Utah’s pioneer ancestors loved music of all kinds, but especially opera. The Salt Lake Opera Company started in 1879 and the Walker Opera House is said to have rivaled the city’s main theater – the Salt Lake Theatre – until it burned down in 1891. Opera students will honor that early legacy by singing excerpts of “Carmen” in Utah’s largest parade next week and on Thursday, acclaimed mezzo-soprano Ariel Bybee and students will join us to talk about how opera transcends time and cultures.
- Ariel Bybee, University of Utah School of Music
- Daniel Tuutau, baritone
- Demaree Brown, mezzo-soprano
A production of a full-length dramatic musical written by two Utahns is headed to the Big Apple. “Shelter,” written by Brittany Bullen who also composed music with Newell Bullen, premiered last year at the Historic Murray Theatre and will be part of this year’s prestigious New York Musical Theater Festival for a 6-performance run. On Thursday, we’ll learn more about the “pop/rock musical about love, loss and starting over.”
- Brittany Bullen, writer/composer/actress
- Brighton Sloan, director
“Shelter” will be staged Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29 at the PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street, New York City as part of The 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
A special preview of “Shelter” will be tonight, Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Murray Theatre, 4995 South State St., Murray. Admission is free but, they will be accepting donations.
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