AMERICAN FORK — Sally Peterson Brinton, Miss Utah 1992 and a Juilliard School graduate in music, thinks the opportunity to perform as a soloist in the upcoming American Fork Symphony "Mostly Movies" concert is wonderful.
She's well acquainted with the Utah County group.
"Both of my daughters have performed with the American Fork Symphony, so I have had some experience with them," Brinton said. "They were looking for someone to play Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto, so I agreed. I'll be playing 'Rhapsody in Blue' for this concert."
Brinton and her daughters performed at Provo's First Night event and recently performed in Italy at the Amalfi Coast Mulsic Festival and in Cairo, Egypt.
"I really think that it's wonderful that the American Fork Symphony involves artists and young people. The Young Artist Competition gives many, many young artists opportunities they might not otherwise have."
David Griffith will also appear as a solo violinist playing a song he first heard on the radio and loved immediately, "Romance" by Max Bruch.
"I talked to Dr. Hill and played him about eight bars and he said "Let's do it,' " Griffith said.
Griffith has been playing with the orchestra for seven years as the principal violist and is excited about sharing a program with Brinton.
"I can't wait to see what she does with 'Rhapsody in Blue,' " he said.
Terry Hill, recently retired from Utah Valley State College where he was the director of orchestral studies, conducts the orchestra, commuting on a regular basis from Las Vegas to attend rehearsals and performances.
He is also the director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony.
The 70 members of the symphony come from all over the Utah County area.
If you go
What: "Mostly Movies" concert
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27
Where: American Fork High School, 510 N. 600 East
Cost: $3 donation