Having existed in one form or another for more than 100 years in Cedar City and Southern Utah, the Orchestra of Southern Utah is an integral part of the history of Cedar City. They are continuing their involvement this year with an entire slew of concerts planned, as well as their 77th production of Handel’s “Messiah.” The orchestra is composed of a mixture of professional and amateur musicians, and they often work with other groups.
Their concert series this year is called “Phenomenal Festivals.” It will start with the Parowan High School Wind Symphony directed by Trevor Walker assisting the Orchestra of Southern Utah with Maestro Xun Sun directing the evening. It will be Oct. 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and opens at the Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for students, with groups up to six people for $40.
The next concert is “Magical Mozart” on Nov. 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Center Theater, and will feature “The Overture to the Marriage of Figaro,” alongside others of Mozart’s great works. Ryan Murphy will be guest conducting Mozart’s Requiem. He is the associate director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
On Dec. 10 and 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Heritage Center Theater, the Orchestra of Southern Utah will be performing Handel’s “Messiah.” Tickets can be picked up at the Heritage Theater starting Nov. 1. Tickets are required to reserve a seat, but they will be free because of donations from the State Bank of Southern Utah and the Leavitt Group.
The “World Wonders” concert at the Heritage Center Theater will be on Feb. 22, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be a world-tour-esque concert featuring music from all corners of the globe, including Australia, Egypt, India, Brazil and China.
The last concert in the 2017-2018 season will be “Glorious Galaxies” on Apr. 12, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center Theater. It will be a production featuring the “Planets” by Holst, with the Aerial Acrobatic dancers dancing along to the music.