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Temple Square Performances for January and February

Article Date: 
21 January, 2011 (All day)


An exciting offering of concerts and performances on Temple Square will take place during the months of January and February with a wide array of musical events.  Concerts will be held in the Tabernacle, and the Assembly Hall, with BYU Winterfest performances in the Conference Center Theater. For convenience sake, specific performing groups and dates for BYU Winterfest are grouped together in this notice.  Each event is open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise indicated. 

 Saturday, January 22—The Utah Youth Philharmonic, under the direction of Barbara Scowcroft, will perform in the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m.  Their program will feature Serenade to Spring by Bryan Stanley and Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 by Antonin Dvorak.  For free tickets call 801-570-0080 or visit online at

 Saturday, January 29—Organist Jesse Eschbach will be featured in a recital jointly sponsored by the Salt Lake District of the American Guild of Organists in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m.  He will play Franck’s Grande Piece Symphonique, Op. 17 and Widor’s Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70.  Eschbach is a graduate of the University of Michigan and also studied in Paris.  He is currently a professor of organ at the University of North Texas.  Tickets are not needed.

 Friday, February 4—A Cultural Arts Script and Poetry Submission Presentation will take place in the chapel at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building at 7:30 p.m.  Featured will be an evening of poetry reading and a readers’ theater script presentation of works recognized from the annual Church Cultural Arts Submission.  This event is open to all ages.

 Friday, February 18—The Church Music Festival, featuring works of distinction and merit composed or arranged by LDS members throughout the United States, will be performed by the Ogden Institute of Religion Choralaires and Chorale in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  A children’s choir from the Pleasant View Utah Stake will also be participating in the concert.

 Saturday, February 19—Lyric tenor Mitchell Sturges will sing in concert in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  His program titled, “Songs & Poems of Love,” will feature pieces by Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Georg Friderich Handel, Franz Liszt, Richard Faith, and Amy Cheney Beach.  He will be accompanied by Carol Anderson on piano.  An active recitalist, Mr. Sturges has performed locally with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Chorus, as well as in London and in Italy.

 Friday, February 25—Classical guitarist Lawrence Green will present a program of original Spanish arrangements, including solo works for guitar, duets with guitarist Justin Leslie, and songs performed by baritone Arden Hopkin in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Mr. Green is on the guitar faculty in the School of Music at Brigham Young University and teaches over 700 students a year in classes and private lessons.  He has performed around the world in such locations as France, Belgium, Mexico, Spain, and Italy.

 Saturday, February 26—Formosan Violin-Piano Duo, violinist Shi-Hwa Wang and pianist Yu-Jane Yang, will perform works by Mozart, Amy Cheney Beach, Maurice Ravel, and Tyzen-Hsiao in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m.  The Formosan Violin-Piano Duo has travelled the world performing, together and separately.  They are both professors of music at Weber State University in Ogden.

 In addition, 30-minute organ recitals are held in the Tabernacle weekdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

 Also, Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsals are open to the public in the Tabernacle on Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m., as is “Music and the Spoken Word” featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sundays in the Conference Center when doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. 30-minute broadcast.

 For Temple Square Performances information, call 801-240-3323.