Thoughts on Performing

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.

Music expresses what cannot be put into words and yet cannot remain silent.

Victor Hugo

Utah Valley Symphony Super Heroes

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?

The following is a quote from cbr.com.

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…]

I believe there’s a hero in all of us that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally, allows us to die with pride.

https://www.cbr.com/best-superhero-movie-quotes-ranked/

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.

Fun with Music at Any Age

Last Night we (the Utah Valley Symphony) had our concert with Jon Schmidt of The Piano Guys at the Scera Outdoor Theatre. Talk about FUN!!! It was great.

First, I have a story to share, even though it’s not about one of my flute students. Earlier yesterday afternoon I was teaching one of my younger piano students about how any finger could play middle C; it isn’t always played with your thumb. I told him that you could even play it with your toe or your nose. It didn’t matter; that key would still be C. So he immediately tried to play the piano with his toe and his nose, of course. Then while he played the 8 measure Middle C March from Faber’s Primer Level of Piano Adventures, he tried to use his toe to play the last measure.

I often do silly things like this with with my younger students. But last night I realized that I also need to have more fun with my older students. How does this relate to Jon Schmidt and our concert? Read on.

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Utah Valley Symphony joins Jon Schmidt

August 22nd, 2022

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.

Utah Valley Symphony Sunday in the Park

The Utah Valley Symphony is performing a free outdoor concert on Sunday, July 18th, 2021, at 7:30 pm. We will be set up on the east side of the Spanish Fork Library, 49 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah.

Here is the official news release:

This year, Legacy House is proud to present Utah Valley Symphony as the Sunday in the Park entertainment. Utah Valley Symphony is the longest established community orchestra in the Valley. The Utah Valley Symphony was organized in 1959 as a non-profit organization.  Its purpose was to give the talented local musicians an opportunity to use their talents and to provide the community with symphony music.

They will be performing popular classics including Star Spangled Banner; ET: Journey to the Stars; Over the Rainbow; American Salute (This is Morton Gould’s arrangement of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”); Moon River; Fiddler on the Roof Medley ; Harry Potter, Wondrous World; The Battle Hymn of the Republic; and more!

Some seating is provided, but you may also bring chairs or blankets for your comfort. Bring the family for a wonderful evening of fun, and inspiring music!

Food vendors will not be available during this event so please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.
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