Celebrate 20 Years of the Lord of the Rings with SUU Wind Symphony and Cedar City Community Band

Published: March 30, 2022 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU Wind SymphonyContinuing to bring music to SUU and Cedar City, the SUU Wind Symphony will team up with the Cedar City Community Band (CCCB) on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater for their final performance of the school year in a concert featuring the music of the Lord of the Rings saga. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty/staff (and one guest) and students can attend for free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online at www.suu.edu/arts.

Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Chair of the Department of Music at SUU, shares, “It's always a pleasure to hear the SUU Wind Symphony perform in the same concert as the Cedar City Community Band; it reminds us of the strong ties the university has with the generously supportive community, and that ‘Learning Lives Forever’ genuinely exists!”

The SUU Wind Symphony is an auditioned ensemble comprised of the top wind and percussion students at SUU. The ensemble is committed to the performance of the highest quality contemporary and traditional works in the wind band repertoire. Innovative concerts, adventurous programming, and high-level music-making are the hallmarks of this select ensemble. 

Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands at SUU, says, “The SUU Wind Symphony celebrates 20 years since the grand production of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings by presenting the full Symphony no. 1 ‘Lord of the Rings’ by Johan de Meij. This epic, five movement work includes movements titled, Gandalf, The Elvenwood, Gollum, Journey in the Dark, and Hobbits. In the spirit of movies, we will also perform Silverado, the great arrangement by Randol Bass. The Wind Symphony will begin the concert with Carnival Overture. We are pleased to have Dr. Laura Grantier, SUU’s Director of Woodwinds, playing with us as well. This will be the culminating event after a four-performance tour to Las Vegas, including performances at Foothill High School, Clark High School, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, and Valley High School.”

The Cedar City Community Band is a non-auditioned concert band. Their aim is to provide opportunities for those wishing to practice and develop their instrumental performance skills by rehearsing and performing fun, exciting, and challenging music. All high school-aged and older individuals with prior concert band performance experience are welcome.

Steve Shirts, Director of the Cedar City Community Band, states, “We have some amazing musicians in our community. It is an honor to be the conductor of this group. I know there are others in our area that would be great additions to the CCCB. You are welcome to join.”

Experience the music of Lord of the Rings on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. For more information about arts events at SUU, please visit www.suu.edu/arts.

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 900 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), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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