Classical guitarist Steve Lyman will present a solo recital today at Westminster College, beginning at 3 p.m. in Gore Hall. He will perform music of Bach, Faure, Ibert, Britten and Rodrigo. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.
- SOPRANO EVELYN HARRIS will give a free faculty recital on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Allred Theatre of Weber State College's Browning Center for the Performing Arts.Joining her will be Paul Joines, cello; Dave Feller, oboe; and Mary Ray Johnson, harpsichord, in a recently published work of Handel. Also on the program are "As Dew in April" by e.e. cummings for voice and clarinet, Schubert songs and songs of the Spanish, Italian and French repertoire. Johnson will also solo in piano music of Ravel and Rachmaninoff.
Harris is director of the Weber State Singers, the college's vocal area and the Ogden Community Choir.
- VERDI'S "OTELLO" will continue at the Capitol Theatre this week with performances on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Oct. 15, 17 and 19, at 8 p.m., also Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Tickets, priced from $10 to $30, are on sale at the opera box office, 524-8383. Students with proper ID may purchase tickets at half-price a half hour before the performance.
Utah Opera's season-opening production of the Verdi-Shakespeare classic stars George Gray and David Rampy (Oct. 15 and 19) in the title role, with Natalia Rom as Desdemona, Roy Stevens as Iago and James Miller as Cassio. Anton Coppola will conduct the soloists and chorus, prepared by Dean Ryan, and David Morelock is stage director. Costumes are by Susan Memmott Allred, lighting by Greg Geilmann and sets from Syracuse and Indianapolis Opera.
- TWO BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY music professors will perform in recital this week. First trombonist Daniel Bachelder will be heard Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Accompanying him will be pianist Mack Wilberg in a program of trombone and euphonium music of Weber, Arthur Pryor and Warner Huchinson.
Then on Wednesday, Oct. 17, also at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall, saxophonist Ray Smith will play pieces of Villa-Lobos, Pierre Max Dubois, Leon Stein and John C. Worley on a variety of instruments.
Admission to each is free.
- ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR Kirk Muspratt will lead the Utah Symphony in a program of popular favorites Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of Utah State University's Chase Fine Arts Center in Logan.
Included will be such familiar fare as Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours," Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday," a selection of music by the Strauss family and the final two movements of the Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony.
Admission is $12 adult, $7 youth or $2 in advance with a USU activity card. For information call 750-1657.
- THE OGDEN WOODWIND QUINTET will perform Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Allred Theatre of Weber State College's Browning Center for the Performing Arts in Ogden. The group is composed of flutist Lorinda Atwater, clarinetist Mark Salita, oboist Mike Paul, bassoonist Bill Newton and John Halvorsen, horn.
Admission is $3, available at the Dee Events Center or at the door, and starting time is 8 p.m.
- MOZART'S "MAGIC FLUTE" will be presented by the Brigham Young University Music Theatre on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-20,and Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., with a 5 p.m. matinee Monday, Oct. 22, in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Tickets, at $7 ($6 with BYU identification), may be purchased at the BYU music ticket office, 378-7444.
The opera has its 200th anniversary this year, and operagoers can expect a magical evening, said director Neil Vanderpool. He sees some parallels between the trials of Tamino and Pamina, who must pass many tests, and the problems of modern life. "The show is really about the opposition between the light and the dark, and the light is wonderfully represented in the music of Mozart with its magical lilt," he said.
Sets and lighting are by Michael Handly and costumes by Rory Scanlon. Opera department director Clayne Robison has provided an original translation and will conduct full orchestra and a cast and chorus of more than 60.
With double casting on major roles, Peter Asplund and Scott Perdue will alternate as Tamino, Karen Early and LaDawn Gardner as Pamina, Jeff Nielsen and Robert Prosch as Papageno, and Rebecca Pyper and Sarah Daniels as Papagena. Aaron Dalton and Ross Bailey will perform Sarastro, with Veronica Hanson and Jana Garrett as the Queen of the Night.
- THREE CONCERTS are scheduled as part of Brigham Young University's first "Octubafest," to be held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20, in the Harris Fine Arts Center.
