Piano Extravaganza Concert to Rock SUU, Cedar City

Published: October 13, 2020 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Read Time: 3 minutes

The Department of Music at SUU, along with SUU piano students, take the stage for the Piano Extravaganza Concert on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. Admission is free to this event. All pianists and audience members are required to wear a mask.

Gretel Beal, a Junior studying graphic design from Cedar Hills, says, “My favorite piece that I'll be performing is called ‘When The Nights Get Long’. It's a solo piano piece that's actually written by my favorite band, Jukebox the Ghost. It's written after one of their popular songs but composed in a way that it's a beautiful piano piece rather than a pop song. I feel people in the community should attend this performance because life can get crazy and busy and we often forget to take time to relax and enjoy ourselves. Listening to beautiful music definitely allows people to relax and just enjoy the moment.”

2020 SUU Piano StudentDr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Associate Professor of Piano at SUU, explains, “Fall time is Piano Monster Concert time – usually up to 150 students and teachers sharing the Heritage Center Theater stage, sometimes with up to four people at one piano. COVID-19 forced us to take the year off, but it didn't stop the music! SUU piano students will instead be offering a Piano Extravaganza of solo works ranging from Bach to Beethoven to Gershwin's ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.”

All pianists are required to wear masks as they perform. Audience members will also be required to wear masks. Names and phone numbers of each group will be taken to correspond with the current COVID-19 contact tracing measures being taken by the state. No paper programs will be handed out at this event. Audience members will be able to scan a QR code to have the program electronically. A link to the program will also be provided on the day of the show.

Kennedi Ludvigson, a Sophomore music education major from Mesquite, Nevada, shares, “When I was young, I went to a college performance. I remember that I wanted to play like the girl that had performed. Hopefully, by attending the Piano Extravaganza, young musicians will be inspired and motivated to continue practicing.”

Immerse yourself in music from Bach’s time to the present with Jukebox the Ghost. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/music.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 700 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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