Pianist Gary Graffman solos again today with the Westminster Chamber Orchestra, as part of the gala opening concerts at Westminster College's new Jewett Center for the Performing Arts.
The 3 p.m. performance will feature him as soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 4 for the Left Hand. In addition music director Jeff Manookian will lead the orchestra in Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 2 and the premiere of his own "Endless Are the Clouds."A graduate of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, Graffman was generally regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation until his performing career was interrupted in 1979 by an ailment affecting the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand. Since then he has continued to teach and write and, on a limited basis, perform.
Tickets are priced at $15.
Next weekend the gala continues with another pair of concerts by the orchestra, this time with soprano Linda Kelm. Performances will be Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. - a black-tie-invited, invitation-only affair - and Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $50 and $15 respectively.
Kelm will solo in the five "Wesendonck-Lieder" of Richard Wagner, with Manookin conducting. The orchestra will also be heard in Copland's "Quiet City" and Bizet's early Symphony in C.
A Westminster alumna, Kelm is a recipient of two National Institute for Music Theatre grants. In 1981 she made her debut with San Francisco Opera, in Puccini's "Turandot," and subsequently has gone on to sing with Seattle Opera, taking on the three Bruennhildes in its "Ring" cycle, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has also sung Turandot with New York City Opera, Utah Opera, the Hamburg State Opera and the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.
- TENOR PATRICK D. BIGGS will present a solo recital at 7:30 this evening in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. A San Diego, Calif., native, Biggs has performed with the San Diego Opera Company and, since his confinement to a wheelchair in 1982, before concert audiences in San Diego and Los Angeles. In 1984 he soloed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
This evening he will sing arias from the operas of Puccini, Verdi and Leoncavallo ("Vesti la giubba") together with sacred selections and lighter numbers. Chip Prince and Ric Belnap will accompany and admission is free.
- THE FOURTH ANNUAL MADELEINE FESTIVAL of the Arts and Humanities continues this evening with a concert at 7:30 at St. Mark's Cathedral, 261 E. 100 South.
Performing will be soprano JoAnn Ottley, clarinetist Christie Lundquist and pianist Jed Moss in a program of Poulenc (the Sonata in B flat for Clarinet and Piano), Vaughan Williams (Three Vocalises for Soprano and Clarinet) and Chopin (the F minor Fantasy), among others.
Ottley is a familiar soloist locally, thanks to regular outings with Utah Opera, the Utah Symphony and the Oratorio Society of Utah. Lundquist has been principal clarinet of the Utah Symphony since 1977. A graduate of the University of Utah, Moss is a frequent soloist and accompanist.
There will be no charge for admission.
- THE TOLSTIK FAMILY will present another benefit concert at 7:30 this evening at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South.
Composed of flutist and conductor Vladimir Tolstik, his pianist wife, Kira, and their son, violinist Vladimir Jr., the family emigrated from Leningrad a year ago. Currently they are employed in Salt Lake City as part-time janitors.
A $6 minimum donation is suggested.
- "CELEBRATE PEACE" is the theme of a concert to be presented at 8 this evening in Symphony Hall. It will feature the University of Utah Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir, joined by the Utah Symphony Chorus, in a special program to benefit the U.'s music-scholarship fund.
Under the direction of Robert Debbaut, the orchestra will be heard in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 (the "Jeremiah" Symphony), with mezzo-soprano soloist Mary Ann Dresher. In addition the orchestra and choruses will perform Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem," a stirring setting of Old Testament and Walt Whitman texts. Soloists in the latter will be soprano Anne Riggio and baritone David Power.
Also joining the performers will be a number of U. alumni, including at least 10 members of the orchestra. Both choruses are directed by music department chairman Ed Thompson.
Tickets range from $6 to $15, with half-price discounts available to students and senior citizens. Included in the ticket price is charter membership in the University Musical Society. Special donor packages are also available.
For information call 533-NOTE or 581-6762.
- VIOLINIST CHARLES LIBOVE and his wife, pianist Nina Lugovoy, return to Utah for two concerts with the Deer Valley Chamber players, the first tonight at 8 at the Park City Community Church, 402 Park Ave., and the second Monday, April 29, at the Broadway Stage, 272 S. Main, in Salt Lake City.
