From the glorious sounds of strings to the pulsating beat of percussion, Southern Utah University’s Department of Music offers an entertaining variety of free student concerts in November that are open to the public, bringing a diverse range of musical programs to Cedar City.
On Wednesday, November 14, the SUU String Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Xun Sun, performs a program that includes Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto for Four Violins Op. 3 No. 1," Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" “Lullaby” by William Hofeldt and a Chinese folk melody called "Little Cabbage." The performance features a guest conductor, Zheng Guo, from China's Hunan Normal University. The concert takes place in Thorley Recital Hall in SUU's Music Building and begins at 7:30 p.m.
The following evening, November 15, the SUU Woodwind and Brass Ensembles perform a joint concert in Thorley Recital Hall, also at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Virginia Stitt, the Woodwind Ensemble performs Arthur Woodbury's "When Nod Dreams," selections from “Jazz Suite” by Joseph Horowitz, several movements from “Tortoise Suite” by Helga Warner-Buhlmann and Franz Lehar's "Gold and Silver Waltzes." A special highlight will be a series of classic children’s songs arranged by Christopher Weait. SUU’s rousing Brass Ensemble also appears under the direction of Dr. Adam Lambert. Their program includes Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Jose Padilla’s El Relicario, Victor Ewald’s No. 3 Quintet, Op. 7; Eric Ewazen’s Western Fanfare and several Dixie Land classics.
The following week, on Monday, November 19, the SUU Percussion Ensemble, Under the direction of Dr. Lynn Vartan, offers a diverse program of unique works, also at 7:30 p.m. in Thorley Recitall Hall.
Don’t miss these exceptional evenings of free music. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at 435-865-8800 or visit suu.edu/arts.