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Utah Music Festival & School readies 18th season

Submitted by Eric Samuels

The Utah Music Festival & School’s 18th season is underway and will run through August 18 in Park City.

The programs will feature several masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire, including the Mozart G minor, two-viola Quintet, and the Brahms B-flat Sextet.

The festival is able to feature these great works during the first week thanks to the talents of two of the nations leading violists — Alabama Symphony Principal Michael Fernandez and his colleague Kenny Kim.

Leading the string quintets from the first violin will be former concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and current concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic, Geoffrey Trabichoff, who is also a member of the Langroise Trio.

Other participating musicians will include Boise Youth Orchestra violinist Alexandra Baltz, Wasatch High cellist and member of the Utah All-State Orchestra, Parker Sharp, and The Utah Music Festival & School’s artistic directors — flutist Alison Griffiths Samuels and cellist Eric Samuels.

Additional works by Puccini, Mozart, Haydn and Borodin will be featured along with talented students, Kenny Cohen, a Los Angeles violinist, and Sophia Chartrand, a Park City violist.

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The Utah Music Festival & School’s unique educational programs give students an opportunity to be coached by major symphony, music conservatory, chamber music and solo musicians from around the United States.

The Friday, June 28, concert will be at the acoustically sound Park City Community Church, 4501 S. R. 224, at 7:30 p.m. Additional concerts from Thursday, June 27, through Sunday, June 30, will take place at a variety of Park City locations.

A new concert series, Jazz and Classics, will be featured from Friday through Sunday at Canyons’ award-winning Edge Restaurant.

Check the festival’s website at http://www.utahmusic.org for additional information on concert locations and times.

The festival has a wonderful daily music educational program for all instruments and many musical styles ranging from classics, jazz, R & B, to country, folk and movie music.

The short daily program costs $15 per hour. Students will receive private lessons, ensemble coaching, masterclasses, theory and ear-training and are provided many performing opportunities.

Attendance is flexible depending on students’ and families’ summer activities.

The festival wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Park City Community Church, Westgate Resort, RMA Realty, Mr. Mark Slagle, Leon and Ann Daniel and Promontory Club for supporting this week of concerts and music education in our community.

The festival invites all Park City residents to consider volunteering for organizational, housing, venue, and publicity needs throughout the summer. Scholarships for students, season passes, website listing and a tax-deductible donation may apply.

For more information, call (435) 640-9393 , or sign-up on the website at http://www.utahmusic.org .