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TRADITIONAL JULY CONCERTS TO BRING SINGERS TO SQUARE

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July is traditionally Vocal Month on Temple Square, with a concentration of singing artists presenting recitals in the Assembly Hall. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m., and all are free. Children under 8 years of age are discouraged from attending.

Leading off the roster of prominent singers on Wednesday, July 7, will be Hak-Nam Kim, mezzo-soprano of the Korea National, La Scala and Lyon (France) operas. Her program will consist of art songs by Handel, Scarlatti, Verdi, Brahms and Mozart, some Korean songs, and major operatic arias of the mezzo repertory.On Friday, July 9, soprano Rebecca Glade and baritone Steve Evans, with Denise Farrington piano and Dean Kaelin keyboard, will present "Broadway Classics" by Rodgers, Loewe, Kern, Gates, Webber and Friml. Both artists have performed widely in Utah musical theaters, and with Young Audiences.

On Saturday, July 10, the South African Drakensberg Boys Choir will sing music of Mozart and Haydn, folk songs of many lands, and a large segment of African music arranged by their conductor of 12 years' standing, Christian Ashley-Botha.

Among its illustrious credits the choir counts popular acclaim in Tel Aviv; singing at a papal audience in St. Peter's Square in Rome, with a live broadcast form the Vatican; high Masses at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Viennaand at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; enthusiastic recognition in Taiwan and throughout the Orient; and judged best of festival at Poznan International Boys Choir Festival in Poland (1992).

Founded in 1967, the choir makes its headquarters at its school near Winterton, South Africa, where 110 boys receive musical and academic education. The school has two choirs of equal ability, each with its own conductor, and the highest musical standards are maintained. The choir tours locally four times a year, and internationally once a year.

The Drakensberg Boys Choir will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in its weekly broadcast of July 11. Audience members must be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.

Continuing the series, tenor Robert Breault will sing on July 14, with Iain Burnside, a frequent accompanist on the series, at the piano. Metropolitan Opera soprano Katherine Johnson will be in recital July 16, and on July 18 she sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in broadcast. The Jay Welch Chorale sings July 20, and the Intimate Opera Program, featuring Utah Opera artists past and present, is on July 21.

Baritone Mark Pedrotti solos on July 23, then sings with the choir on July 25; and soprano Carolyn Talboys-Klassen takes the stage on July 30, with her husband Thomas Klassen at the piano.