Sunday, July 13, 2014

WEEK EIGHT at the Tabernacle

All concerts are free and open to the public.
Click on names in light blue for more information

Monday, July 14, 2014

   Singers and instrumentalists from the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre will perform their favorite music in addition to previewing this year’s season.  For more information, visit  This week's performers include:

Curtis Bannister
Enjolras, Les Misérables / Ike Skidmore, Ensemble, Oklahoma! / Anatol (Cover), Vanessa
Green Bay, Wisconsin
2nd UFOMT Season
ALSO: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sarasota Opera, Music de Chambre – Musée du Louvre

Stephen L. Carey
Chorus Master, Coach, Pianist, Cover Conductor, Vanessa / Pit Pianist, Les Misérables / Chorus Master, Cover Conductor, The Student Prince / Chorus Master, Oklahoma! / Pianist, 8 Hands 2 Pianos
Fort Worth, Texas
8th UFOMT Season
ALSO: Fort Worth Opera, Opera Memphis, Chautauqua Opera

Ellen, Ensemble, Laurey (Cover), Oklahoma! / Ensemble, The Student Prince / Erika (Cover), Vanessa
Woodstock, Maryland
ALSO: Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Opera Neo, Lyrique-en-mer Festival de Belle-Île

Christopher Filipowicz*
Ensemble, Les Misérables / Tom, Ensemble, Jud (Cover), Oklahoma! / Doctor (Cover), Vanessa
Long Beach, Indiana
ALSO: Nashville Opera, Sarasota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Studio

James Harrington*
Ensemble, Jud (Cover), Oklahoma! / Huzzar, Ensemble, Dr. Engel (Cover), The Student Prince
Nashville, Tennessee
ALSO: Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera New Jersey

Dallas K. Heaton
Chorus Master, Les Misérables / Principal Coach, Pianist, Oklahoma! / Pianist, 8 Hands 2 Pianos
Heber City, Utah
6th UFOMT Season
ALSO: Utah Opera, Utah State University, Opera Idaho

Rebecca Pacheco
Pianist, 8 Hands 2 Pianos / Coach, Pianist, Int’l Opera Competition Semifinals
Washington D. C.
3rd UFOMT Season
ALSO: Palm Beach Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Delaware, Metropolitan Opera

Katelin Ruzzamenti
Dance Captain, Ensemble, Les Misérables / Ensemble, Oklahoma! / Dance Captain, Ensemble, The Student Prince
Riverside, California
2nd UFOMT Season
ALSO: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Performance Riverside, Southern Utah University

Brad Summers*
Ensemble, Oklahoma! / Ensemble, The Student Prince
Logan, Utah
ALSO: Utah State University, Music Theatre West, The Celebrate America Show

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bradley Ottesen, Mayumi Matsen, Liesel Fedkenheuer 
     (violist, pianist, & vocalist)
Bradley Ottesen will be joined by pianist Mayumi Matzen and mezzo-soprano Liesel Fedkenheuer to present a program of chamber music by British composers: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, and Rebecca Clarke.  Ottesen is the violist of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street quartet and currently teaches on the string and chamber music faculty at Utah State University.  He holds degrees from Northwestern University and the New England Conservatory.  Prior to arriving in Utah, he served four seasons as Assistant Principal Violist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Alberta, Canada.  Bradley performs on a viola made for him by Hiroshi Iizuka of Philadelphia and a bow by Pierre Simon of 1865.  Bradley resides in Logan with his wife Denise who is an audio-visual system design consultant. 

Dr. Mayumi Matzen currently teaches individual piano lessons at Utah State University, and also maintains a career as an international recitalist and soloist, including a recent collaboration with James Thompson, professor of trumpet at Eastman School of Music. She received a Bachelors degree in piano performance from Kyoto City University of Arts, and both a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. 

Liesel Fedkenheuer teaches vocal students at Utah State University. Upon completion of degrees in vocal performance and opera from the University of Toronto, she became a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.  She has sung with Opera Companies across North America and as a recitalist with the Marilyn Horne Foundation after winning the foundation’s prestigious competition.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 Sue Baker, Soprano

   Susan Baker will delight you with songs from the Broadway stage and familiar arias from beloved operas, including "La Boheme", "Gianni Schicchi" and "Tales of Hoffmann". She performed professionally, both in Southern California and internationally before moving to Cache Valley with her husband and family. She studied vocal performance at USU and Cal State from which she graduated.  Susan has enjoyed singing the National Anthem for the Dodgers and Clippers for many seasons in Los Angeles and now, for the Aggies. She is grateful for her talented accompanists, Jennifer Bohman and Diane Jensen. Jennifer is a graduate of USU in vocal performance, teaches piano and voice and is a musical director for both Sky View High theater productions and Four Seasons Theater Company. She and her husband reside in Hyde Park with their four children. 
Diane Jensen is also a graduate of USU with a degree in elementary education and piano performance. She has taught piano for more than forty-five years. She resides in Hyde Park with her husband.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cinnamon Creek Singers -- folk music

   The Cinnamon Creek Folk Singers are a group of twelve women from Northern Utah who for twenty-two years have arranged, performed, and shared their love for traditional Western Pioneer, Railroad, and American folk songs. The group was created to preserve and promote the national and regional folk music heritage. Traditional instruments used during their programs include the mountain and hammered dulcimers, fiddle, bodhran drum, guitar, concertina, tin whistle, banjo, folk bass, harmonica, and washboard. Best known for their vocal harmony, the Cinnamon Creek Folk Singers use authentic and original arrangements, including “shape note” songs, to celebrate the folk writing and performance process. Stories and journal entries are used during the program to bring to life Western Pioneer history from a woman’s perspective. Railroad songs, religious hymns, western migration songs, and traditional folk music are performed by women who wear traditional costumes representative of the American West in the late 1800’s. The singers include director Ronda Shaffer, Janet Hunt, Diane Erickson, Annette Barber, Angela Daugherty, Diane Dunn, Kaye Jacobsen, Tere Moore, Janice Toyn, Eleanor Wellings, Merrilee Wells, and Becky Whittier
The group has produced three CD’s entitled: “Pieces of Folk”, “A Cinnamon Creek Christmas”, and “Simple Gifts of Hymns”. For more information about the singers, to book performances, or to purchase CD’s go to their web site

Friday, July 18, 2014

Marge & Irv - voice/piano duo

   Margie and Irv is a musical duo featuring the stunning vocals of Margie Johnson, with Irv Nelson at the piano. Their repertoire includes classics, standards, and favorites from the past 100 years… songs you’ve heard and loved all your life. Margie recently moved to Utah from the D.C. area, where for more than two decades she performed as the lead vocalist in three different “big bands” at venues ranging from the Ritz Carlton to the Kennedy Center. Arranger and accompanist Irv Nelson, who teaches piano and voice lessons professionally, has been playing the keyboard for more than 40 years. More information is available at


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