At the invitation of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Lucas Darger will serve as the guest conductor this fall, opening the Symphony’s 36th season on Oct. 27 at the Cox Performing Arts Center. Appropriate for the time of year, the theme of the concert is “Opus Pocus: A Halloween Spooktacular,” and will feature the St. GeorgeDance Company under the direction of Summer Belnap Robertson, as well as the Hurricane High School Orchestra conducted by Debbie Thornton. Beginning his conducting career when he was 16 with the All-City Children’s Orchestra in Salt Lake City, Darger has gone on to conduct orchestras across the nation, including the South Texas Youth Symphony, the Lincoln Youth Symphony, the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra, the University of Iowa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the All-University String Orchestra. Darger earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied with. William LaRue Jones, named by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “one of the most active and versatile symphonic conductors in America today.”
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Performances are held at the Cox Performing Arts Center on the campus of Dixie State University 325 S 700 East St. George, UT 84770 (unless stated otherwise)
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2016-2017 SEASON MANY SOUNDS - ONE VOICE
Handel's Messiah with the Messiah Chorale Messiah, a life-long Southern Utah tradition, sets the mood for the season's festivities. Savor the brilliance of this inspirational masterpiece. 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Performing Arts Center. Sunday, December 4 and Monday, December 5, 2016 This is a FREE concert for the public.
Youth Concerto Classic The 2017 Youth Concerto Classic continues the tradition of showcasing first-rate young musicians from our area. These dedicated, delightful prodigies demonstrate music education at its best and singularly produce a magnificent explosion of sounds. 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Performing Arts Center. Friday, March 3, 2017
Lamb of God: An Easter Oratorio Composed by Rob Gardner, this stirring oratorio features events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and blends the singing of LietoVoices! with the music of the Southwest Symphony. A divine, awe-inspiring masterpiece! 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Performing Arts Center. April 14, 2017
The Resplendent Sound of Captivating Pops with Kurt Bestor The Symphony offers vibrant, mesmerizing sounds of classical and modern favorites. 7:30 p.m. at the Cox Performing Arts Center. Friday, May 19, 2017
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