A message from our President

Dear Colleagues,
Please plan to attend Viola Day!!!!2014 on Saturday, March 22! All performances will be held at Dumke Recital Hall, University of Utah. Registration will be at the door, we are asking for a $5 fee. Students under 18 are encouraged to attend at no cost. In a separate email I will include a poster – please print and post wherever you can, and forward it to those you think would enjoy the event. We need your help in getting the word out. Encourage your students, friends, and family to come, let’s invite everyone into our “Viola Society”! Here is a schedule of events:

We will start at 3:00 with a meeting, please come early and be a part of this. Because of our change of relationship with the AVS, there is a certain amount of reorganizing that needs to be done. I think we have some good ideas, but in order to have a society which can serve and inspire our members, we need input from each one of you.

At 4:00 Dr. Claudine Bigelow will be presenting her fascinating project on Bela Bartok and his 44 duos. She has been able to use Bartok’s own historic field recordings, pairing Bartok’s compositions with their inspiration from folk sources. The presentation will include live performances with the aid Utah Symphony violist Julie Edwards.

Claudine has produced a CD from this project, and at 5:00 we will host a CD release party and pizza dinner for all attendees. This is our chance to all get together – it should be a lot of fun, and a good chance to support a worthwhile creative endeavor!

The Utah Viola Society Recital will begin at 6:00, featuring solo and sonata performances from many of your friends and colleagues. This will be a full-length recital with intermission. Afterward, we will take a short break and finish with the Viola Ensemble Concert, with groups from the Utah Symphony Viola Section, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, and the several of the area universities.

Hope to see you all there,

Bradley Ottesen
Violist, Fry Street Quartet
Faculty, Caine College of the Arts
Utah State University

2 thoughts on “A message from our President

  1. Rumor has it there will be a sighting (and sounding) of a viola d’amore at this event too!


    Looking forward to the weekend!

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