Series features 20th Century music



    January’s Temple Square Concert Series features 20th century piano and cello compositions, works by Mozart and Strauss, chamber works for violin and piano and compositions from Chopin and Liszt.

    The concerts are performed in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, and begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

    Jeff Manookian, a local pianist, will perform with cellist Peter Case on Jan. 24. The duo will present an evening of cello and piano pieces written by 20th century composers.

    Case is currently the principal cellist for Ballet West and Manookian is a music critic for “The Salt Lake Tribune.”

    The Salt Lake Symphony, under the direction of Robert Debbaut, will perform “Evening in Vienna” on Jan. 26 and 27. They will present works by W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss.

    On Jan. 30, David Park and Andrew Iverson will present an evening of chamber works for violin and piano. Park has appeared as a soloist in many cities throughout Europe, the United States and Korea. Park and Iverson will perform pieces written by Grieg and Beethoven, as well as a variety of other composers.

    Endre Hegedus, a pianist from Hungary, will perform works by Chopin and Liszt on Jan. 31. Hegedus regularly tours eastern and western Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan.

    Michelle Drais, a junior at BYU from Ely, Nevada, majoring in elementary education and early childhood development, said she frequently attends these concerts because they are free and are quality performances.

    “I have grown up attending the concert series in Salt Lake and have seen several outstanding performances,” Drais said. “I particularly enjoy concerts featuring people on tour from foreign countries.”

    “Going to Temple Square gives people a chance to hear quality musical performances, as well as learn a bit about our church and what we stand for,” she said.

    “Many students are required to attend a number of concerts throughout the semester and these concerts are a great way to find variety and fill the requirements for their classes,” Drais said.

    Additional information about the Temple Square Concert Series is available by calling (801)240-3323.

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