Sunday, May 31, 2015


June 1-5, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015

                         Margie Johnson & Irv Nelson 
                                 (Voice/Piano Duo)
Margie and Irv is a musical duo featuring vocalist Margie Johnson and Irv Nelson at the piano.  They perform classics, standards, and favorites from the past 100 years,  and will be performing music from the 1950s and 1960s for this concert.  They perform for many types of events (private groups, weddings, parties, reunions, etc.) and venues.
Margie Johnson began singing in high school as a jazz band vocalist, performed in a soft rock band for several years, and toured with the BYU Young Ambassadors in college as a featured soloist throughout the United States and South America.  For over two decades she was featured as female vocalist for several dance bands performing in the DC metropolitan area.  She has performed at BYU-Hawaii and in regional musical theater performances in the DC area, playing lead roles in many musicals.
Her most memorable musical experience to date was arranging and recording all female character songs for an original musical, “Anasazi”, written by William Strauss.  Margie also has performed with Larry Smith's Big Band and has coached vocals for the Celebrate America show. 

Irv Nelson has more than 50 years of piano playing experience, with eight years of classical training. In addition to the piano, he also plays many other keyboard instruments including pipe organs, electric pianos and organs, analog and digital synthesizers, and samplers.  Irv is also a composer, arranger, choral conductor, guitarist, bass player, and vocalist.   In addition to performing with Margie, Irv plays with two bands: “The Fender  Benders” and the “Relic Acoustic Band”.  Nelson teaches accelerated piano, guitar, bass, and vocal lessons at Irv Nelson Music Academy, located in the Thatcher-Young Mansion in downtown Logan.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Sundance Trio 
(Woodwinds from Provo)

Sundance Trio will perform trios written for oboe, bassoon and piano as well as other works such as “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.                                                            
The trio was formed in 2005 and consists of oboist Geralyn Giovannetti, bassoonist Christian Smith, and pianist Jed Moss. Giovannetti and Smith are faculty members at Brigham Young University’s School of Music where they also perform together in the resident woodwind quintet, “Orpheus Winds”.  Moss is a much sought-after soloist and collaborative artist. 
The trio has performed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom at colleges, chamber music series and at conferences.

The trio has a repertoire of over fifty works and actively seeks to encourage new compositions. In 2007 the Barlow Endowment awarded the Sundance Trio a commission. The resulting work, “Lyric Essay” by Canadian composer, Malcolm Forsyth was premiered at the 2008 International Double Reed Society conference. In 2014 the BYU School of Music commissioned Utah composer, Alyssa Morris to write for the trio. Her composition, “Up and Away” (Story of a Balloon) was recently premiered in New York City as part of the IDRS Conference.
In 2009, the Sundance Trio released their first CD Recording on the Centaur Records label. The CD includes premiere recordings of works by American composers Margi Griebling-Haigh and David Sargent.  The Salt Lake Tribune wrote, “The ensemble is fabulous.  It’s a remarkable collaborative effort by three like-minded musicians who are equals in musicality and technical astuteness.  This is a very fine album, both in the performances and in its conception.”
In 2014, the Sundance Trio released their second CD, “Summer Garden”, on Centaur Records. In 2015 Sundance Trio will mark their tenth anniversary with a third CD recording and concert tours in California and Ireland.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Trenton Chang (Pianist)
Trenton H. Chang, 17, will play piano selections from various composers including Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. He was born in Minneapolis; his parents were originally from Taiwan.  Trenton will be a senior at Logan High School next year, and studies piano with Gary Amano.
He has won competitions sponsored by the Utah and National Music Teacher’s associations and has won the Utah Symphony Youth Guild auditions, and has been a frequent winner at the Utah State University Piano Festival, and was awarded First Place at the West Side High School Piano Competition.  He has soloed twice with the Utah Symphony, and made his Carnegie Hall debut last December. His other awards include the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Scholarship and the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. Scholarship. 
In addition to piano, he is champion of the statewide Academic Olympiad. As a member of the Logan High Debate team, they won the Utah Debate Coaches Association Speech Arts tournament. He was also a winner at the  Future Business Leaders of America  and Health Occupation Students of America state conferences, qualifying him to attend the national conferences in Chicago and Anaheim this June to compete at a national level.  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The RED Trio

