Ali Snow

Arts Reporter

After a year-long performing stint in Milan, Italy, Ali  graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance at Utah State University in May 2014.

Forever a closet poet and journal writer, she decided to take the plunge and explore different mediums, with public radio finding a special place in her heart. To her, there has been nothing more satisfying than combining her two loves: music and writing. She is currently working as a freelance Arts and Culture reporter with UPR, as well as continuing performing and teaching as a collaborative and chamber pianist.

This December she will be applying to graduate school to pursue a masters degree in journalism, in attempts to satisfy her insatiable appetite for learning.

A child with a walker dressed in a Batman costume on a blue background with stars.
Kelly Smith

Thomas Jones is 22 years old, a budding composer and an opera connoisseur. His parents, Sean and Joanne, said he has listened to opera on Saturdays since he was old enough to turn the dial on the radio.

“You can sing him three or four measures of an aria and he can probably tell you what the aria is and which opera it was from and who wrote the opera. He knows his opera,” Joanne Jones said.

Photo of a family of four, reading scriptures together. The film won several awards, some of which are noted on the photo.
John Dehlin

In 2002 Caitlin Ryan founded the Family Acceptance Project, an organization which, in part, studies the impact of family acceptance or rejection on the health and well-being of LGBT youth. As part of Utah State University’s Research Week, Ryan has been invited to present her own research, which includes a short, yet powerful film entitled “Families Are Forever.” The film follows the journey of the Montgomerys, a Mormon family, as they struggled then learned to support their gay 13-year-old son Jordan.

The cover of the book: a picture of a cameo necklace on a black background with the title "Token Woman." Subtitle "knowledge gifts understanding which gifts unconditional love."
Bonnie Glee

Bonnie Glee’s latest novel “Token Woman” takes place in the 1980s amid the escalating AIDS epidemic. The story is about a suppressed and unhappy housewife who develops an unlikely friendship with three gay men.  Dealing with such themes as open-mindedness and unconditional love, Glee said the subject is timely and reflective of current events.

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In an attempt to infuse a little poetry into everyday life, the Utah Arts and Museums Literary Arts organization is re-launching their Bite-Size Poetry project. Each month the organization will release a short YouTube video featuring a distinguished Utah poet reciting about 60 seconds of original work.

Star Coulbrooke was February’s featured bite-size poet, reading “Sky’s the Limit.”

Audio Pending...

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The National Endowment for the Arts has been funded at the same rate for the past four years at $146 million. This may seem like quite a large sum, until you realize that the agency took a 40 percent cut from $176 million in 1992. It has never fully recovered.

Melia Tourangeau, the president and CEO of the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, was selected to offer testimony to the House Interior Appropriations Committee to stress the importance of increased federal funding.

“We asked for an additional allocation of about $9 million from where the funding is currently, knowing that you have to reach for the stars in order to try and maintain where we are right now,” Tourangeau said.


The Romantic painting "The Wanderer." A man from on top of a mountain looks on a misty sea.
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On Friday evening the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will celebrate its seventh season with an all-French concert program. They will present a night of choral masterpieces by French composers Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.

Craig Jessop, the founder and conductor of the American Festival Chorus, said this music is distinctively French in its sensitivity. The first piece on the program is Fauré’s “Requiem,” which Jessop described using such contrasting adjectives as haunting, serene and elevating.


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The organ at the First Presbyterian Church is the third largest in Cache Valley, just behind the organ at Utah State University and the Logan Tabernacle. It is also in dire need of restoration and repair.

Brandon Clayton has been the resident organist for the past three years at the First Presbyterian Church and is also a Temple Square guest organist.

“Some things that need to be done are voicing, the organ needs to be voiced for the room that it is in,” Clayton said.

He said that in the organ’s current state, performers are severely limited in what they can play.

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Megumi Sasaki, the director of the documentary “Herb and Dorothy 50x50,” first learned about the Vogels while on assignment at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

“I think that there were about seventy works exhibited there and they were all part of the Herbert and Dorothy Vogel collection,” Sasaki said. “I learned about Herb and Dorothy right there for the first time and I was totally shocked – in a good way.  I just could not believe that was a true story.”

The story is about a couple of humble means who had an insatiable appetite for collecting art. They lived in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City. Herbert Vogel worked as a postal worker and Dorothy Vogel worked as a librarian. They decided to live off of Dorothy’s salary and use all of Herbert’s salary to purchase artwork.

