Music faculty dedicates recital to former colleague

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CEDAR CITY — In memory of former music department member Shane Summers, the faculty of Southern Utah University’s Department of Music will perform Monday in a recital titled “Soirée” at the new Southern Utah Museum of Art.

This stirring concert will feature many faculty performers and the various instruments they have mastered. Included in the performances will be Carol Ann Modesitt, soprano; Virginia Stitt, English horn; Lawrence Johnson, tenor; Christian Bohnenstengel, piano; Lynn Vartan, chimes; Adam Lambert, trumpet; Krystal McCoy, soprano; and Canès Nicolas, violin.

Two of the department’s collaborative pianists – Tracey Bradshaw and Rebecca Curtis – will accompany soloists, as well as perform piano solos and duets.

Musical numbers have been selected to highlight many influential composers. These include Claude Debussy, Ottorino Respighi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazolla, Arthur Jarvinen and Southern Utah University’s very own resident composer and department chairman, Keith Bradshaw.

“This year’s faculty recital will be of special note,” Lawrence Johnson, associate professor of music, said. “We are dedicating this performance to the memory of our colleague and dear friend, Shane Summers, whom we suddenly lost this past August. There will be music specifically written for and also dedicated to Shane, as well as a short video presentation.”

Students, faculty, and community members can take this time to remember Summers’ life and the deep impact that he had on the university and community.

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Southern Utah University Department of Music website.

About the Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts

According to a press release from Southern Utah University, the College of Performing and Visual Arts is composed of nationally accredited departments of art and design, music, theatre arts and dance, as well as graduate programs in arts administration and music and a center for Shakespeare studies.

More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Over 1,100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The college presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations and exhibitions each year. Affiliate organizations include the Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Shakespeare Festival and SUU’s Ballroom Dance Company. For more information, go to the College of Performing and Visual Arts website.

Event details

  • What: “Soirée” recital presented by the Southern Utah University Department of Music faculty.
  • When: Monday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 S. 300 West, Cedar City.
  • Admission: Free.
  • For more information, visit the Southern Utah University Department of Music website.

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3 Comments

  • .... October 3, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Of course we will be there to pay our sincere respect, this will be a wonderful gathering of people for a celebration of a loved one that has touched so many people in a loving and caring way.

  • .... October 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    The family and I are so thrilled to be there to pay tribute to this wonderful loving human being and able to share this gathering with friends and loved ones

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