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Meteorologist to display prowess at music meters

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The man who points out storms on Ch. 2's early morning news show is equally adept at pointing out staccatos.

This year's Days of '47 Pops Concert in Abravanel Hall on July 9 at 8 p.m. will feature the Choral Arts Society of Utah under the baton of meteorologist Sterling Poulson.Poulson trained under local conductor and composer Jay Welch as associate conductor of the Jay Welch Chorale for 11 years. "I have a high respect for the man," said Poulson, "Everything I learned about conducting, I learned from him."

Accompanied by an orchestra of union musicians, the choir will sing patriotic numbers, American folk songs - including "Cindy," arranged by local composer Mack Wilberg - and show tunes, including a medley from "Show Boat" with Poulson's wife, Kayleen, as soloist.

The concert also features American Indian flute virtuoso Douglas Spotted Eagle and LDS recording artists "The Goodman Family," who will sing their popular single "Pass it On" and two Kenneth Cope tunes.

A native of Tooele, Spotted Eagle has recorded 11 albums and is a leader in the world music field. He has performed with Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, David Arkenstone and Peter Buffet, and he's collaborated on film projects with Kevin Costner, Brian Keane and Robbie Robertson.

In addition to the choir, Poulson will lead the orchestra in John Phillip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis" and Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" and "Fanfare for the Common Man." Free tickets are available at Daynes Music, Abravanel Hall and the Capitol Theatre.