r The annual concert by the Utah Vocal Arts Academy will be at the Springville Museum of Art in the Grand Gallery on Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. This is a greatly anticipated free event and will fill your hearts and souls with exquisite music!
As part of UVAA’s 2018 Summer Opera Festival, they will present a showcase of opera scenes from dramatic repertoire, lightly staged by Juan Pereira. The seven singers were selected from all over the US to participate in our Dramatic Voices Program. They include Samantha Nahra, Catherine Raible, Adam Herskowitz, Kristen Walker, Christopher Holmes, and Camilla Mikat. Audiences will enjoy the music of Verdi, Puccini, Weber, Weill, Ponchielli, and Bellini, with BYU piano faculty member, Jared Pierce on the piano.
UVAA will also present full productions of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Timpview High School auditorium on July 26-28, and a variety of concerts throughout July in Utah County. Please visit www.utahvocalartsacademy.com for ticketing and general information.
The Principal Artist Program of the UVAA provides advanced college and emerging professional singers with the opportunity to perform featured roles in a fully staged opera with orchestra, while exploring and refining language, acting and stylistic skills. Each singer participates in master classes with incredible guest artists such as international superstars Deborah Voigt, Frank Lopardo, and Wendy Bryn Harmer.
Metropolitan opera character tenor, Anthony Laciura, one of the most celebrated operatic singer/actors will stage direct Ariadne auf Naxos (sung in German with English super-titles) while UVAA founder Isaac Hurtado will direct Cosi fan Tutte (sung in Italian with English super-titles). Italian maestro, Nicolas Giusti will conduct the ULO orchestra in both productions.
The Springville Arts Commission Sunday Concert Series starts their 2018-2019 series on August 19, 2018, at the Springville Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. featuring Rex Kocherhans who has been a featured soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Utah Baroque Ensemble, and BYU Singers. Rex is a founding member of the nationally renowned quartet Reprise, which won the Gold Medal at the international collegiate barbershop competition and has shared the stage with the King’s Singers. He performed in Europe, West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East with the BYU Singers. Rex is founder and Artistic Director of Consortium and Deseret Chamber Singers, chamber ensembles based in Salt Lake City. His voice can be heard on numerous commercial recording projects.