r The Springville Arts Commission presents the Red Desert Ramblers on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Springville Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. The Sunday Concert Series is on the third Sunday of each month except June, July and December, and features excellent local artists and a wide variety of genres and is free to the public.
The Red Desert Ramblers play Bluegrass, Classic Country and Swing music blending harmonies with smoking instrumental breaks. The Salt Lake Tribune says “when it comes to locally produced bluegrass bands, it’s hard to do better.”
They have been honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association by being the first Utah Band (and Sharon is the first hammered dulcimer player) to EVER be hired for an IBMA performance and were the only bluegrass band featured at the Mountain West Conference of the Arts. Members have won several awards including Sharon as best Utah dulcimer player and Rick Martinez as best banjo player for IAMA. They are a regional band with national recognition and members hail from Salt Lake, and Summit counties representing the best of Utah.
Sharon Mitchell is the band Leader/Manager and has played hammered dulcimer since 1989. In addition to Red Desert Ramblers, she also plays with the Public Domain String Band and The American Irish Duo. Sharon runs the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) Local Concert Series. She is the “roots and branches” of the band adding both an old-time flavor, and a unique progressive twist.
The annual Utah Valley Hand Bell Choir concert will be on Sunday, December 10th at 4:30 p.m. at the Museum. No tickets are needed as it is first come, first served. Come early in order to get a seat as this is a hugely popular concert!
The choir was formed in 1993 by director Karen Eskew-Wyllie and is a volunteer performing handbell choir whose members share one thing in common: the love of handbells and the music they produce. The group practices together weekly with the goal of performing the highest quality handbell music possible and sharing their incredible sound with people everywhere. There are 56 bells cast in bronze or aluminum, each tuned to a single note. When rung together, they produce melodies full of rich overtones. Sacred, as well as popular songs, are part of the repertoire.