Eight prominent Utah performing artists will join forces with the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus for a free Sesquicentennial Concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.
According to Robert Bowden, musical director of the groups, the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus exist "to use their talents to get to the hearts of the people who listen." The upcoming concert, with its varied group of outstanding soloists, should appeal to a broad range of interests. The 100-piece orchestra will be joined by the following guests artists:George Dyer, tenor - A popular soloist in Utah operatic and concert performances, Dyer debuted last year with the New York City Opera. He is a product of Utah Opera's Young Artists Program and will perform with the Utah Opera this season. He will be joined by the men of the Mormon Youth Chorus.
Marvin Goldstein, pianist and arranger - Goldstein has studied and performed in Israel, Australia and the United States. Since his conversion to the LDS faith in 1985, he has become known for his piano arrangements of LDS songs. For the past three years the LDS Booksellers Association has awarded him the Listener's Choice Award as favorite instrumentalist. He will perform several of his arrangements.
Jenny Oaks, violin - Once a member of the Mormon Youth Symphony, Oaks has gone on to graduate from Curtis Institute of Music and to pursue graduate studies at Juilliard School. She has soloed with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Utah Symphony, and has won prizes in international competition. The fiery Carmen Fantasy by Bizet, in an arrangement by Sarasate, will comprise her performance.
Ariel Bybee, mezzo-soprano - After being discovered by Maurice Abravanel of the Utah Symphony, Bybee became a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera, and has sung there for 18 consecutive seasons. Utah audiences have heard her in performances with Utah Opera Company and the Utah Symphony. She will sing works from opera and musical theater.
Roger Drinkall, cello - For the past 20 years Drinkall has served as an artistic ambassador for the U.S. State Department, performing in 35 countries. A winner of many prestigious awards, he currently teaches at Brigham Young University. He will play the Hebrew-inspired Kol Nidrei by Bruch.
Dian Baker, piano - Baker has performed all over the world as an artistic ambassador with her husband, Roger Drinkall. She has recorded extensively and is currently on the piano faculty at Brigham Young University. Her performance of Mozart's Concerto No. 1 in D major will feature the original cadenzas, which have been recently discovered.
Brian Bowman, euphonium - One of the foremost euphonium soloists in the world today, Bowman gave the first euphonium recital in New York's Carnegie Hall. He has performed with top professional organizations worldwide, and though the euphonium (or baritone horn) is not well-known as a solo instrument, he often "steals the show." He will play works by Mantia and Clarke.
Robert Peterson, baritone - This actor and singer needs no introduction to Utah audiences; he is already a favorite. After a successful New York career which included a stint as Robert Goulet's replacement in the Broadway production of Camelot, Peterson returned to Utah where he has appeared in countless stage productions, including more than 60 at Pioneer Theater Company. He will sing the "Soliloquy" from Carousel and "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof.
The Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus with guest artists will perform Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, at 8 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Doors open at 7 p.m. No tickets are required, but admission is limited to those 8 and older.