2019 Commissioned Works

2019 Commissioned Works

Now premiering on a stage near you! A creative catalyst since 1990, the Utah Arts Festival’s annual commissions demonstrate a distinguished history of supporting new work to encourage original performance art for all.

Chamber Ensemble Commission

"Gramarye" by Sid Richardson

Sat, June 22, 4PM, Library Auditorium

sm Sid Richardson chamberGramarye explores the interstices between music and language. Today, grammar is generally regarded as a ubiquitous study instilled in us from a young age in school. In the Middle Ages, however, knowledge of grammar was scarce enough to be considered a form of sorcery by the layman. Gramarye presents many variations of the opening harmonic material in varying textures that are each controlled by unique sound grammars.

Composer Sid Richardson writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and cerebral wit. His work explores the intersections of music and literature, drawing inspiration from the works of such writers as Beckett and Chaucer to create a style that focuses on harmony and timbre.

Jazz Commission

"Salt Flats... (And Sharps)" by Jay Lawrence

Fri, June 21, 7:45PM, Festival Stage

sm Jay Lawrence jazzThis composition is a tip of the hat to the vast, amazingly flat, capacious desert area west of Salt Lake. It is intended to capture the rhapsodic delight of an anticipated road trip replete with an unfettered freedom, snacks, loved ones and naturally one's favorite music.

Jay Lawrence has had a very diverse career as a performing and recording artist, composer, arranger, educator, clinician, adjudicator, band leader, contractor and author. He is the percussionist for the MT Pit Orchestra, co-owns the Jazz Hang record label with colleague Ray Smith, and is the drummer for the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra.

Dance Commission

RUUDDANCES with Ballet West Academy

Fri, June 21, 5:45PM, Festival Stage

sm Joshua Whitehead ballet 2sm Katlyn Addison ballet 1

For the first time ever we will commission TWO new works by local Utah Artists: Katlyn Addison and Joshua Whitehead.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Katlyn started her professional training at the age of ten with the National Ballet School of Canada. Previously a Corps de Ballet member with Houston Ballet, Katlyn is now a First Soloist with Ballet West where she has danced since 2011. Joshua Whitehead started his training at Academy de Ballet under the supervision of Arnora Hummel.  Joshua is currently a demi soloist with Salt Lake City's Elite Ballet Company, Ballet West.

In between those two wonderful works will be “Lark Ascending" a piece of classic and stunning choreography by former Ballet West Director Bruce Marks performed by the Trainee Division of the Ballet West Academy. As a special treat “Lark Ascending” will be performed to the LIVE music of the Gifted Music School.


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