Geoffrey Chambers Hughes, one of Utah's outstanding patrons of the arts, will receive the third annual Madeleine Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and Humanities. He will be honored at a dinner at the New Yorker Club on Sunday, April 7.
A member of Ballet West's board of trustees since 1980, Hughes has been instrumental in procuring several new works for the company. He is a principal sponsor of a new full-length ballet, "Lord Byron," now in production. His interest in developing promising young choreographers has benefited both Ballet West and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and helped local artists to advance their education, training and experience.For San Francisco Opera, he made possible the production of Verdi's "Orlando Furioso" in 1989.
"Geoffrey Hughes exemplifies the true patron of the arts, one who champions, protects and supports," said award committee chairman Drew Browning.
- GLEN L. SLIGHT, long visible on the local musical and theatrical scene, has been named as music director of the Swanee Singers Male Chorus. He replaces Bud Ross, who served only six months.
Organized in 1914 under J. Spencer Cornwall, the Swanee Singers is thought to be the oldest organized volunteer male chorus in the West. It numbers 60 singers, with openings currently available. Practices are Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Highland High School music room.
- PIANIST CHRISTIE PEERY of Provo recently took second place in the Soviet-American Youth Festival in New York. As part of her prize she will perform on a winners recital March 7 in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She has previously soloed with a number of orchestras, including the Utah Symphony, and later this year will perform on Temple Square.
- MAURICE TAYLOR, a longtime supporter and board member of the Oratorio Society of Utah, has been given the honorary title of director emeritus.