Dixie State Music Department hosts Impressionism Festival to entertain, educate

The Dixie State University Chamber Singers, date unknown | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — With the stated goal of helping the community learn more about impressionistic music and acquire a deeper appreciation for the genre, the Dixie State University Music Department is hosting its “Impressionism Festival” on Feb. 17 through March 3.

While impressionism as a movement applies to a wide range of art forms, as far as music is concerned, this late-19th century French movement rejected many of the Germanic romantic musical principles. While painters Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are famous for their impressionistic work on the visual art side, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel were musical leaders in the impressionism movement.

On Wednesday, the Dixie State University Music Department — with the help of faculty from the university’s English and Art departments — will kick of the festival with an Evening of Impressionism at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State campus.

The free event will feature a concert with mini-lectures. Dr. Randy Jasmine, chair of the English Department, will present on impressionism in literature, and art historian Dr. Nancy Ross will present on women impressionist painters. Students from the Music Department will present vocal, woodwind, and piano selections.

“By collaborating on the literature we present in our concerts, we are able to present a festival without having to set aside resources to mount a traditional festival,” Dixie State Music Department Chair Glenn Webb said. “We invite the campus and community to join us in enjoying this important genre.”

Schedule of Dixie State University Music Department Impressionism Festival events

  • Feb. 17: Evening of Impressionism at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 225 S. 700 East, St. George, free admission
  • Feb. 20: Dixie State Symphony Orchestra performance of Ravel’s “Pavane” at 7:30 p.m., M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, S. 700 E. on the Dixie State campus, St. George$5 admission
  • Feb. 26: Dixie State Chamber Singers performance of Debussy’s “Beau Soir” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Shepherds’ Chorus” at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 225 S. 700 East, St. George, $5 admission
  • Feb. 29:  DSU Flute Ensemble performance of Debussy’s “Syrinx” and Theodore Debois’ quartet at 7:30 p.m., Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 225 S. 700 East, St. George, free admission
  • March 2:  DSU Jazz Ensemble performance of Eneboldson’s “Summer Snow” at 7:30 p.m., Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle St., St. George, $5 admission
  • March 3: DSU voice students will two concerts featuring compositions by Debussy, Ravel and Francis Poulenc at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 225 S. 700 East, St. George, free admission

Event details

  • What: Dixie State University Music Department Impressionism Festival
  • When: Various dates from Feb. 17 to March 3
  • Locations and costs of admission vary by event

Resources

  • Dixie State University Music Department website

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