Join us this Wednesday and Thursday, April 12th & 13th, for our Utah Valley Symphony concert. We are presenting Broadway Favorites with selections from Wicked, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Cats, and more.
We are also performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, featuring pianist Sharalyn Heath.
The concert will be conducted by Dr. Blanka Bednarz, internationally acclaimed musician who has recently joined Utah Valley Symphony as Associate Conductor.
It’s sure to be a fun and entertaining evening of music!
If you came to our superhero symphony concert last week, thank you. If not, you missed out on some concert fun and marvelously majestic music.
During the dress rehearsal and the performances several times I thought to myself, “You know, this is fun. I really enjoying doing this.” Last year, I wondered that if our conductor retired, would I still keep playing in the orchestra. We’ve had a guest conductor for our summer concert and last week’s concert and I’ve decided that the answer is definitely YES. I would still keep playing with the Utah Valley Symphony.
I enjoy playing my flute. I enjoy making music with others. I enjoy the thrill of sitting in the center of the orchestra, the best spot in my opinion. I enjoy the comradery with others. I enjoy performing.
At the beginning of each school year, I send out a list of performance dates to my flute students. The ones who have taken lessons for more than a year expect it. Those who just started lessons inevitably, shall I say, “Freak out”. We have masterclasses, also known as group flute classes, recitals, and festivals throughout the school year.
Scientific evidence supports that learning a musical instrument is great for your brain, but it is also great for your soul and helps build character.
Why do we perform?
To work towards a goal and accomplish it. To stretch yourself. To learn from it. To share with others. To make music and express the emotion, the passion, the energy and the beauty through it.
One of my college professors, Dr. Ted Wight, often said that whatever happened at the recital was not the most important thing. The most important thing was the progress I made since the last recital. I wholeheartedly agree.
A performance is the culmination of time and effort to create a work of art.
Don’t hide from performance opportunities but rather seek them out and embrace each chance to perform.
Tickets are now on sale for our Utah Valley Symphony Superheroes concert. Thursday and Friday, October 20th and 21st, 2022, 7:30 pm at the Covey Center in Provo. Click here for tickets.
Experience a mash-up of contemporary and classical heroines and heroes with the Utah Valley Symphony. Spiderman meets Franz Liszt. Wonder Woman goes head to head with Beethoven. Benjamin Britten makes way for music from Frozen. Join us in enjoying these family friendly heroic themes as well as photo ops with Spiderman, Elsa, and Wonder Woman for an adventure packed evening. The orchestra musicians will be in Halloween costumes, so audience costumes are also encouraged.
We all have our favorite super hero, whether it’s Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Thor, Iron Man, or dozens of others to choose from.
Synonyms to superhero include defender, model, fighter, guardian, or rescuer. Merriam-webster.com lists some synonyms for heroic as “brave, courageous, fearless, and valiant,” to name a few.
Setting all Marvel and Detective Series and Disney movies aside, who is a super hero to you?
Someone who has fought cancer multiple times? A single mother or a single father raising their children? A helpful neighbor who serves in a quiet way? Someone who donates to a humanitarian fund? A flute teacher who changes your direction in life for good? A friend who stands by you and doesn’t judge you whether it’s through good times or hard times? Someone who shovels the snow from your sidewalk on a cold, brisk, winter morning? Or simply someone who is there to truly listen when you most need them?
In Spider-Man 2, Aunt May is clearing out her house with her young neighbor Henry, who asks Peter where Spider-Man has gone. When Peter replies that Spider-Man is gone, Aunt May delivers a heartfelt speech about why it is important to be a hero. [A partial quote is…]
Superheroes are around us every day. I challenge you to look around and notice the superheroes near you or strive to be a superhero for someone else.
And then, buy tickets for our Utah Valley Symphony concert and come enjoy some heroic music on October 20th and 21st at the Covey Center in Provo.
The Utah Valley Symphony will join musical forces with the talented Jon Schmidt of The Piano Guys. They will perform Monday, August 22nd, 2022 at 8:00 pm at the Scera Outdoor Theatre, 600 S 400 E, Orem, Utah. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.
This concert will include varied favorites from the Beethoven Symphony No. 5 to Charlie Brown. With Jon Schmidt’s dynamic personality and musical talent combined with the excellent musicians of the Utah Valley Symphony, this concert is sure to please all who attend. Get your tickets today.