Mormon Tabernacle organist Richard Elliott will present a solo recital this afternoon at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 South. Starting time is 5 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
One of three full-time Tabernacle organists, Elliott holds degrees from the Curtis Institute and Eastman School of Music. Included on his program will be music of Scarlatti, Bach, Sweelinck and Dupre. In addition, in honor of their centenaries, he will perform music of Leo Sowerby and Paul Hindemith (the Sonata No. 1).- THE AMERICAN PIANO QUARTET returns to Dixie College for a benefit performance Monday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Dixie Center's Cox Auditorium.
The group, composed of Del Parkinson, Paul Pollei, Jeffrey Shumway and Mack Wilberg, will perform on a pair of Steinways. Their program will include arrangements as well as original music for two pianos/eight hands.
Tickets for the event, a fund-raiser for Dixie College scholarships, are $7, with special packages available for larger donations.
- THE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY Youth Conservatory "Monster Concert," an annual event featuring as many as 10 pianos and 20 performers at one time, will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Kent Concert Hall of the Logan school's Chase Fine Arts Center.
The Valentine's Day event will be presented twice, at 6:30 and 8 p.m., following the success of last year's offering. The concert is the major fund-raising event for the conservatory. Tickets are priced from $3 to $10, with discounts available for advance purchase.
Included will be music, skits and special performances, as well as the appearance of Ruffles the dinosaur, the title character of the event. Selections will range from Disney and "Peanuts" songs to Saint-Saens' "The Carnival of the Animals."
- CLARINETIST MICHELLE WATABE will present a free recital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Accompanied by pianist Missy Perry, she will perform concertos of Finzi and Copland as well as music of Joseph Horovitz and Victor Babin.
Currently a senior at Brigham Young University, Watabe has soloed with both the Utah Symphony and Utah Valley Symphony.
- TWO MORE FORMER Utah Symphony soloists, harpist Julie Gaisford Garner and flutist Vivian Harmer Ellsworth, will also perform a joint recital at the Assembly Hall this week, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
They will be heard in music of Bach, Debussy, Faure, Ibert and Rodrigo, among others. In addition Garner will perform Pierne's "Impromptu Caprice" for solo harp. The program will be repeated Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at BYU, in the Harris Fine Arts Center's Madsen Recital Hall. Admission to each is free.
- BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY composer Murray Boren will present his first faculty composition recital since returning to the BYU music faculty on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and the public is invited.
The all-vocal recital will feature collaborations with New York-based writer Glen Nelson. It will include "Coney Island Songs" and Act 3 of Boren's opera "The Dead," based on the James Joyce short story, with Boren's wife, soprano Susan Alexander, and BYU faculty baritone Arden Hopkin; "Pop Art Songs," featuring baritone David Barrus and pianist Robyn Hancock; and Act 1 of a new opera, "A Singer's Romance," based on short stories by Willa Cather.
Accompaniment for several of the works will be provided by a chamber ensemble directed by Clyn Barrus.
- TEN VISITING CHORAL ensembles will participate in Utah State University's fourth annual High School Women's Chorus Festival on Thursday, Feb. 16, on the USU campus. Two performances, with multiple choruses, will be presented at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission to each is free.
Hosted by the USU Women's Chorus, the event features performances, clinics and performance evaluations, according to festival coordinator Bonnie Slade. Ensembles taking part this year include groups from Mountain Crest, Box Elder, Bear River, Morgan, Bingham, Murray, Lehi, Taylorsville, American Fork and Mountain View high schools.
During the festival, Anne Moulton, well-known choral director and music educator, will present classes on vocal production. Will Kesling, head of choral activities at USU, will provide warm-up clinics for all choirs.
- BYU THEATRE BALLET presents "Ballet in Concert" Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Performances are in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Provo school's Harris Fine Arts Center.
Act 3 of "Coppelia," the wedding scene, has been choreographed by company co-directors Sandra Allen, Mark Lanham and YiQi Cheng. Among featured soloists are Lanham and guests Chris Young and Kevin Engle, formerly of Ballet West. Engle is now with California Ballet, whose ballet master, Paul Koverman, has choreographed "Without Title," a contemporary ballet set to three songs from Mahler's "Kin-der-to-ten-lieder."
Also programmed is "Ambiguous Obsession," a contemporary jazz piece choreographed by Patrick Nollet to music by Kenny G. Tickets, at $6 ($5 students and faculty) are available through the fine arts ticket office (378-4322).
- BYU FACULTY CLARINETIST Cindy Child will present a free recital Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of BYU's Harris Fine Arts Center. She will be heard in the "Trio of the Young Ishmalites" from Ber-lioz's "L'Enfance du Christ," accompanied by flute and harp, as well as Glick's "Suite Hebraique" and the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Howard Blake.
- SUU OPERA THEATRE will presents Puccini's "La Boheme" in four performances Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Utah University auditorium in Cedar City.
Tenor George Dyer, who frequently performs with Utah Opera, will sing Rodolfo, with Carol Ann Modesitt as Mimi. Dyer has won the Merola program competition of the San Francisco Opera; a graduate of the Utah Opera's young artists program, he is also a finalist in the Utah Metropolitan Opera auditions.
Modesitt is assistant professor of music at SUU, where she heads the opera program. She has teaching credits at a number of universities, most recently at Plymouth State College. A cast of student performers will fill other roles.
Dennis Jackson, director of the opera program at the Univerity of Colorado, is guest stage director. Tickets are $8, available at the auditorium box office.
- WINNERS OF THE LDS Church's annual Church Music Contest will be featured in a choral concert Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.
Performing will be the Logan Institute of Religion New Horizons and Institute Choirs, directed by S. Brent Farley and Duane J. Huff. Included will be pieces by Robert Manookin, Janice Kapp Perry, Clive Romney and Annette Dick-man.
- ORGANIST DAVID OLIVER will present a solo recital Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Oliver is director of music at Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C., and serves as organist/
choirmaster at West Columbia's Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He holds a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Saturday he will perform music of Bach, Buxtehude, Hindemith (the Sonata No. 3), Vierne and Messiaen, among others. Admission is free, but limited to those 8 and older.