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The Great American Songbook Concert Series Features Music by George Gershwin

Published: October 18, 2016 | Author: Ashley Pollock | Category: Arts

Choir studentsThe Department of Music at Southern Utah University launches a new concert series this month called, The Great American Songbook Series. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $25 for a season ticket to all four concerts. This new series includes two concerts each semester. The first concert will be Tuesday, October 25th, in the Southern Utah Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m.  Both students and faculty will perform the music of George Gershwin. 

Carol Ann Modesitt, Director of Opera/Voice at SUU, was in Indianapolis last January at a National Opera Association Conference and was inspired to create this exciting new series. Modesitt said, “Indianapolis is the home of the Great American Songbook Museum that was founded by Michael Feinstein. I started thinking about the museum and about the great American song writers that have contributed many pop standards to our culture. The list of composers is amazing. You have composers like George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen just to name a few.”

The proceeds from this concert series will be used as a fund to assist students with instrument repair, purchase of instruments for the Department of Music, and help contribute to tours and students having the opportunity to go to conferences throughout the year. This will relieve a portion of the financial requirement that faces students studying music.

Of the venue, Modesitt said, “Once I saw SUMA this summer I thought, ‘What a great place for a series like this’, so I approached both Dean Mendini and Reece Summers and made a proposal for this series. They encouraged me to put in a written proposal for utilizing SUMA as the venue.”

The second concert in the series will be performed on Tuesday, December 6th, at SUMA and will feature the music of Irving Berlin.

For more information about Carol Ann Modesitt and the Department of Music at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/music.


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