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Mozart's 'Grand Mass' Saturday at USU

Published: Thursday, July 28 2011 6:10 p.m. MDT

Kiera Duffy

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This has been a "Summer of Mozart" in Cache Valley, what with the Old Lyric Repertory Company's production of "Amadeus," and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater's production of "Don Giovanni" and Mozart's "Requiem."

Homage to one of the world's greatest composers will culminate with the Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts and Legacy Music Alliance presentation of Mozart's "Grand Mass in C Minor," featuring soloists from the Metropolitan Opera.

The concert, which will also feature the Minnesota Orchestra's principal bassoonist, John Miller, in a performance of Mozart's "Concerto in B-flat for Bassoon and Orchestra," will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the USU Performance Hall.

"This is music at its finest, comparable to any of the exceptional concerts one may find in New York City, London or any of the great music capitals of the world," says Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts.

Guest soloists for the "Grand Mass" are Kiera Duffy, who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera with a repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Verdi to Berg and Zorn; Stanford Olsen, who graduated from the University of Utah and made his Metropolitan Opera debut on an hour's notice as Arturo in "I Puritani;" Cindy Dewey, a professor at USU who has been a finalist in national and international competitions; and Steven Meredith, a graduate of Snow College, "who is one of the most sought-after concert performers in the U.S.," says Michael Huff, director of special programs for the Caine College of the Arts.

They will be accompanied by a chorus of about 40 singers, drawn from around the state and the region who have come together as part of "The Mozart Project."

The "Grand Mass in C Minor" is the first of what the college plans as an annual series of choral masterpieces, presented at part of its Summer Music Institute, says Huff. "We think it will be one of the really great musical things happening in Utah in the summer. It's definitely something worth crowing about."

The Music Institute provides "a great learning, a great singing experience," he says. Other offerings this summer have included a "Trade Secrets" conference from music teachers, and 300 young singers and dancers participating in the "Freedom Fire" Independence Day celebration. Next summer's program will feature the works of Bach.

"Under the guidance of Craig Jessop and other leaders, the institute is planting seeds that will yield a rich musical harvest. With Jessop's work with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and before that the U.S. Air Force, we have a deep, deep well of experience to draw from."

Concert tickets are $10 for general seating and can be purchased at the box office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center or by calling 435-797-8022.

Email: carma@desnews.com

If you go …

What: Mozart's "Grand Mass in C Minor"

Where: USU Performance Hall, Logan

When: Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

How much: $10

Phone: 435-797-8022

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