The RED  Trio is made up of 16-year-old Logan High School students Raymond Li (viola), Emma Cardon (cello), and David Kim (violin).  This dynamic ensemble has been performing together since the 6th grade.   For this concert, The RED Trio will perform music by Dvorak, Haydn, Elgar, Bizet, Granados, Joplin, and more.  Informative commentary will accompany their selections.
So far this year, the RED Trio was chosen to perform in a concert with the prizewinning Dover Quartet in March, and in April they won a Superior rating at the state Solo and Ensemble Festival.
Past performances include:  Logan Tabernacle Summer and Christmans Concert Series; USU “Grand Gala” in 2013; Logan Summerfest; Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre Green Show; "Logan's Rising Stars" Concert; Utah ASTA conference; and the Cache Valley ASTA Solo/Ensemble Festivals and Honors Recitals.  They have played on master classes coached by the Fry Street Quartet and the Carducci Quartet (U.K.).  The RED Trio also gives concerts at Williamsburg Retirement Community and performs at private functions.  They are coached by Claire Cardon.

Raymond Li started to play the violin when he was six, but switched to viola at age 12.  He was selected to play in the Utah All-State Orchestra in 2014 and 2015.  He participated in 2014 and 2015 Solo and Ensemble Festival and ultimately received a Superior rating.  He studies viola with Brett McAllister and Bradley Ottesen.  He served as the Logan High Concert Orchestra President in 2014 and 2015.  Just coming back from Intel International Science Fairs in Pittsburgh representing Bridgerland Science Fairs, Raymond will be going to Washington, D.C. again to help represent Utah in the 2015 National History Day competition with his historical paper after this week.  When not playing music or drumming his fingers on a computer, Raymond enjoys dancing, doing math, and playing video games with his friends.

Emma Cardon began cello at age eight.  She has received Superior ratings at the state Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Cache Valley ASTA Festival, where she has played on Honors Recitals each year.  She performed with the Utah All-State Orchestra in 2014 and 2015, and is Principal Cellist of the LHS Sinfonia Orchestra.  She studies cello with Anne Francis Bayless.
Emma is also a pianist and has won awards at the USU Piano Festival, the Cache Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the UMTA Piano Concerto Competition, and was a finalist in the 2011 Utah Symphony Salute to Youth Piano Concerto Competition.  Emma began composing at age six, and has won awards in competitions including National YoungArts Foundation, the USU Youth Conservatory, and PTA Reflections and several others.  She recently won the national Olga Klein Nelson composition award.  Emma’s “Chamber Sonata in D Minor” was premiered by Chamber Orchestra Ogden in October 2014, and she conducted the American Festival Orchestra in the premiere of her composition “Faust’s Rag” in October 2013.  This summer Emma will study composition at Brevard Music Institute in North Carolina.

David Kim a sophomore in Logan High School, started playing the violin when he was five years old. He has been selected to perform at the Honors Recitals in the Cache Valley ASTA Competition every year from 2005 to 2015 and was selected as a soloist to perform with the Cache Valley Symphony Orchestra in 2014. David was a finalist in the Junior Division of the 2013 ASTA Utah Solo competition. In spring 2013, David was selected as Concertmaster of the Bridgerland Honors Orchestra. David also was a finalist in the Strings Division of the 2011 Utah Symphony Salute to Youth Concerto Competition. He currently studies under Janice McAllister and Rebecca McFaul, violinists of the Fry Street Quartet. He has helped Dr. Sergio Bernard teach free violin lessons to young children at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church since 2013.

Friday, June 5, 2015
 Brad Otteson & Rebecca McFaul 
(Viola & Violin)

Violist Bradley Ottesen and violinist Rebecca McFaul, together with pianist Jessica Roderer, will present a recital of lively music from the baroque and classical to the 20th century including the works of Bach, Martinu, and Beethoven.  Pianist Roderer will also play a short piano work by Lizst.

