Ballet West concludes its run of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" at 2 p.m. today in the Capitol Theater, with Anatoli Kucheruk and Jane Wood leading the cast. Costumes and sets of this "picture perfect" ballet are designed by Peter Cazelet, with Terence Kern conducting the Utah Chamber Orchestra.
All tickets are priced at $15 and $25, with good seats available.- A CONCERT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN music, dance and drama, directed by Thomas Warfield, will take place at 4 p.m. today in Studio 240 of the University of Utah's Marriott Center for Dance. The free event is part of African-American Awareness Month activities, and a reception will follow.
The program will include poetry, an African dance by Warfield and Gesel Mason in African costumes, rap music and dance, and gospel music. The Black Student Union will perform scenes from plays of African-American experience.
- ANOTHER LANGUAGE will continue its presentation of "Home Movies & Other Family Secrets" today and next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 1-3, at 8 p.m. at Another Language performance studio, 345 Pierpont Ave. The multi-media program will feature new works and performances by members of Another Language. Tickets are $7 ($5 students/seniors), available at the door.
- UTAH SYMPHONY PRINCIPAL HARPIST Konrad Nelson will be the featured soloist on a Nova Chamber Music Series concert Monday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.
Joined by fellow harpist Tamara Oswald, flutists Jane Morrison Lyman and Sally Humphreys, clarinetist Edward Cabarga and members of the Western Arts Quartet, Nelson will be heard in an array of well-known pieces, including Debussy's "Danses Sacree et Profane," Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, the "Mediatation" from "Thais" by Massenet and "The Swan" from Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals."
Also featured will be Debussy's "Chansons de Bilitis," with recitations in French by Francoise Chanut, and music of Salzedo and Grandjany.
Born in Washington, D.C., Nelson grew up in California and Utah before studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Now in his fourth season with the Utah Symphony, he has soloed several times with that orchestra as well as on previous Nova programs.
General admission is $7 ($5 students/seniors) if purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Advance tickets may be obtained at Discriminator Records, Le Disque, Star Gazer, Waking Owl Books, Peter Prier Music and Saans Photography. For information call 328-8827.
- THE WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Symphonic Band will perform Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium of the Ogden school's Browning Center for the Performing Arts.
Leading off the program will be the 100-piece Mountain View High School Band of Orem, after which the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be heard in music of Grainger ("Lincolnshire Posy"), Bencriscutto and Shostakovich. Finally the Mountain View brass will join the WSU band in a performance of Alfred Reed's "Praise Jerusalem."
Tickets, at $3 ($1.50 students/seniors), are available at the Dee Events Center or at the door.
- POPULAR MUSIC from the past few decades will take center stage when the Brigham Young University Wind Symphony, Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus join forces for a Pops Concert Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Provo school's Harris Fine Arts Center.
The Wind Symphony, directed by David Blackinton, will perform selections from "The Phantom of the Opera" as well as Leroy Anderson's "Buglers' Holiday," Rosalind Hall will direct the Women's Chorus in a Barbra Streisand medley and the Men's Chorus will sing selections from the movie "The Little Mermaid" and "The Music Man."
Tickets are $3 with BYU identification and $4 without, available at the music ticket office, 378-7444.
- THE EPSILON MU Collegiate Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, the international music fraternity, will present a faculty-student recital Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in Room 303 of Gardner Hall on the University of Utah campus.
Members of the U. faculty who will perform include violinist Norma Lee Madsen Belnap and clarinetist Christie Lundquist, who will partner her student Jaren Hinckley in Poulenc's Sonata for Two Clarinets.
Other student performers include tenor Carlos Rodriquez, flutist Gayle Dawson and pianist Juliet Gamero. Gamero is chairman of the concert, which is free and open to the public.
- THE TOLSTIK FAMILY from Leningrad will perform Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in Park City's Egyptian Theatre, sponsored by the Park City Foundation for the Arts & Humanities.
A father, mother and son who immigrated to this country from the Soviet Union in 1989-90, the family will present an all-Russian program. They are flutist Vladimir Tolstik, violinist Vladimir Jr. and pianist Kira Merzhevskaya. Tickets, at $7 ($5 students), are available at Old Town Gallery or by calling 649-2464.
- MUSIC RANGING FROM BACH to Led Zeppelin will be featured on a concert by the Utah State University Percussion Ensembles on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Logan school's Chase Fine Arts Center.
Under the direction of Dennis Griffin, USU's Percussion and Marimba Ensembles will be joined by players from other Cache Valley schools for a program that will also include music of Strauss, Humperdinck and contemporary composer Christopher Rouse - his "Bonham," an ode to rock drummers.
Admission is $1, with tickets available at the door.
- THOMAS PASATIERI'S "Washington Square," based on the Henry James novel of the same name, will be Brigham Young University's winter opera.
Performances will begin Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Nelke Experimental Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center and continue Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, and March 5, all at 7:30 p.m., with a 5 p.m. matinee March 4. Tickets are $5 ($4 with BYU ID or senior citizens), available at the music ticket office, 378-7444.
In lower Manhattan in the late 19th century, Catherine Sloper is in conflict with her father, a wealthy physician, who doubts the intentions of her suitor, Morris Townsend. When Morris leaves after finding out Catherine has been disinherited, she discovers that neither he nor her father really loves her and she determines not to be dependent on any man.
Alternating as the ill-starred couple are Sara Daniels and LaDawn Gardner, Eric Glissmeyer and Robert Prosch, with Ross Bailey as Dr. Sloper. Douglas Reed is music director, with Arden Hopkin as stage director. Hopkin joined the BYU music faculty last fall, before which his experience included director of opera at Texas Christian University, director of the Bay City Music Festival and the Southwestern Opera Institute, and founding director of the Southwestern Chamber Opera Festival.
