: www.stmarkscathedral-ut.org


E-mail: scott@desnews.com

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