Members of the Utah State University Symphony Orchestra will study and perform in London this fall, and the University of Utah Percussion Ensemble has accepted an invitation to perform at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December.
-ACCORDING TO CONDUCTOR James McWhorter, approximately 40 members of the USU Symphony Orchestra will participate in the Nov. 17-26 London tour. Fund-raising efforts have been taking place for about a year, and individual members will pay the difference between actual cost and fund-raising totals, McWhorter said. No university or state funds support the tour. "The students worked extremely hard to raise money," he said. "They've washed cars, sponsored dinners and concerts and coordinated mail campaigns."Performances have been scheduled for the Hyde Park Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at Holy Trinity Church. Holy Trinity is the site of the famous summer prom concerts, McWhorter said, explaining that they are similar those presented by the Boston Pops.
During the trip the musicians will work with professors and musicians from the Royal College of Music. Also a talk/lecture on cultural and historical topics will be held each morning.
McWhorter emphasizes that the tour will not affect activities of the full USU Symphony Orchestra during fall quarter. A concert featuring the entire group will be held just prior to the tour and the conductor says the group should be "at its musical peak."
-THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Percussion Ensemble is the first group from Utah to be honored with an invitation to the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
The five-day clinic will take place at the Chicago Hilton, with the U. ensemble scheduled to perform Dec. 15. In attendance will be professional musicians, music educators, publishers, instrument manufacturers and others in the music industry.
In addition the group will stage a series of concerts en route, including performances at the University of Nebraska on Dec. 11, the University of Iowa on Dec. 12 and Northern Illinois University on Dec. 13. A special bon-voyage concert will be presented Dec. 6 at the U.'s Gardner Hall.
Founded by its current director, Douglas J. Wolf, in 1979, the ensemble took top honors in the Percussive Arts Society's 1987 national competition. Since then it has appeared at the PAS national convention, at the Utah Music Educators Association convention, the Music Teachers National Association convention and the Northwest Music Educators National Conference.