- EIGHT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY faculty members will present a chamber recital Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center.
Featured will be the husband-and-wife duo of Barbara and Glenn Williams in Vernon Duke's Etude for Violin and Bassoon and, with cellist James Hardy and pianist Clayton Williams, Telemann's Trio Sonata in F Major; Clyn Barrus and David Dalton will perform viola duos of Stamitz and Bartok, the latter arranged by William Primrose; and the concert will conclude with Donna Fairbanks and Lysa Rytting performing the Fantaisie for Violin and Harp by Camille Saint-Saens.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
- PIRIN BULGARIAN NATIONAL FOLK ENSEMBLE will bring its chorus, dancers and orchestra, a company of 85, to Weber State University's Browning Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the Dee Events Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 626-8500.
Pirin last toured America in 1982, but they are well remembered for their lavish spectacle, showcasing an illustrious heritage. Critics have commented on their freshness and originality, the contrast and variety of their program and the beauty of their costumes.
- CELLIST JULES ESKIN will join the Utah Symphony under Joseph Silverstein for a program of music with a Slavic cast Thursday, Feb. 28, in Logan at Utah State University's Chase Fine Arts Center and Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, in Symphony Hall. Starting time for each is 8 p.m.
Currently principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Eskin joined that orchestra in 1964 after three years as principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. A former Naumburg Competition winner, he has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and played with the Casals Festival Orchestra as well as appearing with Silverstein on a number of chamber recordings.
With the Utah Symphony he will solo in three works, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and Dvorak's "Silent Woods" and Rondo in G minor. In addition the orchestra will open the concert with Tchaikovsky's "Francesca da Rimini" and close with the first four of Dvorak's Op. 46 set of Slavonic Dances.
Admission to the USU concert is $12, $7 youth and, for students with USU ID, $2 in advance and $3 at the door; for information call 750-1657. Tickets Friday and Saturday are priced from $10 to $29, with student tickets available at $5; for information call 533-NOTE.
- THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF UTAH will present Handel's "Messiah" in the Richfield Tabernacle on Friday, March 1, and in Moab's Star Hall on Saturday, March 2. Both performances begin at 7 p.m.
This 75th-anniversary tour will be directed by Morris Lee. Soloists will be soprano Linda Faldmo Lee, alto Elizabeth Dawson, tenor David Arnold and baritone Robert E. Lee. James Drake will be at the organ.
- THE UTAH FLUTE ASSOCIATION will present New York flutist Keith Underwood in recital Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Nunemaker Place on the Westminster College campus. Accompanied by keyboardist Diane Bastian and guitarist Steve Lyman, he will be heard in sonatas of Benda, Devienne and Camargo Guarnieri together with music of Alfredo Casella, Astor Piazzola and Charles Wuorinen. Admission is $5 ($3 students/seniors), or free to UFA members.
In addition Underwood will conduct master classes at the same location Saturday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and be available for private lessons Sunday, March 3. Fee for the master classes is $5 for auditors or $10 for participants, for the lessons $35 an hour.
Solo flutist with the New York Chamber Soloists, the Arcadia Baroque Ensemble and the contemporary groups Parnassus and Musical Elements, Underwood is a well-known teacher of breathing techniques. In 1986 he received a Fulbright Grant to Brazil, where he taught and concertized. He has also appeared at the Spoleto Festival, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival and the Madeira Bach Festival.
- THE DRAPER SYMPHONY will present its Youth Concerto Night Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Draper City Hall, 12441 S. 900 East.
Featured each night will be five youth soloists, all members of the Draper Symphony and winners of various state and Music Federation competitions. They are violist Becky Andersen, in the Handel Viola Concerto; trumpeters Dennis and Lowell Wright in Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets; horn Bill Wright in Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2; and pianist Alena Glauser in the Rachmaninoff First Piano Concerto. Layne Wright will conduct.
Tickets are $3 adults, $2 students and $1 children 12 and under, with an $8 family ticket available for Friday's performance. For information call 571-6626.
- JOHN M. COOKSEY will lead the University of Utah Concert Chorale in a program of classical and inspirational pieces Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Included will be music of Byrd, Palestrina, Victoria, Bach, Mozart and Finzi along with a Morley madrigal ("Now Is the Month of Maying") and arrangements by Holst and Robert DeCormier.
Saturday, March 2, also at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall, cellist Roger Drinkall and pianist Dian Baker will perform. The husband-and-wife duo will be heard in sonatas of Beethoven, Kodaly and Sammartini along with music of Faure ("Apres un Reve"), Saint-Saens and Robert Kelly.
Admission is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- THE SALT LAKE BALLET THEATRE presents "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah. The Utah Junior Ballet collaborates.
Approximately 85 dancers aged 9-18, selected from over 150 auditioning, will portray sprites, underworld creatures, gypsies and Renaissance dancers. Guest artists will be Jefrey Horne, formerly of the Utah Ballet, and Sharissa Gardner. The SLBT is directed by Jillana Hess Webb, and Linda Fenton directs the Junior Ballet. Tickets are $3 adults, $2 children, in advance at Kingsbury Hall or at the door.
- THE BYU DANCERS' COMPANY will perform in the Bingham High School auditorium Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m., climaxing a week of demonstrations and artists-in-education programs in Jordan District schools. Admission will be $2 for adults (Jordan District students free) with parents and students from other districts invited. Co-sponsors are the Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan City Arts Councils.