Three Utah artists and two corporations have been recognized by the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding contributions to Utah's cultural arts heritage.
The five - Bruce Caldwell, Robert Cun-dick, E. Frank Sanguinetti, and corporations KSL Television and Questar - will be honored guests at the seventh Honors in the Arts awards dinner, to be held on 7 p.m. on April 19, at the Red Lion. Tickets are $30 a person. For further information, call 364-3631.Bruce Caldwell, recently retired as a principal dancer with Ballet West, has just completed his 20th season with the company. A native of Salt Lake City, Caldwell began dancing at the age of 10 and has appeared in Ballet West's "Nutcracker" annually since 1962. He entered Ballet West (then Utah Civic Ballet) in 1968 as an apprentice and became a principal dancer in 1973. He will remain with the company as an artistic adviser, choreographer and teacher.
As Tabernacle organist since 1965, Robert Cundick has significantly contributed to the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and to the performing arts in Utah. A Salt Lake native, Cundick received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of Utah and has many compositions, both instrumental and vocal, to his credit.
E. Frank Sanguinetti is the founding and current director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, on the campus of the U. His excellent taste and good judgment have been a factor in firmly establishing the Museum as the primary public resource for visual arts in Utah. Under his leadership the museum was accredited in 1972 by the American Museum Association, the first university museum in the western region to be so designated.
For years, KSL Television has been the regular season media sponsor for the Utah Symphony and Pioneer Theatre Company, and in 1988 KSL became the exclusive media sponsor of Ballet West. These arts organizations owe part of their success in recent years to KSL's outstanding support. KSL Television is also the first local television station to appoint an "arts specialist" for reporting the arts scene in Utah. President Jack Adamson will accept the award.
Under the guidance of chairman and president R.D. Cash, Questar Corp. and its subsidiary Mountain Fuel Supply Company have made important financial and in-kind contributions to the major arts organizations in Utah - contributions that have had tremendous impact on these groups' ability to survive and grow. Among Questar's support has been help in developing the Ballet West Young Ambassadors, a group of area professionals dedicated to furthering the ballet; and Utah Symphony's Executive Night at the Pops fund-raiser.