The Utah Symphony will perform at 6:30 this evening in the new Red Butte Gardens amphitheater. Under music director Joseph Silverstein, the orchestra will offer music with an outdoor or environmental theme, including "Forests" by University of Utah music professor Henry Wolking, extracts from Mendelssohn's music for Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," four of Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances" and Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Voices of Spring."
Admission is $12, or $6 for children 12 and under, with seating on the lawn. In case of rain the performance will be moved to Kingsbury Hall.- THE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY Alumni Band under Max Dalby will kick off USU's Fourth of July celebration with a concert at 7 this evening on the patio area of the Taggart Student Center. Selections will include "The Star-Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful" Sousa's "The Liberty Bell" and a "Broadway Spectacular." Guests will include vocalist Pat Swasey and conductor Dennis Griffin, who will lead excerpts from the musical "Phantom of the Opera."
Admission is free, with seating available on the patio and on the lawn.
- THE MYRIAD STRING QUARTET, consisting of violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violist Paul Wakabayashi and cellist Amos Yang, will perform Tuesday, July 2, in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.
Formed in 1988 at the Eastman School of Music, the group was awarded first prize at the 1991 Carmel Chamber Music Competition. Currently studying with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ward began her violin studies in Salt Lake City. Stone is from Chicago. Wakabayashi and Yang are currently based in New York.
They will be heard playing Mozart's Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421, and Beethoven's Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. Starting time is 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.
- PIANIST EDNA GOLANDSKY will join the New World String Quartet for the next concert in this summer's Wassermann Festival of Chamber Music, Tuesday, July 2, at 8 p.m at Utah State University's Chase Fine Arts Center.
A leading authority on the piano pedagogy method of Dorothy Taubman, Golandsky will join quartet members in a performance of Mozart's Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, K. 493. The New World Quartet will also be heard in quartets of Brahms and Prokofiev.
Tickets, at $6 and $8, are available at the USU ticket office in the Smith Spectrum or at the door. For information call 750-1657.
- NEW ZEALAND VIOLINIST Martin Risely will present a solo recital Wednesday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall. Accompanied by fellow New Zealander, pianist Maurice Till, he will perform sonatas of Brahms (the Op. 78, in G major) and Prokofiev, as well as Sarasate's "Carmen" Fantasy.
A native of Christchurch, Risely is currently a teaching fellow under Dorothy DeLay at New York's Juilliard School of Music. He is a former concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and winner of the Television New Zealand Young Musicians Competition. A frequent soloist with the New Zealand Symphony, Till has been serving this month as a juror at the 10th Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Admission is free but limited to those 8 and older.
- MICHAEL A. PALUMBO will conduct the New American Symphony Orchestra in a Fourth of July concert Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Layton City Park. Included on the program will be Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture along with other traditional selections.
- THE SALT LAKE TABERNACLE will be the site of the annual patriotic concert of the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. Under Chief Warrant Officer Norman R. Wendel, the band will perform a variety of marches and show tunes, along with an "Armed Forces Medley" and Sgt. Russell K. Germer's "Desert Storm Tribute."
Admission is free.