By Mary Anne Andersen
Cedar City Arts Council
Although I can hardly stand to say it, you need to start thinking that the summer is coming to a close and there are some things you need to do before you get too caught up in first-of-the-year activities. (I mean September first, of course. Everyone who has ever gone to school knows that September is the real beginning of a new year. In our family, we all have back-to-school dreams, sometimes happy, sometimes scary scenarios about things that happen during the first week.)
First of all, make sure you get those season tickets to the Cedar City Music Arts season. You have been hearing about those great concerts that you can attend for only $17 a concert when you buy a season ticket. You know that fabulous British singing group the King Singers, guests of the Tabernacle Choir and sell-out artists wherever they perform? Well, they’re not coming, but the Queen’s Six is. They are of the same style of almost unbelievably precise a cappella singing in all vocal styles, coupled with wit and charm. I can be pretty crabby about vocalists if they’re not really good, and I’m telling you, these guys are really good. And everybody likes a Big Band sound, even my teen-age grandchildren (speaking of crabby). In this case, that means the Glenn Miller Band, remember. They’ll be here, too. So get those tickets before you forget again.
Aug. 31 is the deadline for the applications for this term’s mini-grants from the Cedar City Arts Council. Again, how could you not know about these? These monetary grants for up to $500 are awarded to artists of all genres who live in Iron County who wish to upgrade or jump start or present their art. After 10 years of grants, the CCAC has boosted such local arts groups as the Iron County Acoustic Music Association, the Red Rock Film Festival, and the Southern Utah Space Foundation. We love theater (All the World’s a Stage), bluegrass (Marty Warburton), and choirs (the Red Rock Singers). We really love to support the individual who just wants to be better at what he/she does: Nathan Washburn, Brian DeMille, Debra Stillman. You recognize some of these names because a crucial component of the application stresses the grantee’s desire and ability to give back to the community, so you’ve seen them around. There are guidelines that stress this sharing aspect, so go to the CCAC website and find out if you could qualify.
Finally, don’t let this year’s Utah Shakespeare Festival’s season close without seeing Brian Vaughn in An Iliad. For over an hour and a half, Brian is the doomed poet, fated to tell his story about war over and over again to a world that apparently doesn’t listen. With a only a viola-playing muse, Brian is alone, a piece of theater that just took my breath away. You have until October, but if you miss this, you will miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience.