SUU Arts

We look forward to having you join us! SUU Arts is compiled of Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts departments. The Department of Art and Design, Department of Music, and the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Administration present over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year.

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Wind Symphony and Cedar City Community Band Concert

April 8, 2022

Continuing to bring music to SUU and Cedar City, the SUU Wind Symphony will team up with the Cedar City Community Band (CCCB) on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater for their final performance of the school year in a concert featuring the music of the Lord of the Rings saga. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty/staff (and one guest) and students can attend for free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online at athletics2.thedeconstructeddad.com/arts.

Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Chair of the Department of Music at SUU, shares, “It's always a pleasure to hear the SUU Wind Symphony perform in the same concert as the Cedar City Community Band; it reminds us of the strong ties the university has with the generously supportive community, and that ‘Learning Lives Forever’ genuinely exists!”

The SUU Wind Symphony is an auditioned ensemble comprised of the top wind and percussion students at SUU. The ensemble is committed to the performance of the highest quality contemporary and traditional works in the wind band repertoire. Innovative concerts, adventurous programming, and high-level music-making are the hallmarks of this select ensemble.

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Zion Trio 

April 9, 2022

As a part of the Southern Utah Piano Pedagogy Conference, SUU’s Department of Music will host the Zion Trio on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall of SUU’s Music Building. Zion Trio includes Dr. Paul Abegg, violin; Dr. Ka-Wai Yu, cello; and Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, piano. They will perform music by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven. This concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Director of Piano Studies at SUU, states, “It is always a privilege to play with world class musicians such as violinist Dr. Paul Abegg and cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu. We chose one of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano trios to commemorate his 250th anniversary two years ago, but we haven't been able to present the program due to COVID restrictions. It is very exciting to finally perform this work and a piano trio by Johannes Brahms for a live audience.”

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Rosin Cello Duo Concert

April 11, 2022

Southern Utah University’s Department of Music is excited to host guest artists of the cello duo, Rosin, on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall of the Music Building at SUU. The American cellists from Utah, Jessika Soli and Daniel Gaisford, began their duo, Rosin, in 2015 by exploring the Classical cello duo repertoire from the 18th and 19th centuries, focusing on great composers for cello such as Friedrich August Kummer, Sebastian Lee, David Popper and Julius Klengel. Since then, they have expanded into playing works inspired by the 2CELLOS as well as writing their own original music and transcriptions. This concert is free and open to the public.

Jessika Soli is an active recording artist, chamber musician and is the Adjunct Cello Professor at Southern Utah University. She received her cello performance degree from the University of Utah, where she studied with John Eckstein and also attended the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, where she studied with Andrew Smith. Soli was principle cellist of the Southwest Symphony for two years and also principle cellist of the UNLV orchestra where she was soloist and performed the Dvořák Concerto.

Classically trained from The Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro and the University of Southern California with Gabor Rejto, Daniel Gaisford has firmly established himself as one of the most expressive cellists performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as “transfixing,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer as “remarkable.” Mr. Gaisford continues to infuse with new life the great works of the past, while fiercely advocating for the music of our own time. 

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