The University of Utah Concert Chorale, directed by John M. Cooksey, will present a program of classical and inspirational pieces at 8 this evening in Room 200 of Gardner Hall on the U. campus. Included will be music of Byrd, Victoria, Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Holst and Finzi. The newly formed Chamber Singers will also perform music of Janequin, Morley and Hassler. The Chorale is currently preparing for an Asian tour Sept. 1-16, including stops in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand.
Admission is $3 ($2 students/children), available at the door.- THE WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY Faculty String Quartet will perform Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ogden school's Browning Center for the Performing Arts. The group consists of violinists Shi-Hwa Wang and Peggy Wheelright, violist Michael Palumbo and cellist Paul Joines. They will be heard in music of Mozart (the "Dissonant" Quartet), Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. Admission is free.
- ROBERT DEBBAUT will lead the University of Utah Symphony Orchestra in a free concert Monday, March 11, at 8 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall. Featured will be senior voice major Todd Miller in tenor arias from Bizet's "Carmen" and Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore." Also on the program: Bernstein's Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor (the "Little Russian").
- THE BYU MEN'S CHORUS - at 185 voices, one of the largest men's choral groups in the nation - will perform Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center. Directed by Mack Wilberg, the program will range from devotional music of John Rutter to songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael.
Tickets are $3 with BYU identification and $4 without, available at the music ticket office, 378-7444.
- THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH New Music Ensemble, directed by Morris Rosenzweig, will present a free concert Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m. in Gardner Hall. Included on the program will be Anton Webern's Five Pieces for String Quartet, Gyorgy Ligeti's "Hungarian Rock" for solo harpsichord, Earl Kim's "now and then," Arvo Paert's "Fratres" and four of Aaron Copland's Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson.
Among the performers will be soprano Anne Riggio, mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Dresher, pianist Kimberly Crosby, clarinetist Jaren Hinckley, violinist Lynnette Thredgold and harpist Lynette Wardle.
- TOP STUDENTS in the Utah State University music department will be featured on the annual Concerto Concert, Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m. in Logan's Chase Fine Arts Center.
Performing with members of the USU Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra will be sopranos Susan Ames and Linda Mugleston, cellist Brent Smith, organist Troy Hunter and pianists Shane Pemann and Peter Watkins, all winners in last December's concerto competition. They will be heard in music of Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Mozart.
Mark Emile and James McWhorter will conduct, and tickets are $4 ($2 students/youth), available at the door.
- MUSIC FOR MARIMBAS, xylophones and tubas will be featured on "An Evening of Brass and Percussion" Wednesday, March 13, in the Monson Theatre of Weber State University's Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Among the pieces to be performed are Carlos Chavez's Toccata, Paul Creston's "Ceremonial," Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" and the song "You Made Me Love You," the last two as arranged for tuba quartet.
Tickets are $2 ($1 students/seniors), available at the door.
- THE "1812" OVERTURE, complete with miniature cannons, will climax an all-Tchaikovsky program to be presented by the Utah Valley Symphony on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Provo Tabernacle.
Under conductor Clyn Barrus, the orchestra will open the evening with a performance of the Symphony No. 6 ("Pathetique"), followed by the Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra. Soloist in the latter will be BYU music professor Roger Drinkall.
Soloing in the "1812" will be 16 miniature cannons built and manned by Karl Furr, who normally plays French horn in the orchestra.
Tickets, at $4 ($3 students/seniors), may be pruchased at the door, with free parking available at the Utah County complex east of the Tabernacle.
- WINDHAM HILL RECORDING ARTISTS the Modern Mandolin Quartet swing through Utah this week for four performances as part of the Utah Arts Council's Performing Arts Tour.
They are scheduled Wednesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in St. George's Dixie Center; Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center; Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle School; and Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the ensemble consists of two mandolins, played by Mike Marshall and Dana Rath; mandala, played by Paul Binkley; and mandocello, played by John Imholz. The instruments correspond to the two violins, viola and cello of the conventional string quartet.
The group specializes in playing music originally written for piano, guitar, string quartet or orchestra, as well as newly commissioned pieces by contemporary American composers. Included on this week's programs will be arrangements, by ensemble members, of excerpts from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Shostakovich's "The Age of Gold," Ravel's "Mother Goose," Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, "West Side Story" and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" Suite.
