Classics of Irving Berlin ring in the Christmas season; Great American Songbook Series

Composite image shows vocal students of Southern Utah University performing in a concert, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified; Inset: Irving Berlin. | St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY – The Department of Music at Southern Utah University brings “The Great American Songbook Series” of concerts Dec. 6 featuring the music of Irving Berlin, a fitting offering for the Christmas season.

Irving Berlin composed more than 1,500 songs and dozens of musicals and films. During the 1942 Holiday Inn showcase, Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas,” which would become a best-selling holiday favorite. Other works of Berlin include “Cheek to Cheek,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “What’ll I Do” and music from “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Jordan Sanders, a senior voice performance major from Castle Dale, said: “I don’t often get to sing in this musical style because I usually sing classical music. The jazzy style of this music is a joy to sing.”

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students, or $25 for a season ticket to all four concerts in the series, this is the second concert in the series. Concerts are held at the Southern Utah Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. with performances by both students and faculty members.

Proceeds of the songbook series concerts benefit students with instrument needs, tour costs and the like.

The Great American Songbook Series will continue with two more concerts Feb. 7, 2017, with composer Cole Porter, and March 21, 2017, with composers Rodgers and Hart.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of art and design, music, and dance. The College also offers programs in theatre arts, graduate programs in arts administration and music, as well as a Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and Master of Fine Arts in arts administration, Master of Arts in arts administration, Master of music Education and Master of Music in music technology graduate degrees.

More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 600 majors in the College. Over 1,100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus.

The College presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations and exhibitions each year.

The College’s affiliate organizations include the Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Shakespeare Festival and SUU’s Ballroom Dance Company.

More information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts is available on the university’s webpage for the college.

Event details

  • What: “The Great American Songbook Series” by SUU’s Music Department
  • When: Tuesdays, Dec. 6; Feb. 7 and March 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Southern Utah Museum of Art in Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts at the corner of University and 300 West on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
  • Cost: Concerts are $10 for adults, $5 for students; season tickets $25.

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1 Comment

  • .... November 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    This will be a wonderful gathering of friends and family to enjoy the music and enjoy the joyous and spiritual sounds of music

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