Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre is the place to be in the summer. Our five-week festival consists of over 100 events including four productions of grand opera, operetta, light opera, and/or seldom-seen Broadway-style musical theatre. But that's not all! You will also enjoy a wide variety of offerings such as orchestral and vocal concerts, an International Competition, continuing adult education with the Utah Festival Academy, pre-performance discussions, backstage tours, Breakfast with the Stars and so much more! There is something for everyone!
PIONEERS AND PATRIOTS PAYS TRIBUTE TO JOHN PHILIP SOUSA CONCERT 87 YEARS AGO |
By Jennie Christensen, Cache Valley Daily
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Each year around the July 24th Pioneer Day holiday the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre presents a special Pioneers and Patriots concert. Founder and general director Michael Ballam says this year the concert will pay tribute to John Philip Sousa who came to Logan to perform in 1927.
On a recent KVNU Crosstalk program, Ballam said it will be one of the most exciting evenings we've had since Sousa played on the stage of the Capitol Theatre.
"It's now the Eccles Theatre and we are recreating that night," Ballam said. "It is going to be amazing."
Ballam said that Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre will be getting some help from Utah State University to recreate the magic of that evening 87 years ago.
"Michael Bankhead, the head of the USU Music Department who has had an amazing career with the Armed Forces music, is going to be Mr. Sousa. We found the program, quite by accident."
Ballam said the program was found in some old storage bins. He said the tribute to John Philip Sousa begins Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eccles Theatre. It will include a 42-piece band with choir, soloists and surprises.
ANNOUNCING THE FINALISTS OF THE 6th ANNUAL INT'L OPERA COMPETITION |
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the Semifinals of the International Opera Competition. The artists chosen to move on to the Finals on July 29th will be (in alphabetical order):
Peter Scott Drackley
Be sure to join us on July 29th, 2014 for the Finals, where the audience will help decide who will win the competition! This year's Finals will again be incorporated into Operafest.