With a population of just over 29,000, the Festival City offers more than may be expected by way of the performing arts, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to Cedar City.
In such an endeavor, SUU’s Canyon Arts creative artist residency program brings musicians from the world’s top performance companies to Southern Utah as visiting faculty members who spend the summer working with some of the nation’s top up-and-coming collegiate musicians—SUU Thunderbirds included. This year’s program will culminate with a unique opportunity for the community to experience a world-class musical performance when the 2012 Canyon Arts faculty members perform in a free concert on Sunday, July 1, at 6 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall.
Among this year’s faculty are musicians who have played with the world’s foremost performing groups, including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera orchestras, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the American Symphony and the Utah Symphony, among others. Included in the renown cast is Cedar City’s own Dr. Lynn Vartan, SUU music professor and nationally acclaimed percussionist.
Of the line-up, music enthusiast and noted performer in his own right, SUU President Michael T. Benson said, “Canyon Arts has attracted incredibly gifted musicians from some of the world’s finest music programs and most acclaimed performing groups. I am certain the audience will enjoy an amazing performance.”
While Sunday’s concert is free and open to the public, an RSVP in advance is required for admission. Interested campus and community members may RSVP online at suu.edu/canyonarts/concert.html.
Additional information about the creative artists residency program, its students and faculty is also available online at suu.edu/canyonarts.