Orchestra of Southern Utah hosts ‘Silver & Gold Soirée’ with auction

CEDAR CITY — The Orchestra of Southern Utah took audiences on a world tour through music this season and presents one more local event Friday in Cedar City.

The “Silver and Gold Soirée Silent Auction” is set to be held at the Iron Gate Inn and Winery, 100 N. 200 West, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available only in advance from Orchestra Manager Emily Hepworth or through the Heritage Center.

Poster courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News
Poster courtesy of Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

“The Orchestra of Southern Utah continues to increase the offerings of live music, but tickets alone cover less than 10 percent of annual costs and we are hesitant to raise those prices because we want to keep the music accessible for our community,” Hepworth said. “Additional funding is therefore essential to helping the orchestra thrive, and your support is much appreciated. We are also adding more educational outreach through increased school assemblies and our fourth grade musical passports, so more children will experience the excitement of live music.”

OSU musicians will provide live music for the event with a string quartet under direction of Chelsea Gardner; a brass jazz ensemble under the direction of Bob Gordon; and violin duets with Ling Yu and Sara Penny.

Refreshments will be served, including both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

Directors of the event are the Orchestra’s musicians Ariel Wolter Rhoades and Suzanne Tegland, with assistance from Emily Bradley and Aaron Bradley.

“Many auction items and raffle prizes have been donated by many Cedar City local businesses, including Artisan’s Gallery, and OSU musicians,” Rhoades said.

Businesses that would like to donate to this or other Orchestra of Southern Utah events should contact Emily Hepworth, Tegland said.

“OSU is honored to have received several high quality pieces of art in support of our fundraising efforts from Lane Twitchell, a visual arts professional who works in New York City on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts,” Hepworth said.

Twitchell has produced a body of museum quality paintings over the course of his focused studio career, as well as design work and commercial imagery for publications and corporate clients. Some of his additional work can be found on his website.

Graphic courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News
Graphic courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News

Twitchell is a part of the Dalley family, whose members have done remarkable work in building the arts in Cedar City and throughout the country. His great-uncle was Orien Dalley, who did a great deal for music in Southern Utah and nationally from the 1920s and through his whole life. After Orien Dalley retired, he donated a collection of string instruments of all sizes to Southern Utah University, which have been used over the years to build its orchestras.

He also donated a music collection to SUU, which is housed in Special Collections. In addition to a stellar career at the University of Michigan, Orien Dalley helped found Interlochen Center for the Arts and was a student of Jean Sibelius in Finland. He taught at SUU before Roy Halversen came to Cedar City.

Orien Dalley is buried in Summit, where he was born. The extended family is filled with prominent musicians like his children John Dalley, of the Guarneri Quartet, and Melinda Wagner, a faithful supporter of OSU for years.

Other family members include Marlo Madsen Ihler, a Messiah soloist this season, and Marni Madsen Maxwell, both of whom are great additions to the cultural life in Cedar City. Their grandparents Bert and Ada Carpenter were supportive of the arts, and Bert Carpenter sang on KSUB radio and for numerous community events during his life. Ada Carpenter’s sister, Iva Bringhurst, played piano for many community events, including singing at the Senior Center for several years.

Other Dalley family musicians were Analee Carpenter Lee, who was a Halversen soloist on piano, her father, Jerry Carpenter, and her brother John Carpenter, who have both sung in the Messiah choir.

More information about the Silver and Gold Soiree Silent Auction can be found on the OSU website.

Event Details

  • Who: Orchestra of Southern Utah | Website
  • What: Silver and Gold Soirée Silent Auction
  • Where: Iron Gate Inn and Winery 100 N. 200 West, Cedar City
  • When: Friday, May 8, 2015, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 per-person
  • Contact/ticket information: Emily Hepworth, Orchestra of Southern Utah manager | Telephone: 435-233-8213 | Tickets are also available at the Heritage Center

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