Bradley Ottesen is the violist of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street quartet.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Utah State University, and is the current President of the Utah Viola Society. Mr. Ottesen began his studies at the world-renowned Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, IA.  He has earned degrees from Northwestern University and the New England Conservatory, and his principal teachers have included William Preucil, James Dunham, and Peter Slowik, with extensive chamber music studies with Eric Rosenblith and members of the Juilliard, Muir, and Cleveland string quartets.  Prior to joining the Fry Street Quartet, Bradley served as the Assistant Principal Violist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Alberta, Canada.

Rebecca McFaul received a B.M. in violin performance from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Marilyn MacDonald and continued her studies earning a M.M. in violin performance with Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University. Under the mentorship of Marc Johnson of the Vermeer quartet, Rebecca founded the Fry Street Quartet in 1997. Rebecca is currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, as well as a sought-after guest teacher at festivals in this and other countries.

Reviews of her performances has ranged from one of “freedom” and “brilliance” (New York Concert Review)  to one that “glides through with a dancer’s grace” (Charlotte Observer).  Rebecca has toured North and South America, the Balkan States, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Israel as soloist and chamber musician. 

Jessica Roderer regularly appears as a collaborative artist with students and faculty, and performed as soloist with the USU Symphony Orchestra last November after winning the alumni concerto competition. Jessica is a composer and arranger for the “Opera By Children” outreach program and she co-directs the children’s chorus, both being branches of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre company.   The Deseret Morning News reported that her performances are “rich in emotion and dramatic passion”.
Ms. Roderer earned her Bachelors from Utah State University under the direction of Gary Amano, and then earned a Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Norman Krieger.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WEEK ONE, 2015

May 25-29, 2015
"Music at the Tabernacle"
Summer Concert Series
May 25-July 31, 2015
Monday through Friday
12:00 Noon

Encore Performance 
Friday, July 31, 2015
7:00 P.M.
All concerts free to the public

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cache Community Band

The Cache Community Wind Symphony will kick-off the 2015 Summer Noon Music at the Tabernacle with a selection of continental marches, a fantasy of Civil War tunes, a salute to the Armed Forces, and exuberant selections of Copland and John Williams. 

The Cache Community Band program, and more specifically the Wind Symphony, consists of 65 excellent musicians who reside throughout the valley, ranging in age from 14 on up!  For 39 years, this band/symphony has been a major year-round contributor to the cultural and artistic landscape of Cache Valley. 

Under the musical direction of Dan Stowell (since October 2013), the Wind Symphony has become a premier community musical organization, comparable with some of the best around the country.  The organization has ambitious plans as it continues to grow and excel.  For more information about the Wind Symphony, the CC Big Band, or the schedule of upcoming concerts and events, go to

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Young Prodigies - Piano and Harp

David Ban, 13, will play Sonatine 3rd movement by Maurice Ravel, and Grandes Etudes de Paganini (1851 version) Etude No 5 in E Major by Franz Liszt.  David is a 7th grader at Mount Logan Middle School.   He started learning piano at Utah State University (USU) Youth Conservatory when he was five.  He is a student of Professor Gary Amano.  David has won awards in many piano competitions, such as the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital Audition (2014, 2015), USU Piano Festival (2009-2015), and Weber State Piano Festival (2013).  He’s also a finalist for Utah Symphony Salute to Youth Audition in 2013 and 2014.  Last year, David won concerto competitions and performed twice as a piano soloist with two orchestras.  David enjoys performing in various community concerts, assisted living homes, and accompanying string trios and school choir. He is a member of school math team, debate team and school musicals.  He likes fishing, playing tennis, skiing, swimming, and playing games.

