Music Faculty Hosts Soiree Recital at SUMA

Published: September 28, 2016 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Music Faculty Hosts Soirée Recital at SUMAThe Southern Utah University’s (SUU) Department of Music faculty will perform in a recital titled Soirée on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). The concert is dedicated to former staff member, Shane Summers, as a remembrance of his time at SUU.

This stirring concert will feature many faculty performers and the various instruments they have mastered. Professor Carol Ann Modesitt, soprano; Dr. Virginia Stitt, English horn; Dr. Lawrence Johnson, tenor; Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, piano; Dr. Lynn Vartan, chimes; Dr. Adam Lambert, trumpet; Dr. Krystal McCoy, soprano; and Dr. Canès Nicolas, violin; will perform pieces at this concert. Two of the department's collaborative pianists - Tracey Bradshaw and Rebecca Curtis - will accompany soloists, as well as perform piano solos and duets.

Musical numbers have been selected to highlight many influential composers. These include Claude Debussy, Ottorino Respighi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazolla, Arthur Jarvinen, and SUU's very own resident composer and department chairman, Dr. Keith Bradshaw.

Of this performance, Dr. Lawrence Johnson, associate professor of Music, said, “This year's faculty recital will be of special note. We are dedicating this performance to the memory of our colleague and dear friend, Shane Summers, whom we suddenly lost this past August. There will be music specifically written for and also dedicated to Shane, as well as a short video presentation.” Summers passed away unexpectedly in August. Students, faculty, and community members can take this time to remember his life and the deep impact that he had on SUU’s community.

Soirée is free and open to the public. Don’t miss this moving performance. For more information, please visit

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