Orchestra of Southern Utah’s ‘Come Fly With Me’ explores sounds, styles

Women's group, In Jubilio, to perform at the "Come Fly With Me" recital, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY — The Orchestra of Southern Utah’s Recital Series continues Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the performance “Come Fly With Me” at the Heritage Theater, 105 N. 100 East, in Cedar City.

Women's group, In Jubilio, to perform at the "Come Fly With Me" recital, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah
Women’s group, In Jubilio, to perform at the “Come Fly With Me” recital, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah

Directed by Jackie Riddle-Jackson, “Come Fly With Me” will present music from around the world, encouraging the audience to explore sounds and styles.

The musicians have donated their time and talents to benefit the OSU, and a suggested donation of $5 is encouraged and would be appreciated. Recitals are recorded, so children over six are welcome with adult supervision.

Sung by soprano Raylayna Amy, “A Pastoral” from the opera “Rosalinda” presents an Italian baroque piece by Francesco Maria Veracini. Amy will be accompanied by pianist Laraine Ficklin.

Jack Vickers and Halle Vickers will play a piano duet, “Slavic Tale,” by David Karp. The siblings have been involved in OSU recitals before and demonstrate a level of talent not often found in musicians so young. The Vickers duo (ages 10 and eight) have been playing the piano since they were four years old. They are both students at Iron Springs Elementary and study with LuAnn Keate. Their proud parents are Robbie Vickers and Elaine Vickers.

The group, In Jubilo, under the direction of both Jackie Riddle-Jackson and Melissa Leavitt, will perform three pieces. “Soft Rain” by composers Janet and Douglas Cox, captures the pensive, observant mood that settles over the narrator as a rain storm is watched from behind a window. “Oh Shenandoah,” arranged by Ruth Elaine Schram, is a popular American folk song that has a history dating back to the 1800s. “Soundings” by Janice Kimes, will also be performed by the women’s choir.

The dynamic and exciting “Scherzo Tarantelle,” by Henryk Wieniawski, will be performed by Marin Colby on violin.  Colby directs the annual Southern Utah String Festival, teaches group classes for Suzuki Strings Cedar City and maintains a private violin studio in Cedar City and Enterprise. Mary Anne Andersen will accompany her on piano.

Christian Bohnenstengel will play “Come Fly With Me” on piano. Bohnenstengel is an associate professor of music at Southern Utah University. He has been involved with numerous projects and has performed on three continents.

Village Voices, to perform at the "Come Fly With Me" recital, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah
Village Voices, to perform at the “Come Fly With Me” recital, Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News

From the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific,” the song “Bali Hai” will be sung by Suzanne Tegland. Tegland has been working as the principal violinist for the show “South Pacific,” plays violin in OSU and serves on the OSU Board of Directors. Teresa Redd will play piano and CaryLee Zwang will play the drums.

Village Voices, directed by Danny Hansen, will perform several pieces to include: “Now is the Month of Maying,” “O Bella Fusa,” “In These Delightful Pleasant Groves,” “When Allen a Dale went a Hunting,” “I Love, Alas, I Love Thee,” Fair Phyllis with the Sound of Singing” and “A Mad Madrigal.”  Village Voices includes Melissa Leavitt, Melissa Wright, Jackie Riddle-Jackson, Jamie Riley, Caitlin Adams, Kim Sanders, Sterling Young, Paul Hatch, Carl Sevy, Marc Meilstrup, Danny Hansen and Isaac Hughes. Village Voices performed at the Utah Shakespeare Greenshow this summer as a madrigal group.

The Fall Recital Series continues each Tuesday in September, and full symphony concerts start Oct. 8.

Event details

  • What: “Come Fly With Me”
  • When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Heritage Theater, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City
  • Tickets: $5 donation is suggested
  • Contact: Emily Hepworth at 435-233-8213 or emilyosucedarcity@gmail.com
  • Orchestra of Southern Utah website

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