Jack Ashton brings his Young Artists Chamber Players to Cedar City for a joint concert with Suzuki Strings on Saturday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 70 N. 200 W. The public is invited to this free performance.
The YACP group represents top achieving string students from the Salt Lake area under the direction of Ashton, retired from the Utah Symphony. He has a lifetime of performance and teaching with a strong impact on raising the quality of string playing in Utah. “It is exciting for our local students to work with this legendary violinist,” said Sara Penny, Suzuki Strings Director.
YACP will present Solitude on the Mountain by Ole Bull, a portion of Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky as well as music by Telemann and Mendelssohn. Suzuki Strings Cedar City will play Red Wing and Aunt Rhody Variations. The groups combine for Fiddle Faddle by LeRoy Anderson made famous by the Boston Pops and Andante Festivo by Sibelius.
This annual spring concert is a gift to local residents. Ashton likes the acoustical excellence of the St. Jude’s sanctuary with the inverted ark. Several of the Suzuki Strings students played with the Piano Guys earlier this year and Steven Sharp Nelson first started coming to Cedar City as a part of the YACP group as a teenager. “It is exciting to see the accomplishments of the students who work with Jack Ashton and we look forward to sharing music with this group,” said Penny. For more information: http://suzukistringscedar.blogspot.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.