The Utah Opera Company had added two new staff members, John Bates in a new position as director of development, and Dr. Krista Rodin as production manager, a position recently vacated by M. Kay Barrell.
Bates is a member of the Utah Bar Asssociation, and was previously the associate general counsel for Mountain Fuel Supply and Northwest Energy Co. After 10 years as general council to the Utah Opera board, Bates will pursue fund raising and soliciting activities, and head an effort to establish an endowment fund.Krista Rodin, who holds a doctorate in English literature and American studies, has been director and production director in state theaters in Germany and Austria, and in the U.S. She has taught opera production and staging in German universities and conservatories.
***UTAH COMPOSER Merrill Bradshaw has been given a major commission to do an hour-long work for chorus and orchestra, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minn. Performance is planned for fall 1989, with Philip Brunelle, director of the Plymouth Music Series and former conductor of the Minnesota Opera, conducting.
Bradshaw, who serves as composer-in-residence at Brigham Young University, was asked to create a work using musical traditions that have emerged from the history of Christianity, with some movements "detachable" for church choirs to use.
He chose the subject of Christ, saying that the "most ecumenical of all Christian symbols is Jesus." His work, "Christ Metaphors: a Festival of Images," will involve a large choir and full orchestra with boy soprano. Each movement will use a different metaphor, "thus allowing individuals to bring their own associations to the images," he said. Some of the metaphors include Christ as a lamb, rock, fountain of living waters, light, life, lion and flower.
A member of the BYU music faculty for 31 years, Bradshaw has composed more than 200 musical works, including piano pieces and songs, symphonies, concertos, oratorios and pageants. He also has many published books, articles and monographs. Bradshaw helped to establish the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, where he now serves as executive director.
***TWO YOUNG UTAH PIANISTS, Janae Codner and Kathryn Ede of Provo, will be heard in radio broadcast in New York City next month. The two were prizewinners in the Stravinsky Awards of Champaign, Ill., and both appeared on Awards concerts, Janae in 1988 and Kathryn in 1987.
Tapes of their performance were chosen from among the past three years' competition winners by Robert Sherman, producer of WQXR, a New York member of the Public Broadcasting Service, for a special program concerning the Stravinsky Awards, scheduled for Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only 10 tapes were chosen for the broadcast.
***A NEWLY FORMED HONORS ORCHESTRA, to be made up of past and present members of the Davis High School symphony orchestra, conducted by Richard Marsden, has been invited to tour and perform next June in three Soviet Union cities - Moscow, Leningrad and Tallinn, with a possible performance in Helsinki, Finland, en route.
School visits and performances in Russia will be coordinated by the USA-USSR Friendship Society.
The June 4-14 tour will include tours of Red Square, a visit to the famed Moscow Circus, the Kremlin, performances at the Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov music school and the House of Friendship, a tour of Catherine the Great's palace at Pushkin and a visit to the Hermitage Museum.
The 1988-89 school year marks Marsden's final year as an orchestra teacher. In 1989 he will become full-time administrator of the Davis County School District's music program.