While here, the quartet will also be involved in workshops, master classes and lecture-demonstrations. Tickets are priced at $6 for the St. George concert, $7 ($6 students/seniors) at BYU, $7 ($5 students) at Park City and $10 in advance, $12 the day of the concert, at the U.
For information call 533-5895.
- TRUMPETER KEITH DAVIS will solo with the University of Utah Wind Symphony Thursday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. He will be heard in the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, on a program that also includes arrangements of Mozart, Bernstein and Shostakovich and the Symphony No. 3 for Band of Vittorio Giannini. James R. Jorgenson will conduct and admission is free.
- THE BYU THEATRE BALLET, recently returned from touring the Pacific Northwest, will present Ballet Showcase on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 185 of the Richards Building on the Provo campus. Tickets, at $4 ($3 BYU community), are available at the door or in advance at 165 Richards Building, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sandra Allen, Mark Lanham and Yi Qi Cheng will direct a program that opens with Lanham's lighthearted "Alpine Loop." Solo variations from "Paquita" and "Les Sylphides," "Wind Chimes" by Darryl Yeager, for the jazz lover "All I Need to Know" by Kim Lanham, also "Voices" by Lisa Clements, will precede variations and the entire third act from "Coppelia."
- CONDUCTOR JAHJA LING makes his Utah Symphony debut this week in concerts Thursday, March 14, in Ogden, at Weber State University's Browning Center for the Performing Arts, and Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, in Symphony Hall. Starting time for each is 8 p.m.
Currently music director of the Florida Orchestra and resident conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, Ling will lead the orchestra in the Toccata Concertante of Irving Fine, Chopin's Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, in E minor, and the Sibelius Second Symphony. Soloist in the Chopin will be pianist Seung-Un Ha, substituting for Andrea Lucchesini, who was originally announced.
Born in Jakarta, Ling was awarded a Rockefeller grant at the age of 18 to attend New York's Juilliard School of Music. While there, he was also awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. Since then his conducting engagements have taken him before most of this country's major orchestras, as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the National Philharmonic of Taiwan.
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Ha studied at the Music Academy of the West, the Juilliard School and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where her teachers included Leon Fleisher. She won first prize in the Young Musicians Foundation National Debut Competition and, most recently, the San Jose Symphony Young Artist Competition. She resides in New York City.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are priced from $10 to $29 ($5 students), with a complimentary preconcert lecture to be presented each evening at 7:15; for information call 533-NOTE.
For tickets to the Ogden concert, call 399-9214.
- MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID DALTON will perform as viola soloist with the Salt Lake Symphony, along with his wife, soprano Donna Dalton, Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.
The Daltons will be heard in Merrill Bradshaw's "Four Elizabethan Lyrics," written for them in 1981. Clyn Barrus will conduct the program, which will also feature the Overture to Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and the Dvorak Seventh Symphony.
Formerly principal violist of the Vienna Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, Barrus is director of orchestras at Brigham Young University and conductor of both the Utah Valley Symphony and the Utah Valley Youth Symphony.
Admission each night is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- UTAH'S INDIAN COMMUNITY will present Anjani's Kathak Dance of India, on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bryant Intermediate School, 40 S. 800 East. Tickets for the event range from $5-$9, available in advance at Gandhi's Restaurant, or at the door.
The performance by four dancers and two musicians is led by Anjani Ambegaokar, ranging from strictly traditional to more informal Kathak dance, and including pieces which honor the Hindu gods, dance dramas and festive dances.
Vocalist Mala Ganguly will be a musician with the dancers, and Ganguly will offer her own program of Ghazal (mystical poetry in the folk music styles of India and Pakistan) on Sunday, March 17, at 11:30 a.m., also at Bryant. Admission will be $5.
- LOCAL TENOR EVAN CALL will present a solo recital Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. in Room 303 of the University of Utah's Gardner Hall. Accompanied by pianist Denise Farrington, he will perform arias from Puccini's "Tosca" and songs by Brahms, Sibelius and Roger Quilter. Admission is free.