Starting time for each is 8 p.m., with tickets, at $10 ($6 students/seniors), available at the door.
The program each evening will be the same: the Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano of Charles Ives, Gershwin's Three Preludes (as arranged by Jascha Heifetz), the Mozart Clarinet Quintet and Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. Performing besides the Liboves will be clarinetist Russell Harlow, violinist Leonard Braus, violist Leslie Blackburn and cellist Gayle Smith.
As leader of the Beaux-Art String Quartet, Libove was a recipient of the first Naumburg Chamber Music Award. He has also performed with the Philharmonia Trio, the Marlboro Trio and the Juilliard String Quartet. His wife has performed in the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center as well as festivals in California, Spain, Yugoslavia and Italy. Both are currently on the faculty of New York University.
- MEMBERS OF TWO Utah State University guitar ensembles will perform in concert Monday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium. There members of the Acoustic and Electric Guitar Ensembles will be heard in music of Telemann and Scarlatti as well as director Michael Christiansen's arrangement of a Mannheim Steamroller piece.
Admission is $1, with proceeds supporting the music department's guitar-scholarship fund.
- UTAH BALLET continues its "Christensen Tribute" this week with performances Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hayes/Christensen Theatre of the Marriott Center for Dance on the U. campus.
Guest artistic director for the event is Willam F. Christensen, founder and professor emeritus of the University of Utah department of ballet. The program will honor him and his brothers, Harold and Lew, for their contributions to American ballet. Featured will be three Christensen ballets, "Nothin' Doin' Bar" by Willam; Lew Christensen's "Con Amore," and a premiere work, "Cotillion," by Willam.
Set to music of Milhaud, "Nothin' Doin' Bar," was created in 1950 for the San Francisco Ballet, while Willam Christensen was that company's artistic director. "Con Amore" (1953) is one of Lew Christensen's best-known works, set to three Rossini overtures. Bene Arnold, former ballet mistress of both the San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West, was an original cast member and will stage the work for Utah Ballet. Costumes and scenery are provided courtesy of the San Francisco Ballet.
Tickets, at $7 ($4 students/children), are available at the Pioneer Memorial Theatre box office or an hour before curtain time at the Marriott Center.
- THE DRAPER SYMPHONY AND CHORUS will present "A Salute to the Armed Forces" Thursday, Friday and Monday, May 2-3 and 6, in the auditorium of Draper City Hall, 12441 S. 900 East. Starting time each night is 7:30 for a one-hour program of patriotic and other familiar favorites.
Tickets are $3 adults, $2 students, $1 children under 12, with a special family ticket available for $8 for the May 2 and 6 concerts. For information call 571-6626 or 571-8803.
- PIANIST MISHA DICHTER returns this week for three performances with the Utah Symphony on its final classical subscription concerts of the season Thursday, May 2, at Weber State University's Browning Center for the Performing Arts in Ogden, and Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, in Symphony Hall.
Starting time for each is 8 p.m.
Music director Joseph Silverstein will conduct the all-Beethoven program, which will feature Dichter as soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. Also featured will be the Overture to "The Creatures of Prometheus" and the Symphony No. 7 in A major.
Born in Shanghai of Polish emigres, Dichter studied at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1966 he garnered international attention as the silver medalist in that year's Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. He continues to perform with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras, in some of the finest halls, and later this spring will appear as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on its 15-city U.S. tour.
Tickets to the Symphony Hall performances are priced from $10 to $29 ($5 students), with a complimentary pre-concert lecture to be presented each evening at 7:15; for information call 533-NOTE. For tickets to the Ogden concert, call 399-9214.
In addition the orchestra is offering a Finishing Touches dress rehearsal performance Thursday at 11 a.m. in Symphony Hall. Admission is $5, with refreshments to be served in the lobby at 10:15.
- THE DELPHIAN CHOIR of Great Falls, Idaho, High School will present a concert Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Included will be performances of Mozart's "Missa Brevis," Dvorak's Four Choral Songs, Op. 29, and music of Palestrina, Gabrieli, Dowland and John Rutter. The group is directed by Paul Ritter.
