Satellite Salon Series Continues with Winds of Imagination

Published: January 12, 2023 | Author: Kol Gibson | Read Time: 3 minutes


A Close Up Shot of a Dandelion.The Satellite Salon Series will start their semiannual concerts off strong this year with Winds of Imagination on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall on SUU’s campus. This concert series is free and open to the public.

The Satellite Salon Series was created by Dr. Lynn Vartan when she began her tenure as the Director of Percussion at the University. She desired to bring the musical world she experienced as a professional artist closer to the students and community in Cedar City, Utah, and has brought over 30 guest artists to perform and give masterclasses in the series’ nearly 14-year run. Guest artists typically give a masterclass to both university and high school students followed by a Q&A session that culminates in a dynamic and collaborative concert.

Winds of Imagination will feature three award-winning clarinet players, Charles West, Jeremy Reynolds, and Laura Grantier, alongside percussionist Vartan. Dr. West is a renowned artist and professor and has performed recitals and concertos on four continents and has recorded a wide variety of repertoire from standard sonatas to avant-garde. Dr. Reynolds, a faculty member of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music and Assistant Principal Clarinetist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, has been invited to teach in some of the world’s most renowned music conservatories from France to South Korea and Taiwan. Dr. Grantier, a former SUU professor, is the Woodwind Area Head at the University of Utah and has performed over 2,250 public concerts, ceremonies, workshops, and engagements for leaders of state and high-ranking dignitaries. 

Winds of Imagination gained its name from the wind instruments featured in the concert, as well as how the featured works bend and entice the imagination.

“Audiences can expect the fun and the full spectrum of interesting modern music that they always get with our Satellite Salon Series,” comments Dr. Lynn Vartan. “There will be jazz, groovy things, modern things, and even some folk songs! It is really a feast of different styles for the listener.”

The first installment in this year’s Satellite Salon Series is sure to be an evening of wonder and imagination for all. Join Dr. Vartan and her guest artists for a fantastic, free concert for all ages on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall. Learn more about the Satellite Salon Series at


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The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 41 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, filmmaking, 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

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