Music, Society

Critic Praises Young Artists Concert

Eight young musicians guest-starred with the Utah Valley Symphony Wednesday night at the Provo Tabernacle in the annual Youth Artists Concert – and if applause was an accurace indicator, concert-goers loved what they heard. Conductor Ralph Laycock first directed the symphony in Robert Washburn’s “Festival Overture,” In captivating contemporary number with tricky rhythms and strong thematic passages. Then the symphony… Continue reading Critic Praises Young Artists Concert

BYU, Holidays, Humorous, Music

‘April Fool’s Concert’ Gets Roaring Approval Of Capacity Audience

Friday night the people of Provo were treated to an evening of musical whimsey and delight at the “sometimes annual” April Fool’s Concert held in the de Jong Concert Hall. It was staged in memory of “P. D. Q. Bach (1807-1742),” an alleged member of the musical Bach clan, by Dr. David Dalton, his colleagues,… Continue reading ‘April Fool’s Concert’ Gets Roaring Approval Of Capacity Audience

History, Holidays, Music, Patriotic, Provo History, Society

Pioneer Day in Utah – ‘Oh Beautiful for Pilgrim Feet

Oh beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassioned stress A thoroughfare of freedom beat Across the wilderness These words from the second stanza of Katherine Lee Bates’ patriotic song “America the Beautiful” seem to catch the pulse and beat and spirit of the pioneers of this country’s frontiers. Miss Bates, a native of Massachusetts and late… Continue reading Pioneer Day in Utah – ‘Oh Beautiful for Pilgrim Feet

Biographical, BYU, Humorous, Includes Story From Life of NLC, Music, Provo History

The Show Must Go On – And Did In Spite of Virtuoso’s Toothache

Concert-goers attending the Utah Valley Symphony spring concert last week heard Henri Temianka, internationally-known violinist, perform as featured soloist. But very few could have known of a little post-concert drama that took place at midnight with Mr. Temianka and Dr. Willard V. Loveridge, president of the symphony, as star performers. Here’s a hint: The violinist -despite… Continue reading The Show Must Go On – And Did In Spite of Virtuoso’s Toothache

Biographical, History, Music, Patriotic, Uncategorized, War

Origin of Sweet, Sad Taps Sound

The sweet but sad bugle call known as Taps employs only four separate notes and there are only 24 notes in the entire composition – but its plaintive strains continue to tug at heartstrings after 122 years. Taps is sounded at patriotic Veterans and Memorial Day services and at flag-lowering and “lights out” ceremonies in… Continue reading Origin of Sweet, Sad Taps Sound