Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will perform a solo recital at 7:30 this evening in Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.
Sponsored by the American West Symphony and Chorus and Daynes Music Co., the program will feature the 19-year-old virtuoso in sonatas of Chopin (the "Funeral March"), Haydn and Janacek and the Op. 65 "Lyric Pieces" of Edvard Grieg.Hailing from Karmoy, near Haugesund, Andsnes won his first competition at age 9. Recently he has taken prizes in piano competitions in Frankfurt and Amsterdam, and last summer he soloed in the Grieg Piano Concerto in the closing concert of the Bergen Festival - at 18, the youngest pianist to be so honored.
Tickets, at $5, will be available at the door.
-PERCUSSIONISTS RON BROUGH and Douglas J. Wolf - now the Brough/Wolf Duo - will perform Monday at 8 p.m. in Gardner Hall on the U. campus.
Brough, professor of percussion at Brigham Young University, and Wolf, who holds a similar post at the U., began collaborating two years ago. Since then they have performed on the Utah Performing Arts Tour, and at various Utah high schools and nearly every college and university campus in Utah and southern Idaho.
Utilizing vibraphones, marimbas, steel drums and other percussion instruments, they will be heard in music of Bill Molenhof, David Friedman and David Samuels, among others. Admission is free.
-GUITARIST MILTON JENSEN, best known as half of the Jensen-Woodbury Duo, will present a solo recital Monday at 8 p.m. at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane. There he will perform music of Villa-Lobos (including four of the Etudes), Tarrega, Sor and Albeniz, among others, the last as transcribed by Andres Segovia.
Admission is $3 at the door.
-FOUR UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY choirs and two from Cedar City High School will offer "A Choral May Day Songfest" in the Kent Concert Hall of USU's Chase Fine Arts Center Monday at 8 p.m.
Featured will be the University Choir, Chorale and Chamber Singers under Will Kesling and the USU Jazz Choir under Edye Isaacson. Included will be the Utah premiere of John Rutter's "Blow Up the Trumpet." In addition Phillip Stark will lead the Cedar City High A Cappella Choir and Madrigal Singers in "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" from the Brahms Requiem and Bennett's "All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded." Tickets are $3 ($2 for students), available at the door.
-RICHARD MARSDEN will conduct the strings of the Davis High School Orchestra in concert Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. There the 57-piece ensemble will be heard in Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, Grieg's "Two Elegiac Melodies" and the first and fourth movements of Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Strings and Piano Obbligato. Joined by organist Linda Margetts, they will also perform the final two movements of Robert Cundick's Concerto for Organ and String Orchestra.
Admission is free but limited to those age 8 and older.
-MEMBERS OF THE U.'s collegiate chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon will perform in a scholarship auditions concert Thursday at 8 p.m. in Room 303 of Gardner Hall on the U. campus. There six young musicians will vie for awards of $350 and $150. Guest artist will be last year's winner, soprano Jill Hawkes, singing a Handel aria.
Admission is by voluntary contribution to the scholarship fund.
-THE EARLY MUSIC GROUP Musica Reservata will perform Thursday at USU in Logan at 8 p.m. in the Eccles Conference Center. Titled "Now Is the Month of Maying: An Elizabethan Frolicke," their program will feature instrumental and vocal music and poetry of the Elizabethan era. Tickets, at $6 ($3 for students and seniors) will be available at the door.
-THE WEBER STATE SYMPHONY Chamber Players and Bonneville Laker Choir will perform in concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. The orchestra, conducted by Michael Palumbo, will be heard in the music of Albinoni and Elgar (the Serenade) and the choir, under LeAnna Willmore, in selections by Pergolesi, Rachmaninoff, Vaughan Williams, Rutter and Jester Hairston, among others. The two will then combine for a performance of Haydn's "Missa Brevis."
Admission is free but limited to those eight and older.
-POP SINGER HELEN REDDY will join the Utah Symphony in a retirement-fund benefit concert Friday at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall. Music director Joseph Silverstein will open the concert, leading the orchestra in the Overture to Glinka's "Russlan and Ludmilla," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" and a Broadway medley, after which Reddy will perform a string of her hits ("I Am Woman," "You and Me Against the World," etc.) assisted by her percussionist husband Milton Ruth and conductor Lenny Colton.
Tickets, ranging in price from $15 to $30, can be obtained at the Symphony Hall box office, 533-6407.
-GUEST CONDUCTOR Margaret Hawkins, choral director of the Milwaukee Symphony, will lead the combined choruses of the National Choral Festival in performance Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.
Taking part in the event, co-sponsored by the BYU music department and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be the choruses of Bingham, American Fork and Kearns high schools. They will be heard in music of Handel ("Zadok the Priest"), Tallis, Vivaldi, Brickner, Dvorak, Copland, Vaughan Williams and John Jacob Niles, among others. Admission is free but limited to those 8 and older.
-THE MOZART REQUIEM will be the centerpiece of a concert by the South Davis Community Choir and Bountiful Symphony, to be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Woods Cross high school.
Conducted by Bonnie Winterton, the Friday performance will feature Carol Nelson and Michelle West as soprano and alto soloists. Sunday those parts will be sung by Victoria Morris and Mary Anne Dresher, with tenor Kenneth Jones and bass Huston Hill performing both nights.
Admission will be $4 ($2 for students) or $6 per family, available at the door.