By Mary Anne Andersen
Cedar City Arts Council
What if you were told that you could see world-class performers for a ticket price of $17 per concert? You should ask who, where, when, and then say, “Sign me up.” Both things—-world class and $17—-are true in Cedar City for the 2018-2019 Cedar City Music Arts series.
Cedar City Music Arts has been bringing great musical artists to Cedar City for ninety years. Each season the board literally looks globally to bring the best available artists here to our beautiful Heritage Theater. For example, the program this year features The Queen’s Six from Windsor, England. They were participants in the spring wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan in London, and will bring their vocal expertise to us in October. Again from across the waters, Scotland, the Maxwell String Quartet will perform a repertoire that goes beyond typical chamber music content. They include folk music and more contemporary works in a recital that will have something for everyone.
From Russia, the Moscow Ballet will perform a return performance of The Nutcracker Ballet in December, a great time for grandparents to buy tickets for their grandchildren, who may remember it from last year. The glorious music of the Russian composer Tchaikovsky never gets old. Then, in February, the lovely Asian-American violinist Linda Wang, once an acclaimed child prodigy, will be on stage.
How is all that for a diverse, global buffet offered to us here in little Cedar City? Rounding those performances will be two great American organizations: the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, both of whom are known beyond our national borders. Appearing with the Glenn Miller Band will be The Diamonds, a classic fifties vocal group that was a crowd favorite at their last appearance here.
The season is global and diverse, with something for everyone from sleepy Grandpa, who will love the Glenn Miller Band, to the young aspiring ballerina, who loves to see the Sugarplum Fairy dance.
Here is the second amazing part of this story: when you purchase a season ticket for $100, each concert costs less than $17. Of course, you may pick and choose, buying just single performance tickets for $30, but then you pay for three concerts when you might have had six for about the same price. Here is what I suggest: buy two season tickets for you and a companion, and then buy single seats to match the individual interests of each family member. (Iron County students pay just $15 per performance.) Then you are assured of your own seats at such a reasonable price and can bring others as their interests dictate. You have to admit that is a great deal to be entertained in such a classy manner.
Look for the CCMA article in this paper to see ticket-buying information.