British pianist Leslie Howard returns to perform on the Nova Chamber Music Series Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.

Originally from Australia, Howard has in recent years made his home in London, where he performs and records for the Hyperion label. In 1986 he served on the jury of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and that same year was awarded the Ferenc Liszt Medal of Honor by the Hungarian government for his advocacy of that composer's music. In 1988 he succeeded Louis Kentner as president of the British Liszt Society and the following year was awarded the Hungarian Liszt Society's Grand Priz du Disque for his Hyperion recording of the Ballades, Legends and Polonaises.Tuesday he will join members of the Utah Symphony in a program that will include Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452; Mendelssohn's Op. 110 Sextet; and the Dohnanyi Sextet for Piano, Winds and Strings. In addition, oboist James Hall will be heard in Lutoslawski's "Epitaph."

Also taking part will be clarinetist Edward Cabarga, bassoonist Mitchell Morrison, horn William Barnewitz, violinists John Thompson and Barbara Scowcroft, violists Leslie Blackburn and Catherine Manning, cellists Ellen Bridger and Ryan Selberg and bass David Yavornitzky.

Tickets, at $7 ($5 students/seniors), may be purchased in advance at Discriminator Records, Le Disque, Star Gazer, Waking Owl Books, Peter Prier Music and Saans Photography or, for $8, at the door. For information call 328-8827.

- SOPRANO ROSEMARY MATHEWS will present a faculty recital Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Allred Theatre of Weber State University's Browning Center for the Performing Arts in Ogden. Under the title "Seasons of a Woman's Life," her program will include arias from "La Boheme," "The Barber of Seville," "La Forza del Destino" and "The Fantasticks" as well as songs of Schumann and Brahms.

The same program will be repeated Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Starting time for each is 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

- ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR KIRK MUSPRATT will lead the Utah Symphony Chamber Orchestra in a "Mostly Mozart" program Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center and again Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall.

Principal cellist Ryan Selberg will be the featured soloist in Haydn's Concerto in C Major for Cello and Orchestra. The Mozart offerings will include the Overture to "Lucio Silla," the K. 251 Divertimento in D Major and the Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major.

Selberg joined the Utah Symphony in 1975, after a stint as principal cellist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Born in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of UCLA, where he studied with Joseph di Tullio.

Tickets to the BYU concert, to be presented in the de Jong Concert Hall, are $7 with BYU identification and $9 without. Tickets to the Symphony Hall performance are $12 general admission, $18 reserved and $5 students. For information call 533-NOTE.

- "BALLET SHOWCASE," an evening of student choreography, will be presented by the University of Utah ballet department Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hayes-Christensen Theatre of the Marriott Center for Dance. Featured will be 10 selections choreographed by students from the ballet and modern dance departments. Styles will range from ballet to jazz.

Tickets, at $5 ($3 students/children), are available at Pioneer Memorial Theatre or at the door. For information call 581-6961.

- DOUBLE BASS PLAYER Benjamin Henderson will present a solo recital Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Accompanied by his father, Keith M. Henderson, he will perform music of Bach, Bottesini, Koussevitzky and Rachmaninoff as well as the Sonata in G minor of Henry Eccles.

A senior at Clearfield High School, Benjamin was picked to solo with the Utah Symphony on its 1990 "Salute to Youth" Concert. A member of the Mormon Youth Symphony and Utah Youth Symphony, he has also been selected as guest recitalist at the fourth annual Arizona Double Bass Symposium next March.

Admission to Friday's performance is free but limited to those 8 and older.

- PIANIST DEL PARKINSON will present an evening of Chopin Friday, Jan. 18, at Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center and again Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.

A BYU alumnus and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Parkinson is professor of piano at Boise State University. His program, called "Chopin the Poet," is the last in a series of Chopin retrospectives he is presenting. Included will be three of the Nocturnes, the F minor Fantaisie and the Four Ballades.

Admission each night is free, with a starting time of 7:30 p.m.