Admission is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY faculty member Douglas Humpherys will present a piano recital Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center. His program will consist of sonatas by Scarlatti, Liszt and Dutilleux as well as Mozart's Adagio in B minor and admission is free.
Currently Humpherys lives in Rochester, N.Y., where he is a doctoral candidate and an instructor at the Eastman School of Music. He is the first prizewinner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and was also a prizewinner at the Colorado Mozart Festival and the AMSA International Piano Competition.
- THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Concert Chorale will present its annual spring concert Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, at 8 p.m. in Gardner Hall on the U. campus.
Under the direction of John M. Cooksey, the 80-voice ensemble will offer a varied program ranging from Renaissance motets to 20th-century pieces. Among the composers whose music will be heard are Byrd, Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Robert Harris and Gerald Finzi, along with the U.S. premiere of the 18th-century Basque motet "Aita Gurea." In addition the newly formed Chamber Singers will perform music of Janequin and Hassler.
Since its founding in 1986, the chorale has toured both the United States and Europe, including a 1989 performance with the Salzburg Dom Choir. Funds raised through this concert will help support an upcoming Asian tour, to include Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand.
Tickets, at $5 ($3 students/children/seniors), will be available at the door.
- THE SALT LAKE VALLEY CHOIR will perform Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Directed by Sue Erickson and Ernest Nielsen, the group was organized in 1985 from a ward choir in Holladay. Saturday they will be heard in devotional music of Crawford Gates, George Careless, Don Besig and H.R. Palmer as well as the John Rutter Gloria, composed in 1974.
Admission is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- THE GREAT BASIN SYMPHONIC BAND and Jazz Band will perform Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Highland Park Elementary School auditorium, 1738 E. 2700 South. Included on the program will be Sousa's "The Liberty Bell" and "Stars and Stripes Forever," Bernstein's "Candide" Overture and "A Copland Portrait." The jazz band will play selections by Sammy Nestico and others.
Tickets are $5 ($2.50 seniors), with children 12 or under admitted free.
- THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET will be the final offering on this year's Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City season Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.
Long recognized as one of the leading quartets in the world, the Juilliard was founded in 1946, making it the oldest group of its kind still actively performing publicly. All members are American-born and -trained, including first violinist Robert Mann, the only original member; second violinist Joel Smirnoff, the newest member of the group; violist Samuel Rhodes; and cellist Joel Krosnik.
To date the group has made more than 100 recordings, including its pioneering set of the complete Bartok Quartets, and in 1985 won a Grammy for its complete set of the Beethoven Quartets.
Its program Saturday will consist of Mozart's Quartet in A major, K. 464, the Quartet No. 3 of American composer Elliott Carter, and the Ravel Quartet.
Any remaining tickets will be available for $15 at Discriminator Music or at the door; for information call 476-9649.
- PRO MUSICA will present its annual spring concert Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Judge Memorial High School auditorium, 650 S. 1100 East.
Directed by John Marlowe Neilson, the chorus will be heard in a medley of Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites, including selections from "Oklahoma!" "State Fair," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music," among others. Earlier the group will also be joined by the Young Artists Chamber Players in music of Vivaldi and Rutter. Assistant conductor Mark Pearce will lead the group in the Rutter Te Deum, assisted by the University of Utah Wind Players.
Tickets are available in advance at Daynes Music, Riverton Music, Capital City Banks and all Smith'sTix outlets, as well as at the door.
- MEZZO MARY WESCOTT moves to the podium next weekend to conduct the South Davis Community Choir in performances of Brahms' "A German Requiem" Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. at Woods Cross High School.
Dedicated to the memory of Lance Cpl. Dion Stephenson of North Salt Lake, who lost his life in the Persian Gulf War, the performances will feature as soloists soprano Claudia Krone and bass Don Hyland. A newcomer to Utah, Krone holds a master's degree in voice from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A graduate of the University of Utah, Hyland is currently appearing in City Rep's production of "The Sound of Music."
Wescott has soloed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Detroit Symphony, the New Haven Symphony and the Ralph Woodward Chorale. She holds degrees in music from Westminster Choir College.
Tickets, at $5 ($2 students/seniors) or $10 per family, will be available at the door.