Jennifer Ban,16, will play Concert Etude Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes) by Franz Liszt, and Sonata in E-flat Major, Allegro, by Joseph Haydn.  She is is a Junior at Logan High School and has studied piano for 11 years and is piano student of Luke Hancock.  Jennifer has won top prizes at the USU Piano Festival each year since 2008, and was awarded the Performer of the Year and the Spencer L. Taggart Memorial Award in the USU Youth Conservatory multiple times.  Her piano solo performance received superior rating at Utah High School Activity Associations’ Solo & Ensemble Competition in the last three years.   In 2014 she was a finalist at Utah Symphony Salute to Youth Competition.  In 2013, she won piano concerto auditions and played with two orchestras.  Recently, she won 2nd Place at American Protégé International Concerto Competition and is invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.  Jennifer also plays the violin and is the concert master of her school orchestra and a member of “The 21 Strings” quintet.  She enjoys sharing her music and frequently plays in the community concerts, assisted living homes and Logan Regional Hospital.  She has a 4.0 GPA and is the President of math club and President-Elect of HOSA Future Health Professionals at Logan High School.  She likes reading, skiing, hiking and cooking.

Rachel Smith,13, will play the Suite Ergamasque Prelude by Debussy.  Rachel is 7th grade at Logan’s Mount Logan Middle School and studies piano with Miho Everitt.  Rachel has been a finalist for both the 2012 and 2014 Utah Symphony Salute to Youth auditions and also the Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Competition 2013.  Among her awards are a performance in the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Recital, top prizes in various piano competitions, and she is winner of the 2015 Cache Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition.  Rachel has performed in the masterclasses with Weiyin Chen and Stephen Beus, and performed Haydn piano concerto with Cache Symphony orchestra last month. Besides piano, Rachel enjoys reading and is bilingual in Japanese and English.

Arianna (Annie) Worthen, 15,  is a Sophomore at Intech Collegiate High School and has been playing the lever harp for nine years.  She will be playing “River Flows in You” by Yiruma, “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding, and “Take Me to Church” by Hozier.  
Annie has played in several orchestras throughout middle and high school.  Last year, she placed first in the Senior Division at the Stratford-Loosle Young Musician's Competition held in Smithfield.  At age 13, she was selected to perform a harp solo on the Utah State University main theater stage and was a guest performer at the Mrs. Utah Pageant.  She has played the harp for numerous formal and informal occasions including several theater productions.  Each week she plays the harp at the Logan Regional Hospital for patients, staff, and visitors.  Annie cannot walk or stand unassisted due to an undiagnosed congenital Neuromuscular Myopathy.  This disease causes limited strength throughout her body, which prevents her from playing a pedal harp.  However, Annie loves playing her lever and electric harps.  

Emma Cardon,16, will perform Mendelssohn’s piano Concerto in G Minor, 3rd movement as well as her own composition.  Emma has won awards at the USU Piano Festival, the Cache Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA) Piano Concerto Competition, and was a finalist in the 2011 Utah Symphony Salute to Youth Piano Concerto Competition.  She studies piano with Dennis Hirst at USU.  
Emma is also a cellist and plays in the Logan High Orchestra, the RED Trio, and in the Utah All-State Orchestra in 2014 and 2015.  Emma began composing at age six, and has won awards in competitions including National Young Arts Foundation, USU Youth Conservatory, and PTA Reflections.  She recently won the national Olga Klein Nelson composition award.  She will study composition at Brevard Music Institute in North Carolina this summer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

USU String Students

The USU String Students who will perform are violist Ellyn Thornton; cellist Josiah Cordes; and violinists Suni Norman, Jesse Massey, Rebecca Mitton, and Brynn Seegmiller.  (The piano accompanist is Jessica Roderer.)  All of these performers are students of the Fry Street Quartet, faculty of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. 

To be a music major in the string area (music education or performance) at USU requires joining a highly motivated group of students who receive an extraordinary amount of attention and care from their mentors. Lessons, orchestra, and chamber music are intensive and involve interaction with the entire string faculty.

The String Quartet Residency at USU's Caine College of the Arts was recently endowed by Dan and Manon Russell, an extraordinary gift for providing Utah State's String Program for future generations.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hatch Family 
(Magician/Deceptionist, Violin & Piano)

Richard & Rosemary Hatch of the Hatch Academy of Magic & Music will be joined by their son, pianist Jonathan Hatch, for an ensemble performance combining classical music and theatrical magic. Music by Bach, Kreisler, Saint-Saëns and Miyagi will be featured along with magic by Vernon, Punx, and Hecklau, among others. Highlights from their popular "Matinée Enchantée" programs at the Thatcher-Young Mansion will be included, along with several new pieces making their Tabernacle debut.

