Conductor Robert Debbaut takes up the cudgel, and the baton, on behalf of New England composer George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) this week on a University of Utah Symphony Orchestra concert that will feature what is being billed as the Utah premiere of Chadwick's Symphony No. 2, Monday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in Gardner Hall on the U. campus.
Premiered by the Boston Symphony in 1886, the Chadwick symphony embodies European models - particularly Dvorak - and uniquely American influences. It will be joined on the program by a performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto, with China's Wei-Hui Mau as soloist.There is no admission charge, although donations to the music department scholarship fund will be accepted.
- VARIOUS BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY faculty ensembles will perform in a chamber recital Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center.
Featured will be mezzo-soprano Lila Stuart, flutist Elaine Jorgensen, cellist Roger Drinkall and pianist Dian Baker in Ravel's "Chanson Madecasses," oboist Geralyn Giovannetti, horn Gaylen Hatton and pianist Mack Wilberg in a Reinecke trio and Drinkall and bass Walter Birkedahl in a Rossini duo. The faculty brass quintet Brassworks will then close the concert with Four Movements for Brass Quintet by Collier Jones.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
- THE KRONOS QUARTET returns to Utah this week for a performance Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Logan in Utah State University's Eccles Conference Center. Starting time is 8 p.m. for a program that will feature the San Francisco-based quartet in music of Alfred Schnittke (the Quartet No. 3), Istvan Marta ("The Glassblower's Dream"), Akira Nishimura ("Heterophony") and John Zorn, among others.
Over the past 12 years Kronos has established itself as perhaps the leading voice for new music among string quartets. With a repertoire ranging from Ives and Bartok to John Cage, Terry Riley and Charlie Mingus, it presents more than 100 concerts a year around the world as well as its own radio series, "Radio Kronos," broadcast throughout the United States. Its members are David Harrington and John Sherba, violins; Hank Dutt, viola; and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud.
Tickets, at $8 ($3 students), are available at Sunrise Cyclery or the USU Ticket Office. In addition at 7 p.m. Mildred Johnson will present a preconcert lecture on the program. For information call 752-2667.
- THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Percussion Ensembles I and II and the Marimba Ensemble will perform in concert Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in Gardner Hall on the U. campus. Under the director of Douglas Wolf, the Percussion Ensemble I will premiere "Past Midnight," commissioned from Tom Guager of the Boston Symphony.
Tickets, at $3 ($2 students), will be available at the door.
- WESTERN OPERA THEATRE, apprentice touring company of the San Francisco Opera, will make its only Utah stop this year in St. George, at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. WOT will perform Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" as part of the Dixie College Celebrity Series. Tickets are $10 ($8 youth) or free to Dixie College students with activity cards.
Featured singers are winners of SFO's national auditions who have been trained in the company's Merola Opera Program. Many of them move up to full participation in SFO main stage productions.
- THE SALT LAKE SYMPHONY will present its annual "Evening in Vienna" Thursday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.
The program will be conducted by David Dalton, now in his eighth season as music director, and will feature, in addition to waltzes, marches and polkas of the Strauss family - including "Tales From the Vienna Woods" - the Overture to Suppe's "The Beautiful Galathea," Sieczynski's "Vienna, City of My Dreams" and the Suite from Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier."
In addition pianist Jennie Watson, currently a freshman at the Univesity of Utah, will solo in the finale of Mozart's Concerto No. 20 in D minor. Charles Krauser will also perform zither solos.
Admission is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- UTAH BALLET will dance its winter concert Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9, with performances nightly at 7:30, also Saturday at 2 p.m., in the Hayes/Christensen Theatre of U.'s Marriott Center for Dance. Tickets are $7 ($4 U. students and children) and may be purchased in advance at the Pioneer Theatre box office or at the door.
The program will consist of four works, including artistic director Conrad Ludlow's "Gounod Variations" for a principal couple and eight corps women, set to the Walpurgis Night music from "Faust."
Also programmed is Jules Perrot's "Pas de Quatre," (1845) which originally united the four great female dancers of the romantic era - Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Lucille Grahn. It will be danced as recreated and set on Utah Ballet dancers by Anton Dolin in 1983. Two works of Balanchine, "Minkus Pas de Trois" and "Sylvia Pas de Deux," will complete the program. Soloists in the "Sylvia" excerpt will be Jennie Creer and Joseph Woelfel, a former Ballet West soloist.
- SOPRANO ROSEMARY MATHEWS will appear in yet another presentation of her evening of opera and song, "Seasons in a Woman's Life," Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center. Accompanied by pianist Carole Bradshaw, her program will include "Mi chiamono Mimi" from Puccini's "La Boheme," Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben" and arrangements of the Brahms Lullaby and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
Admission is free.
- THE MONTAGUE/MEAD DUO from Great Britain will perform at the University of Utah's Gardner Hall on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. Stephen Montague is a composer and specialist in computer-generated music. His compositions have been performed, recorded and broadcast in Europe and North America. Philip Mead is a pianist and leading figure in British contemporary music, whose repertoire embraces the full range of keyboard literature from the 18th century to the avant-garde.
Together they will present new music by British and American composers for piano and electronics. Included willl be pieces by Barry Anderson, Denis Smalley, Brian Bevelander, Simon Emmerson, Charles Amirkhanian and Montague himself.
Tickets are $2 and $4 and may be purchased at the door.
- ELIZABETH BALLANTYNE ELLIOTT, a special instructor in piano at Brigham Young University, will perform Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Included on her program, which is free to the public, will be music of Bach (the English Suite No. 3), Haydn, Mendelssohn and Ravel.
Elliott holds degrees in piano and literature from the Eastman School of Music. She has been a member of the BYU piano faculty since 1988.
- PIANIST JOHN BROWNING and conductor Jorge Mester will combine for a pair of Utah Symphony subscription concerts this week, with performances Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, in Symphony Hall.
The major works each evening will be Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, with Browning as soloist, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World"). In addition Mester will also lead the orchestra in Beethoven's "Leonore" Overture No. 3, originally composed for the opera "Fidelio."
Browning's career was launched in the mid-'50s with three consecutive awards, first the Steinway Centennial Award, then the Levintritt Competition and finally second prize in the Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians Competition. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1956 and since 1960 has been a familiar face on the international concert scene.
Currently music director of the Pasadena Symphony, Mester is also chief conductor of the West Australia Symphony and conductor laureate of the Aspen Music Festival, where he served as music director for 20 years.
An informal pre-concert lecture will be presented each evening at 7:15 in the hall. Tickets to the concert are priced from $10 to $29 ($5 students) and are available at the Symphony Hall box office, 533-NOTE.