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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.

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Music
3:07 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Painting Music: Enchanted Modernities

One of the best ways to describe what Theosophy is is to think of it as a kind of fusion of religion and science, as a desire to prove or to explore some of the mystical forces that made religion work and make the spiritual world work.

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, a society founded in New York in the late 19th century, on visual artists, writers, and composers in the American West. Join us at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art as the three exhibition curators give us personalized tour.

Alexander Scriabin, a Russian pianist and composer who was deeply influenced by Theosophy, visualized a grand magnum opus which he titled “Mysterium.” This week-long, multimedia performance would take place in the Himalayas incorporating music, scent, 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.

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Music
4:06 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Utah Hosts "Grammys"-type Music Awards Thursday

Utah's first-ever music awards will be held Thursday.
UMA

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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Art
2:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Art Of Making Steel Seem Weightless: Michael Bingham

Cache Valley local Michael Bingham, in his studio with the skeleton of his enormous, floating astronaut sculpture.
Ali Snow Utah Public Radio

When the Salt Lake Arts Council called for submissions for their temporary public art project in January, Cache Valley artist Michael Bingham heeded their call. His proposal was one of 12 selected to make their street sculpture visions a reality. 

Standing in the midst of this metal shop, there’s an overwhelming sense of power and of energy, and even danger. Perhaps it is from the massive machinery that fills the room, each with their own capabilities to cut, mold, and bend steel with ease.

This is the studio in which Cache Valley artist Michael Bingham works every day. We chatted together next to a giant, nine-foot-tall skeleton of an astronaut made out of steel rods and rebar. When thinking about what he could make that would align with the public art project’s theme, “Flying Objects,” he said an astronaut is immediately what came to mind.

“Probably a combination of things. Childhood dreams of wanting to be an astronaut [laughs]. Maybe like every other little boy," Bingham said. 


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Arts and Culture
2:36 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Intrepid Life Of An Opera Conductor: Karen Keltner Edition

U-T San Diego

Have you ever considered what an amazing act of faith it is, for a conductor, to signal an upbeat and come down and expect sound to happen? We now introduce a fearless Karen Keltner, resident conductor of the San Diego Opera, who has helped to make the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre a success now for eighteen seasons.

A native Hoosier from South Bend, Indiana, Karen Keltner says that she was bitten by the collaborative music-making bug early on in life. She began to take piano lessons at age six and the deal was, she had to practice an hour a day.

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Arts and Culture
11:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Funding Arts Organizations Through The Ages: Utah Division Of Arts And Museums

A Utah patron visits the Springville Museum of Art.
Credit Impulsive Eye Photography

What do the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and the Utah Arts Festival all have in common? It may not be what you would initially think. The answer? The Utah Division of Arts and Museums helped to found each of these organizations. 

It’s no secret that the arts in all their forms are flourishing in Utah. In fact, Utah is home to the oldest arts council in the nation.

Laurie Baefsky is the Grants Manager of Utah Arts and Museums.

“If you look at how arts and museums are particularly valued by the citizens of Utah… we have some staggering statistics. For six years running we were voted ‘Top 25 Arts Destination’ by American Style magazine. We also have the highest per capita piano ownership in the nation, right here in Utah,” said Baefsky.


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Arts and Culture
3:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

'Mormon Moms' Compete In Popular Bible Game Show

Jill, Deborah, and Heidi put their bible smarts to the test at "The American Bible Challenge."

The bible is making a mighty comeback in the U.S. with the highest rated show in the history of the Game Show Network: “The American Bible Challenge.” This high energy program brings together a colorful range of teams from every religious denomination across the country to put their knowledge of The Good Book to the test.

Deborah Dushku Gardner is a member of the first ever Mormon team to compete on the show. They call themselves “The Mormon Moms.”


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Arts and Culture
5:26 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

An Evening On Broadway At 4th Annual Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards

Finalists perform in the 2014 High School Musical Theater Awards in Logan.
Credit Utah Festival

Over 250 high school students will strut their best stuff  at the 4th Annual Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards at Utah State University. 

Months of preparation will culminate in a spectacular evening on Saturday, May 10 featuring young aspiring actors and actresses from across the state of Utah. The competition is partnering with several programs including the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre to provide winning artists with scholarship, mentorship, and apprenticeship opportunities. 


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Arts and Culture
6:37 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Highlighting "The Power Of Mothers" This Mother's Day

A new DVD release: "The Power of Mothers: Their Influence Upon the World."
Credit The Power of Mothers

This year marks the 100 year anniversary for the celebration of Mother’s Day in the U.S. For the past three years, two local filmmakers have traveled the globe, compiling the perspectives of experts and mothers into a special Mother’s Day DVD. 

To go beyond the usual flowers and chocolates, local filmmakers Shelly Locke and Barry McLerran have set out to honor mothers in their new DVD entitled “The Power of Mothers.” Together they scoured the globe to gather wisdom and insights from world leaders and mothers themselves.


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Arts and Culture
1:55 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Musicians For Healing At Logan Regional Hospital

Volunteers from all over Cache Valley come to play soothing ambiance music at Logan Regional Hospital.
Credit Logan Regional Hospital

Since October of last year, patients and visitors at Logan Regional Hospital have been enjoying the soothing ambiance music provided by volunteers. This new program, called "Musicians for Healing," has provided university students and members of the community the opportunity to donate their time and talents to create a peaceful hospital atmosphere.  Ramona Fonnesbeck, the Director of Volunteer Services, worked with the administration to bring this program to the hospital. In the process, she was able to secure a brand new, baby grand piano.


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Arts and Culture
9:23 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Former 'King's Singers' Member, Bob Chilcott, Conducts World Premiere At Cache Valley Choirfest

Vocalist-turned composer/conductor, Bob Chilcott, will be conducting the world premiere of his work "Music to Hear" at Saturday afternoon's Cache Valley Choirfest.
Credit John Bellars

Internationally acclaimed composer and conductor, Bob Chilcott, will be featured at the Cache Valley Choirfest on Saturday. Over 350 youth from 11 children’s choirs from all over Utah will present a world premiere of one of his pieces, commissioned specifically for this concert.

After three years of patient waiting, the time has finally come for youth from all over Utah to have the opportunity to work with composer, conductor, and former member of the “King’s Singers,” Bob Chilcott. He is especially well known for his compositions for children’s choirs. 


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