Although Richard holds two graduate degrees in Physics from Yale University, he prefers apparently to violate the laws of nature rather than discover them! His family moved to Logan in October 2010 and opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, an educational institution, in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion.  (

Rosemary, a graduate of the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music, teaches violin at the Hatch Academy and performs with the American Festival Orchestra and the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra.

Jonathan studied piano with Paul Krystofiak at St. Thomas University in Houston and with Sophia Gilmson at the University of Texas before joining his parents in Utah. He is currently active as a visual artist, having had gallery exhibitions of his works in Logan and Salt Lake City.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Hartstrings 
(Salt Lake City)

Hartstrings perform a repertoire of sacred, classical, folk, and broadway songs anything from Orange Blossom Special to Lloyd Weber's Pie Jesu. The group consists of Brody and Corine Hart and their four children. Brody sings and plays the piano and organ. Corine and all of the children sing and play the violin. Hartstrings has performed numerous times on Temple Square for the Families Making Music concert series, Temple Square Concerts in the Park summer concert series, and First Night Celebration. They performed last Christmas in the Logan Tabernacle for the first time and are thrilled to be back this spring. As a family, they have performed together as far away as India and Brazil.

Brody Hart is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He and his wife perform on a monthly basis in the Conference Center on Temple Square where we they play piano and violin duets that Brody arranges. Brody has played piano for LDS artists like Alex Boye, George Dyer, and Jenny Jordan Frogley in concert. He has been asked to arrange music and perform in small groups for President Monson and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Brody received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, and his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Michigan. Brody works as a dentist in West Jordan, Utah. 

Corine Hart has a violin performance degree from the University of Utah where she studied with Ralph Matson, concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. In 1999, Corine performed in Nauvoo, Illinois as a young performing missionary where she met her future husband, Brody.  Corine is a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square and accompanies the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their weekly broadcasts and on tour. Corine maintains an active teaching studio in Salt Lake City.

Makenzie Ann Hart, age 12, studies violin with Deborah Moench.  Last year Makenzie was featured as a solo violinist during the General Women's Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was seen by millions around the world on television playing her violin.  Makenzie is a member of the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City on full scholarship.

Eliza Mary Hart, 10, is a member of Rocky Mountain Strings. She studies violin with Deborah Moench. She recently returned from Minneapolis where she performed with the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In 2013, Eliza received a Reflections National Award of Merit for her violin composition. Eliza has received a superior rating in the National Federation of Music Clubs festival for the past 5 years. Her passions include drawing, painting, sculpting, hiking, camping, and boating.

Ivy Grace Hart, 8, studies with Deborah Moench. She has received superior ratings in the National Federation of Music Clubs festival the last 3 years. Ivy also studies the piano. She has daring tastes: she enjoys escargot, sushi, sashimi, and calamari. Ivy wants to be a chef one day.

BJ Hart, 5, started violin lessons at age three. He recently soloed on Temple Square where he played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  

Friday, May 29th, 2015
7:00 pm, in the evening!!!!!!

Westminster Bell Choir

The Westminster Bell Choir and the Belles of Westminster, under the direction of Cathy Ferrand Bullock, will feature arrangements of familiar hymns and praise songs, a Led Zeppelin classic rock favorite (you’ve never heard “Stairway to Heaven” played quite like this!), a new composition from Westminster ringer Jill Bowers, and a bell sextet with accompaniment by pianist Ali Snow.

The bell choirs are interfaith groups sponsored by Logan’s First Presbyterian Church. The 20 ringers range from high school to retirement age, represent a number of local churches and wards, originally hail from all over the country, and have anywhere from a few months to a few decades of ringing experience. The groups rehearse from August through May. During those nine months, they typically give a couple dozen performances in churches, wards, retirement apartment complexes, nursing homes, and other venues. They have participated in the American Festival Chorus’ Christmas concerts for several years. One of their most enjoyable activities has been their annual trip to the Utah State campus to flash mob various classes at the end of the fall semester.