Sterling Poulson, music director for the Days of '47 Pops Concert (and KUTV weatherman), says there is a wide range of talent in Utah that needs to be tapped.

"My goal is to use these local artists in bringing fun and tradition to their friends and families," Poulson said. "It's one of the rewards of putting this event together."

Poulson, who took over the Pops Orchestra in 1997 after the death of Eugene Jelesnik, said that this year's concert will feature an array of music — including bluegrass. "We booked Mike Iverson and the Blue Sage Trio to give the concert some variety. We were introduced to this group by people who knew of them. And we thought it would be great to have them play. Besides, there are a lot of people who like the banjo."

Jai-Da was introduced to Poulson during the KUTV 2News Star Search competition last February. "We had a little fun over here at the station with our own little talent search show. The competition went on for four weeks and the group emerged as the winner. So I asked if they wanted to be part of the concert."

Another KUTV link with the concert is weekend anchor Christianne Klein. "All the time I worked with her, I had no idea that Christianne could sing," Poulson said. "But I heard her singing one day and asked her about it."

It turned out that Klein had been involved in many musicals around Utah, including "Evita," "Pippin," "The Music Man" and "Cabaret." "I asked her to sing in the concert," Poulson said. "She said, 'Yes.' "

Also performing will be George Dyer, a popular Utah tenor. "He'll be singing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning' and the Andre Bocelli song 'Time to Say Goodbye,' " said Poulson. "It's going to be a good, fun show."


If you go

What: Days of '47 Pops Concert

Where: Abravanel Hall

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

How much: Free


E-MAIL: scott@desnews.com