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Kari Schott

As the students from the Jordan High School Young Democrats set up their table in the middle of the common area, there was an air of nervous anticipation. This was their first big event as a club and it had already garnered enough attention to attract TV cameras to the scene.

They were holding what's being called a “gender equality bake sale” with the goal to highlight the issue of wage inequality between men and women. The cookies, artfully arranged on the table, were sold at 77 cents apiece for girls, and $1 for boys.

Their president and founder, Kari Schott, said the price of the cookies reflects the current relative earning power of the genders due to pay inequality.

“We mostly got good comments from it, but some people were a little outraged by it. They thought that we were being sexist, which we were, but that’s the point - to maybe start a conversation and make change," Schott said.


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The Campbell Organ Festival will present a concert Wednesday evening featuring English organist Stephen Cleobury, the music director at King’s College. You may recognize his playing from UPR’s annual Christmas Eve broadcast of the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” live from Cambridge, England.

He is in Logan this week and will be performing as well as conducting two Utah State University choirs at Wednesday’s concert. He’ll be playing on the recently renovated Holtkamp organ located in the Kent Concert Hall.

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Brain injury is sometimes called the silent epidemic because the symptoms aren't often obvious to the general public. Yet for many with brain injuries, each day is a struggle to keep afloat.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah works to increase awareness and provide support to those people whose lives have been devastated by the long-term effects of a brain injury.


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Weeks of rehearsal at the Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus will culminate in the organization’s highest profile concert yet. This sold-out event will feature arrangements and original compositions by Mack Wilberg with guest conductor Craig Jessop at the helm.

Jessop is the former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and current music director and conductor of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Logan. Both he and Wilberg grew up in rural Utah, Millville and Castledale respectively, and he said he thought it would be great to have an all-Utah concert in Vernal.

“You do not have to come from a large metropolitan area to achieve your dreams or be successful in any area,” Jessop said. “Here are two country-Utah boys coming to Vernal with their resources, doing this, I think very, very exciting concert.”


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Library of Congress

On Wednesday, the Utah Music Educators Association will rally in the Utah State Capitol rotunda during their annual “Day on the Hill.” Their goal: to meet with Utah lawmakers and draw attention to music educators and the important role they play in young students’ development.

“Most kids aren’t going to fall in love with calculus," said Michael Huff, the founding conductor of the Utah Voices. "But they fall in love with the process of being together, and music is one of the most broad and effective ways to get more students involved in some kind of a group, a collective activity that inspires them.”


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Last week acclaimed cowboy performer and songwriter Mary Kaye spent the morning doing educational outreach at Canyon Elementary School.

With 10 kids of her own, Kaye knows how to enthrall an audience of fifth graders with a genre of music many had never heard before that morning.

Many wonder, well, so what is Western music? Is it similar to Country?

Colonel Larry Lang conducts the Air Force Concert Band.
U.S. Air Force Band

In ancient times, the assembling of soldiers in military drills was accompanied, at the very least, by a drummer and a fife player. It played a very practical role in the movement of troops, providing a cadence and a beat to march to. These musicians were also responsible for improving the morale of the soldiers. Today, the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants represent the pinnacle of professionalism and musicality as they provide community outreach, and honor our veterans.

Colonel Larry Lang is the current commander and conductor of the United States Air Force Band.

The five resident artists of the Utah Opera are once again on the road. This week they’ve traveled to Duchesne County to introduce kids to the dazzling new world of opera. Mezzo-soprano Abi Levis says that they’ve had an incredible experience so far.

“That sense of wonder you get from an elementary school student when they hear you sing without a microphone for the first time … their little jaws just hit the floor. That sense of wonder is really nourishing for me and for my colleagues as artists. For us it is just exposing them to this. That’s all you need to just light that spark in them for the arts,” says Levis.


Side view of Lindsey Stiling, with violin in hand and a feather in her hair. Leaning up against a brick wall.
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Violinist, dancer, and self-proclaimed film nerd Lindsey Stirling is the subject of a new, two-part television series called Song by Song. She says this documentary will allow her fans to see a different side of her through the eyes of everyone she works with behind the scenes.

