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Start a new family holiday tradition of music at the U

School of Music students and faculty invite the community to their three holiday concerts: Amahl and the Night Visitors, a special piano Sundays@7 Faculty Showcase, and the annual holiday choirs concert.

On December 7th, the Salt Lake Symphony, conducted by Robert Baldwin, collaborates with the school’s Lyric Opera Ensemble to present a concert featuring Menotti’s much loved one-act opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.

The production is made possible thanks to the generosity of Zions Bank, Salt Lake Symphony, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, & Parks Program.

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This heart-warming opera tells the story of a disabled boy whose meeting of the Three Kings on their journey to visit the Christ child forever alters his life. The Salt Lake Symphony also shares favorite Christmas carols and a visit from The Grinch, Frosty and Rudolph ensures an engaging evening for the young and young at heart.

The following night, December 8th, our award-winning piano faculty join the Piano Preparatory Division faculty and the sensational Ladies in Red for a Sundays@7 Showcase, Holiday Piano Favorites. Enjoyable for the entire family, this concert is free to the general public.

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The program features familiar, short pieces, both soloists and piano ensembles, as well as a star performance by school children from the Piano Outreach Program at Backman, Newman and Washington elementary schools. Refreshments follow the concert in the Bastian Atrium.

The U of U choirs offer two evenings of carols, both treasured and new, on December 13 and 14. Festively decorated Libby Gardner Concert Hall resounds with the beautiful voices of the Chamber Choir and the A Cappella Choir, directed by Barlow Bradford, and the Women’s Choir, directed by Jessica Nápoles.

Choruses from Handel’s Messiah and new arrangements of traditional favorites hallmark this not-to-be missed annual event.

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Last Updated: 3/22/23