Friday, June 20, 2014

WEEK FIVE at the Tabernacle

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre  

   Singers and instrumentalists from the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre will perform their favorite music in addition to previewing  their upcoming season which includes Les Miserables, Vanessa, Oklahoma, The Student Prince, and other performances.  For more information, go to
Performers will include:

John Ballerino, pianist
Michael Bunchman, pianist
Stephen L. Carey, pianist
K. Bruce Ford, pianist
Kajsa Maria Wilkins, pianist

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Kermit Herd, Baritone
John Waldron, Harmonica

Kermit Herd has sung and performed

various roles in a variety of venues throughout the United States.  He attended USU and earned a MFA degree.  While a student, he sang three years with the Salt Lake Philharmonic Orchestra in their Days of '47 celebration.  He served four years in the Navy after graduating from Preston High.  

John Waldron will provide a three segment program: 1) Harmonica history, including types, and playing styles with examples; 2) Name that tune sing along; 3) Harmonica solos with cello and organ accompaniment.  As a young man, he found a harmonica, took it apart and cleaned it, and learned to play it and keyboards by ear.  He has played his harmonica on many scout outings.  John graduated from USU and spent his career working in electrical engineering, overseeing the installation of scoreboards and video message centers. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sassafras Folk String Band
   Sassafras Folk String Band will present stunning vocals and a flawless mix of guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass in styles of folk, old-timey and bluegrass with some contemporary and blues. The band has been performing for over 10 years at many venues including the Gallavan Center, Summerfest, the Intermountain Acoustic Music Society and Brigham Young Park. This all-woman group is known for it's tight harmonies and virtuosic fiddling. Members of the Sassafras are Betty Leishman, Genet Brown, Marianne Sidwell, Emily Miner, Kristen Day and Candice Kempton.

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Incredible Youth: Pianists, Violinist, and Cellist
Rachel  Smith is a 12 year old pianist and will be playing Chopin's "Impromptu No. 1 in A flat, Op. 29" and Bach French Suite "Gigue in G major BWV 816".  She has been studying with Gary Amano since she was 8 years old.  She has won numerous top prizes in the USU piano competition finalist in the Beverly Sorenson Youth Music Festival 2013 and Utah Symphony Salute to Youth 2012.   She was named one of Utah State University Youth conservatory Outstanding Performers of the Year in 2014.  Rachel also enjoys swimming and reading.  She is bilingual in Japanese and English.  

Jennifer Ban, 15, will be playing Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14” and a duet with her brother.  She is a piano student of Luke Hancock, and has been playing at the Utah State University Youth Conservatory since 2007. Jennifer has won many awards at the USU Piano Festival was the piano soloist with two different orchestras last year.  Besides piano, Jennifer plays the violin and is the concert master in the Logan High School orchestra.  She often plays in recitals in the community such as Youth Conservatory, Tabernacle and assisted living homes.  She enjoys playing tennis in her school junior varsity team, skiing, hiking and cooking.

David Ban, 12, will be playing “Preludes Op 38. No. 1 & 2” by Kabalevsky, “Gardens in the Rain” by Debussy.  This year, David won the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital and performed twice as a piano soloist with two orchestras.  For the past few years, David participated in the USU Piano Festival and won top prizes and named as one of the Youth Conservatory Outstanding Performers. In 2013 David won first prize in the Weber State Piano Festival and was selected as one of the finalists for Utah Symphony Salute to Youth audition.  He is a student of Gary Amano.  David is a member of school math and debate teams.   Besides piano, he enjoys tennis, skiing, cooking and playing video games. 
 Andrew Johnson,17, will be performing “Romanza Andaluza” by Pablo de Sarasate, “Meditation” from Thais by Jules Massenet, and “Banjo and Fiddle” by William Kroll.  He has received Superior ratings at the State music competition the last three years.  He performs solos, chamber music and symphonic works.  Andrew has participated in both the Tacoma Youth Symphony in Washington State and the Utah Youth Symphony in Salt Lake City, and currently studies violin under Dr. Mark Emile of Utah State University.  When he isn't playing the violin or piano he is listening to music by his favorite composers.  Andrew has been accepted into the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony in Pennsylvania where he will be living this upcoming year. Andrew has been on the Mountain Crest tennis team and has competed at the State level the last two years.

 Charlotte Petersen will be playing the 1st movement of the “Sonata in G” by Sammartini, and “Scherzo” by van Goens, accompanied by John Price.  At the age of 5, Charlotte started learning to play the piano and violin.  At the age of 8 she switched to the cello. She loves music, especially when it involves other people. She currently studies cello with Dr. James McWhorter and this Fall plans to go to BYU-Idaho and study music education.  Charlotte runs track and cross country and loves to hike in the mountains, as well as bake desserts.

Friday, June 27, 2014
The Broadbent Family - Variety Program

   The Broadbent Family are  gifted musicians who share their talents with joy and enthusiasm; their program includes great music and lots of variety.  Merrilee is the arranger and artistic director of the group.  Richard will melt your heart with his rich baritone voice.  Michelle, a performance graduate of USU, BYU, and even BYU’s prestigious “Singer of the Year,” will thrill you with her gorgeous high notes and down-to- earth delivery. James, whose background includes everything from musical theater to opera, brings warmth and beauty to your favorite melodies. He and his talented wife, Annie, light up the stage with their love songs.  Christopher, age 14, is just plain fun.  The family is delighted to be part of the Tabernacle Concert Series this season.


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