“I really hope that people draw the message of perseverance because I think anyone who is pursuing their dream or is passionate about something, we all have to face the ups and downs of the industry or just life. It talks about that in the documentary and the highs and lows of what I’ve experienced. In order to make it I feel like it takes people who are willing to persevere through the failures and pick themselves up and keep going. Those are the people that are able to find success.”


Pianist David Korevaar will be performing a recital this Saturday at the Fibonacci Fine Arts Center in St. George. As a professor of piano at the University of Colorado, Boudler, he considers teaching to carry the same amount of weight as his creative work.

The centerpiece of pianist David Korevaar’s program will be Schubert’s sonata in A major. A grand and symphonic work, the piece was written in the final year of the composer’s life. To complement the piece, Korevaar will also be performing Mozart’s sonata K. 333 in B flat.


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Utah Shakespeare Festival

The exhibit “We are Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On” features production photographs spanning 50 plus years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This Tony award-winning company has featured big names and big shows with Shakespeare as its cornerstone.

Jason Spelbring is a theatre professor at Utah State University and has worked as an actor at the festival for six seasons.

“People in this exhibit can see the progression of work, quality, names, people that people probably know from T.V, film, and the state of Utah. It’s just sort of a great way to remember and realize that there is world-class theatre right here in the state of Utah,” said Spelbring.


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The Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous is presenting an evening at the barn on Tuesday at the American West Heritage Center. Doris Daley, one of the featured performers, is a Canadian cowgirl and poet. She says the energy and audience engagement at events such as these is invigorating.

“One of my goals is to bring my audience along on the ride with me. If there are 100 people in the audience, I hope that there are 100 different movies playing in their heads. I want to bring people along in my story, but I also hope that they are experiencing their own stories,” Daley said.


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Utah Museum of Natural History

The Natural History Museum of Utah will host Native American artists from across the state this weekend. We spoke with organizers of the event to learn more about what makes these Native American creations so unique.

Twenty Native American artists of tribes from Apache to Zuni will participate at this year’s second annual Indian Art Market.  A wide range of mediums will be on display including jewelry, sculpture, beadwork, fetish carving, and pottery.


A painting displaying beautiful autumn colors in Logan.
Vlad Krylov

Cache Valley boasts many gems, from its beauties in nature to its hidden outdoor adventure destinations.  Also lesser-known is the fact that the Valley is home to a thriving community of talented artists. Representatives from the Cache Valley Center for the Arts spoke about the grand opening for their new gallery in downtown Logan. One of their goals: to feature and uncover these great artists.

The new art gallery in downtown Logan, located in the Bullen Center, will be opening after months of dedicated passion and work. Adam Shelton, the Marketing Director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, says the opening exhibition displays a fascinating variety of works.

“I’ve been walking through as they’ve been setting up and it’s really interesting to see the works of photography standing right next to jewelry, standing right next to ceramics, and all of those arts working together,” said Shelton. “I think it’s like having an all-year-round Summerfest, right indoors.”

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Is it possible to see music? Or hear a painting? The art exhibition "Enchanted Modernities: Mysticism, Landscape and the American West" answers these questions and more by exploring the impact of Theosophy, an esoteric-philosophical movement, on visual artists, writers, and composers in the American West.

Alexander Scriabin, a Russian pianist and composer who was deeply influenced by Theosophy, visualized a grand magnum opus, or large and important work, which he entitled “Mysterium.” This week-long, multimedia performance would have taken place in the Himalayas incorporating music, incense, dance, and light. This great and final concert would ultimately bring about the end the world. Luckily for the fate of the rest of us, this work remained unfinished.

A traveling Ugandan children’s choir will perform in Logan Friday evening.

This concert will be filled with bright costumes, smiles, and songs delivering messages of hope and joy. As these children travel and perform far from home, they are not only helping kids back in Uganda, but are brightening the lives of those who they meet along the way.

This is the second year Robert and Barbara Guy have hosted the kids.

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On Thursday, Utah will host their own version of the Grammys. The “Utah Music Awards” or “UMA’s” will be a glamorous evening of awards and performances, giving Utahns their chance to get the “Hollywood Treatment” in the Beehive State.

If you were asked what the bands Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, The Used, Royal Bliss, Panic and the Disco and The Killers all have in common, what would you say? It’s a little known fact that all of these bands actually got their start in Utah.


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