Nov 142012

A Message from the Music Director

Music is not an easy master. It requires discipline, sensitivity, intellect, mentorship, and hours upon hours of practice to be able to compose, perform, or conduct classical music.  That’s why it’s always astonishing to see musical gifts developed at an early age. November’s concerts, entitled “Musical Prodigies: Youthful Works of Great Composers,” pays tribute not only to four early geniuses, but also, in an indirect manner, to all the students, parents, teachers and mentors who are working to develop musical potential.

Tonight’s concert also features three gifted soloists from the membership of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra: Kit Weber, French horn; Ligia Paredes, flute; and Mallory Wright, harp. We feel truly fortunate to be able to count these and so many other fabulous musicians among our numbers, and we hope to feature more of them in coming programs. This is just one indicator of the high caliber of the musicians who play with us.

Next month, on Monday and Tuesday, December 17 and 18, were excited to welcome Jenny Oaks Baker back to the stage with the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra.  A Grammy nominee and a #1 Billboard violinist, Jenny has released a new Christmas CD, Noël: Carols from Christmas Past.  We are pleased to be the only orchestra selected to perform this music in its entirety. When I’ve spoken with Jenny on the phone, she’s expressed great excitement for the music, Kurt Bestor’s arrangements, and the artists she has collaborated with. One of these artists is Alex Sharpe, a former member of Celtic Woman, an all-female Irish musical ensemble. Ms. Sharpe will be joining us from her home in Ireland to sing with us on Monday night only.

If you join us at these performances, please note that they will begin at 7:00 p.m., which is a departure from our usual starting time and our earlier publicity.

Thank you for playing a part in our audience. I hope you enjoy the performances!

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