CEDAR CITY – As the mountains and parks around Cedar City color with the glory of fall, the Orchestra of Southern Utah presents “Natural Legacy“ Thursday, a concert filled with the imagery of powerful storms, peaceful streams and beautiful landscapes, with music themed around the great outdoors.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Theater, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City. A special pre-concert lecture presented by Jim Harrison begins at 7 p.m.
Nature has long inspired the works of artists the world over. Beethoven enjoyed walks in the countryside and immortalized his experiences with his “Sixth Symphony.” The challenging piece is performed in its entirety, allowing the listener to stroll alongside as the mood shifts from the cheerful enthusiasm of entering the fresh air of the country, to the restful pause of a moment beside a brook, to the exuberance of a dance that is ended by a thunderstorm, and finally to thankful relief with the passing of the storm.
The concert will be conducted by Adam Lambert.
With consistent request from audience members, the orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s highly popular “Autumn” from “The Four Seasons.” The Four Seasons are Vivaldi’s most successful composition and, at time of publication, included poems to be presented alongside the music.
The poems assist the audience in visualizing the elements of each season that Vivaldi sought to convey. Heather Wilhelm performs the violin solo. Wilhelm is an active performer with the group Wilhelm, serves as OSU concert-mistress, and teaches a large studio of violin students.
The beautiful “Flower Duet” by Léo Delibes captures one of the loveliest melodies of the Romantic era. The piece originates from his opera “Lakmé” and is performed as two women collect flowers along a riverbank. Jackie Jackson and Terri Metcalf Petersen sing the familiar duet. Both are active vocal soloists and teachers. Jackson teaches at Southern Utah University and Dixie State University in addition to directing “In Jubilo” and the Chorale for OSU. Petersen teaches voice at Dixie State and has been a soloist with OSU in previous concerts.
Tickets are available at the Cedar City Heritage Theater Box Office by calling 435-865-2882 or online at the Heritage Theater webpage. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for groups up to six. Because evening concerts are recorded, it is requested that babies and children under the age of 6 not attend. Children over the age of 6 are welcome at all OSU concerts with adult supervision.
- What: Orchestra of Southern Utah presents “Natural Legacy.“
- When: Thursday, Nov. 10. Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Heritage Theater 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City.
- Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for groups up to 6
- Heritage Theater online
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