Utah Opera concludes its run of Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" with a matinee today at 2 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre. Tickets, at $6-$20, are available at the door.
With Dean Ryan conducting, Joseph Henninger-Potter portrays the crippled lad Amahl, with Tricia Swanson as his mother, David Arnold, Don Becker and William Goeglein as the three kings. Susan Deauvono and Andrea Evans sing Hansel and Gretel, with Diane Beesley as the witch.- THE THURSDAY SINGERS, Helen Mitcheltree conducting, will present a Christmas program today at 3:30 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.
Program highlights include a 1591 carol from "The Pageant of the Shearmen and the Taylors" and "Verbum caro factus est," Hassler's motet for Christmas Day, also traditional and folk arrangements, with piano and guitar providing a variety of familiar contemporary sounds.
- THE TWILIGHT CHAMBER SERIES on behalf of the homeless will present its third program of the season today at 5 p.m. at the home of associate Utah Symphony concertmaster Gerald Elias, 660 11th Ave.
Performing will be violinist Carol Borman, cellist Daniel Gwin and pianist Julian Ward, in Brahms' Trio in A minor, Op. 114; violinist Katherine Peterson and pianist Bonnie Bennett in Respighi's Sonata in B minor; and horn William Barnewitz, violinists John Thompson and Richard Stout, violist Jeffrey Wagner and cellist John Eckstein in Mozart's E flat major Quintet for Horn and Strings.
Seating is limited to 50, at a suggested donation of $35 per person, with a buffet supper following the concert.
- THE SALT LAKE MEN'S CHOIR will present their annual Christmas concert at 7 this evening in Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. With KSL Radio's Amanda Dickson as emcee, T. Brent Carter will conduct a program that includes Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and Saint-Saens' "Praise Ye the Lord" along with many familiar and novel Christmas songs, with soloists from the choir.
Admission is $5.
- THE WEBER STATE SINGERS will perform on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Browning Center for the Performing Arts on the Ogden campus. Evelyn M. Harris will conduct the group in a program whose theme is "The Carols of Christmas," with traditional carols, old favorites and Christmas pops, including audience participation. Tickets, at $3 ($1.50 students/seniors), may be purchased at the Dee Events Center or at the door.
- MUSIC RANGING FROM Henry Cowell's "Ostinato Percussion" to Julio Fernandez's "Shanghai Gumbo" will be featured on a concert by the Brigham Young University Percussion Ensemble on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center.
Also included will be a ragtime number, "Keep Movin' " by G. H. Green, and an African religious work featuring the BYU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Panoramic Steel will then join several alumni members for "Fire Down Below," which director Ron Brough describes as "a very difficult symphonic piece."
Tickets, at $4 ($3 with BYU identification), are available at the music ticket office, 378-7444.
- THE TREBLE CLEF WOMEN`S CHORUS will perform its annual Christmas concert on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., in the First Congregational Church, 2150 Foothill Dr. They will sing Bach's cantata, "For to Us a Child is Born" (soloists Todd Miller and Mary Ann Dresher) and a mix of light songs and carols in ancient, traditional and modern style. Mark E. Howarth conducts. Admission is $3, $1 children, and $10 a family.
- THE MORMON YOUTH SYMPHONY, Robert C. Bowden conducting, will present its annual Christmas Carol Sing-In Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. and admission is free, with lyrics to be provided. However, participants are encouraged to bring the score of Handel's "Messiah," as the "Hallelujah" Chorus will be on the program.
- BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY'S Group for New Music will present a concert Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Included on the free program will be "Reading" by Lukas Foss, "Olson III" by minimalist composer Terry Riley, as well as a cantata by the group's director, Michael Hicks. A recording of Hungarian composer Zoltan Pongracz's "Story of a C-Sharp Major Chord" will also be featured.
- THE OGDEN COMMUNITY CHOIR will present its Christmas concert in two places during the coming week - on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Ogden's Church of the Good Shepherd, and on Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Temple Square Assembly Hall, both at 7:30 p.m. The program, directed by Evelyn M. Harris, will include the Bruckner Te Deum, Robert Russell Bennett's "The Many Moods of Christmas" and a selection of familiar carols. Admission is free.
- PARISIAN PIANIST ERIC ARNAL will present a benefit recital for the Utah Flute Association Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Place on the Westminster College campus. Admission is $5 ($3 students/seniors).
Arnal holds a degree in theory and composition from the Paris Conservatoire and is currently obtaining a master's degree in piano performance at the University of Utah, where he studies with Gladys Gladstone. He will be heard in music of Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, (the "Waldstein" Sonata), Rachmaninoff and Ravel. His wife, flutist Joan Bauman, will also perform music of Messiaen and Roussel.
- "NEW SOUNDS FOR CHRISTMAS `90," the annual holiday concert of the Composers Guild, will be presented
Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake Tenth Ward, 420 S. 800 East. Admission is free, with the public invited.
Featured will be new Christmas music by area composers, including Ann and Bob Bailey, Bawn Ballantyne, Faline Christensen, Cori Conners, Julianne Earl, Brian J. Fetzer, Ruth Gatrell, Judy Checketts Hatch, Judy Ranae Korlin, Rubens Marshall, Charlotte Sheffield Maxfield, Michael Mehl, Lloyd Miller, Charlene Newell, S. Frank Stringham and Karen Thayne.
Performers will include, besides the above, a ladies' barbershop chorus, the Ruth Gatrell Singers and a group of children from the Cook Elementary Third Grade Satellite program.
- THE ELEANOR KENNARD CHORALE will perform Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Included on the holiday program will be carols by Alfred Burt ("Caroling, Caroling"), Natalie Sleeth and John Rutter as well as popular Christmas songs by Irving Berlin ("White Christmas"), Mel Torme, Meredith Willson and Jule Styne. Admission is free.
- THE JAY WELCH CHORALE will present its annual Quarters for Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Salt Lake Community College Skills Center, 1040 W. 700 South. Voluntary contributions are encouraged, with free parking available near the hall.
- MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID DALTON will lead the Salt Lake Symphony in a baroque-flavored holiday program Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Featured will be Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 5, with soloists Marilyn Felt Anderson and Francine Felt Potter, Handel's Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2, music from Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Christmas music of Mozart and Leroy Anderson, among others, and selections for brass and organ.
The Felt sisters both studied at the McCune School of Music and the Music Academy of the West before joining the Utah Symphony, of which they were each longtime members.
Starting time for Saturday's concert is 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.
- THE WESTMINSTER COLLEGE CHORUS will give a free concert of holiday music on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Westminster College's Gore Hall. Led by Robert Zabriskie, the singers will perform works of Mendelssohn, Lloyd Webber, Sweelinck, Mozart, Praetorius, Adam and Leroy Anderson. Heidi Sonja Bloyer and Jayne Swensen will be soloists, and the Westminster Renaissance Singers will perform songs from the 15th and 16th centuries, in period dress.
- THE CHRISTMAS CHORUS, a women's group conducted by Martha Sargent, will sing Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and other seasonal music Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Utah State Hospital Chapel in Provo. Admission is free. Programmed numbers include "O Publish the Glad Story," arranged by James Kasen, who will also be organist for several numbers. Original carols and arrrangements by John Rutter figure prominently in a varied program.
- THE SALT LAKE SYMPHONIC CHOIR, assisted by the Intermountain Brass Quintet, returns to the Cathedral of the Madeleine with its "Many Moods of Christmas" Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at 8 p.m.
In its 17th edition of the popular program, directed by George Welch, the choir will sing music of Rutter, Mendelssohn, Adam, Praetorius, Burt, Berlin, and various carol arrangements. Admission is free.