All are free and open to the public, beginning with a performance Thursday, Oct. 18, by the newly formed Utah Tuba Quartet. Ensemble members are Steve Call, Daniel Bachelder, Mike McCawley and Paul Evans, to be heard in the Tuba Quartet of Willhelm Ransoe and Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Tuba Waltz."
Headlining the festival will be an Oct. 19 recital by Jim Self, a Los Angeles-based studio musician, whose artistry can be heard on the soundtracks of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Hunt for Red October," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "The Little Mermaid." His program Friday will feature him in music of Halsey Stevens and Antonio Capuzzi. Joining him for the second half will be the BYU Faculty Jazz Quartet.
The three-day event will conclude Saturday with the Grand Octubafest Concert, like the other concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Featured will be the Utah Tuba Quartet, Jim Self, the BYU student Tuba Euphonium Ensemble and the Festival Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, which will include all festival participants. Works to be performed range from the Beatles' "Yesterday" to arrangements of American folk songs by Roger Vaughn.
- THE JUPITER TRIO, a chamber-music group consisting of violinist Lynn Braus, cellist Kevan Torfeh and pianist Joanne Pearce, will perform Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Place on the Westminster College campus. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Pearce performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. Torfeh is currently principal cellist of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. Braus is a member of the Utah Symphony.
They will be heard in three pieces, Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor, Op. 49, Shostakovich's Trio No. 1 and, with violist Leslie Blackburn, Mozart's Piano Quartet in D minor, and admission is free.
- FLUTIST MARK THOMAS will perform Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Place on the Westminster College campus. Accompanied by pianist Diane Bastain, he will be heard in sonatas of C.P.E. Bach and Jean-Baptiste Loeillet as well as pieces by Dubois, Langer and Andre Previn. In addition flutist Joyce Bennett will join him in a performance of Blavet's Variations on a Theme by Corelli.
A respected pedagogue, Thomas is currently executive vice president and design consultant for Emerson Musical Instruments. He was the founder and remains honorary life president of the National Flute Association.
Admission is $5 ($3 students/seniors), or free to Utah Flute Association members, one of the sponsors of the recital. The following morning at 9 Thomas will conduct a master class at Summerhays Music Co.; admission is free.
- PIANIST REX WOODS will perform music of Bach, Chopin (the Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante), Ravel (the Sonatine), Albeniz and Mompou among others Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Currently on the piano faculty of the University of Arizona, Woods studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. He also holds a law degree from Arizona State University.
He will be followed on Saturday, Oct. 20, also at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall, by harpsichordist Claire Bush, in a program of Bach, Scarlatti and Handel. A graduate of BYU with a degree in piano performance, she currently teaches harpsichord at the Y. as well as a slate of private piano students.
Admission to each is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- MUSIC DIRECTOR Michael A. Palumbo will conduct the New American Symphony Orchestra in a pair of concerts next weekend, Friday, Oct. 19, in Weber State College's Browning Center and Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Layton High School auditorium. Starting time for each is 7:30 p.m. with admission $3 ($2 students/seniors).
Composed of musicians from along the Wasatch Front, the orchestra will be heard each night in three pieces: Beethoven's "Egmont" Overture, Sibelius' "Finlandia" and Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major (the "Great").
Tickets may be purchased at the Dee Events Center or, for Saturday's performance, the Layton Heritage Museum or each evening at the door.
- THE MULTITALENTED Steve Allen will join the Utah Symphony on its annual retirement-fund benefit concert Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall.
Conducted by music director Joseph Silverstein, the orchestra will open the evening with three pieces by Russian composers: the Overture to Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla," the Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 and the same composer's "Capriccio Italien."
Then Allen will appear at the piano for a postintermission sampling of his own music ("Impossible," "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" etc.) and famous ad-libs. Renowned as the creator and first host of "The Tonight Show," the bespectacled comedian is also a composer, an author, an actor ("The Benny Goodman Story"), a pianist and singer.
In his lengthy career he has composed more than 4,000 songs for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and others and in 1986 was inducted into the TV Academy's Hall of Fame.
Tickets to Saturday's concert range in price from $10 to $23, with proceeds going to the musicians' retirement fund. For information call 533-NOTE.