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Creative Legacy Concert

An Evening of Enchantment with a
World Premiere, A Science Soloist, and Rachmaninoff

The Orchestra of Southern Utah presents Creative Legacy on February 23 at 7:30 p.m in the Heritage Theater, Cedar City. The concert includes the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff, the William Tell Overture by Rossini, and the world premiere of the OSU commissioned Valley of Enchantment by Mark Dal Porto. The concert is sponsored by the Charles and Gloria Maxfield Parrish Foundation.

Musically Speaking with Dr. Nicki Frey and composer Mark Dal Porto begins at 6:15 in the back of the theater. Dr. Frey will be discussing the challenges and importance of preserving the scenic wonders that have inspired the world premiere of Valley of Enchantment. Mark Dal Porto will talk about his composition in detail.

The virtuostic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff features talented guest pianist Christian Bohnenstengel. The piece, created for a solo piano accompanied by symphony orchestra, has delighted audiences with its challenging exhibition of technical precision on the part of the pianist. The guest pianist teaches at SUU, directs the annual “Monster Piano Concerto” for area students, and performs in jazz ensembles as well as many classical music engagements. Adam Lambert directs the piece.

The familiar and dramatic William Tell Overture by Rossini presents a unique multifaceted performance with guest scientist Brandon Wiggins performing science experiments alongside live music. The piece is recognizable as the theme from The Lone Ranger series. It begins with a cello choir at dawn and progresses through a thunderstorm, celebration, and gallop of Swiss soldiers. Carylee Zwang directs.

After finding inspiration in the splendor and majesty of the Southern Utah landscape, Mark Dal Porto composed Valley of Enchantment. The symphonic tone poem is structured in ten sections, each named for the natural scenery it conveys. Danielle Dubrasky’s poetry is combined with a visual presentation produced by Charles Shirley that adds beautiful imagery to complement each section. Local photographers have contributed stunning visual art for this performance. The piece is directed by Xun Sun.

Tickets are available at the Cedar City Heritage Theater Box Office by calling 435-865-2882 or online at Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for groups up to 6. Because evening concerts are recorded, it is requested that babies and children under the age of six not attend. Children over the age of six are welcome at all OSU concerts with adult supervision. For more information, please, call the Orchestra of Southern Utah at (435) 233-8213, or email

Musically Speaking (pre-concert) with Dr. Nicki Frey and Dr. Mark Dal Porto at 6:15 p.m.
“This program  has received funding from Utah Humanities (UH). UH empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.”

Concert at 7:30 p.m.


Photos and report on A Joyful Noise Instrument Drive at


For more information: Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager, 435-238-8213

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