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A ‘Noteworthy’ Christmas present suggestion
by Mary Anne Andersen Cedar City Arts Council
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Social science has taken to pointing out that people are happier with experiences than with material objects. While a new outfit, a new car, a new piece of technology undeniably cause feelings of satisfaction and pleasure, the novelty soon wears off. Not so with experience.

A trip, for instance, supplies happiness and excitement over an extended period of time. What with planning and anticipation, the travel days themselves, and the sharing of common memories afterward, a family outing can provide bonding that lasts for months or years. Our family always chooses adventure over things when deciding how to spend our financial and energy resources.

But you don’t have to leave town to create a shared memory with friends or family. Sometimes a single evening can bond participants and provide topics of discussion for weeks.

Here’s a great opportunity for just such shared experience: the well-known singing group Noteworthy will be performing in Cedar City on Jan. 21 at our Heritage Theater at 7 p.m. Chances are your YouTube-savvy youth are already familiar with the Noteworthy video “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)”, released a little over a year ago. It garnered over three million views within two weeks of its release. You might have seen it yourself; think of those beautiful young women standing and singing in the river.

Noteworthy is an a cappella singing ensemble of nine creative, spirited young women who perform a variety of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, R&B, and spiritual. And are you familiar with the beat box? This is a way of mimicking instrumentation using the voice and a microphone. You’ll find yourself looking for the source of that sound you’re hearing. Where is the drum?

This group, founded in 2003, was invited by NBC to perform in its TV show The Sing-Off. In 2007, Noteworthy won first place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, held at Lincoln Center in New York City. In 2014, Noteworthy became a part of BYU’s stable of performing organizations under the direction of Keith Evans.

The women have sung recently in St. George where I heard them and immediately understood their popularity. The level of performance is high and tasteful. They sing without accompaniment in tight harmony and appropriate stylistic presentation. And did I mention they are beautiful? Maybe that is an item on the audition form.

Suggestion: tickets to hear this group would make great Christmas presents. They range from $15 to $10 and are available online at; paper tickets are available at Bradshaw Chevrolet or for large paper orders at 435-477-2104. Admission may also be purchased at the door. The proceeds will go toward funding scholarships for Iron County BYU students. Do your kids really need another phone cover or pair of earrings? The price is so reasonable that the whole family could go and create common memories. And you will be showing your young people what classy, appropriate talent can look like.

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