Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute announces free concert series

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute is pleased to announce its line-up for the 2014 Concert Series held June 20-28 in concert venues throughout Washington County. This year’s concert series features three faculty chamber concerts, and three institute concerts – one chamber and two symphonic concerts – six concerts in all.

Raul Traver will be a featured performer for the Tuacahn Summer Arts Intsitute free concert series, date not specified, St. George, Utah| Photo courtesy of the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute
Raul Traver will be a featured performer for the Tuacahn Summer Arts Intsitute free concert series, date not specified, St. George, Utah| Photo courtesy of the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute

These free concerts are Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute’s gift to the community, providing an incredible opportunity to hear some of the most acclaimed and accomplished classical musicians in the country.

“It’s a little known secret that we have national and internationally renowned faculty at our music Institute,” Jason Bonham, Artistic Director for the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, said. “This is first-class chamber and symphonic music and we’re pleased that we can bring this to the Southern Utah community.”

This year’s concert series goes beyond its traditional Tuacahn, St. George Opera House and Dixie State University venues and will perform for the first time at the Fibonacci Gallery and the Rockville Community Center.

The Faculty Chamber Series starts at the Rockville Community Center on Saturday followed by a concert at Fibonacci Gallery on June 25 and the final faculty concert will be June 27, at the St. George Opera House. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Notable performers

The June 21 chamber concert will feature Raul Traver, a native of Burriana, Castellon Province, Spain and the first institute faculty member from another country. Traver is a woodwind instructor who began his musical tutelage at age 9. He has since gone on to win top prizes at 13 national and international competitions. Most recently he is the principal clarinet in the Castellón Opera Orchestra. Traver is no stranger to such a prestigious position, as it is one he has held with five other orchestras.

Albert Igolnikov will be a featured performer for the Tuacahn Summer Arts Intsitute free concert series, date not specified, St. George, Utah| Photo courtesy of the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute

Albert Igolnikov will be a featured artist in the concert at the Fibonacci Gallery on June 25. Albert spent 20 years with the Leningrad Philharmonic Academic Symphony and three years as assistant concertmaster before coming to the United States and joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since arriving and living in the United States, he has won a Grammy Award and toured the US, Europe, Australia, Japan and Russia. Igolnikov retired from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2012 after 33 years with the ensemble. He was assistant principal of the second violins.

Arts Institute performances

The Institute portion of the concert series will feature performers from the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute and will commence with a chamber concert on Saturday and a symphonic concert on Sunday. Both performances will be at the Hafen Theatre on the Tuacahn Campus.

The final performance will be at the Eccles Concert Hall on the Dixie State University Campus on June 28, at 2 p.m.

An accomplished director

Dr. Jennifer Grim will direct and will be a featured performer for the Tuacahn Summer Arts Intsitute free concert series, date not specified, St. George, Utah| Photo courtesy of the Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute

The Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute Concert Series is directed by Dr. Jennifer Grim, a UNLV professor, Arts Institute faculty member, and accomplished musician in her own right.

Grim is a first-prize winner in several national chamber music competitions and has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. Other solo appearances include the Caramoor, Aspen, Norfolk, and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals. Dr. Grim will also be performing in the June 25 and June 27 concerts.

Resources

  • For a complete schedule and line up of concerts click here

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