Arts and Culture

Exascale - Sandia National Laboratories

  What do you hear? Someone saying “laurel” or someone saying “yanny”? Well, this particular audio clip has been conflicting many internet users over the past week.

The Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City currently has a Star Wars based arts exhibit on display. ‘Star Wars: Heroes and Villains’ features fan art from not only the Star Wars Universe, but many other science fiction universes as well, and it’s all created by local Utah artists.


The JenkStars are a group of up-cycle engineers and artists, who pride themselves in their abilities to create just about anything out of junk, hence the name Jenkstars. From compostable toilets to a giant flying saucer sculpture covered in solar panels, these people can build it all.

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This Friday there will be some very happy high school students packing the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Students from around the state will be traveling to Utah's capital to watch the award-winning musical Hamilton, a hit Broadway production about founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

Pocatello High School Students rehearse their song on the Bus
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The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile music and video recording studio. Traveling across the country, the bus is used by small groups of students to create songs, music videos and other media projects.

A photo taken by Marshall Stewart, of a landscape pre-inundation
Martha Ham

  


 

Fifty-five years ago, the federal government began flooding a Utah canyon by building a dam. Water from the blocked Colorado River in Glen Canyon serves as a source of recreation on Lake Powell and produces hydropower for seven western states - Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming.

A collaboration of various choirs singing together
Temple Square

  


The Temple Square Festival of Choirs is a series of concerts held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. This year’s festival includes many choirs from around Utah who will be performing at various times on April 27th and 28th.

Justin Tolman painting Percy
Justin Tolman

  


Justin Tolman. He’s a sculptor and dinosaur connoisseur, with a particular interest in dromaeosaurids, more commonly known as raptors.

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra Performing Live
Weston Lee Allen

  


"2018 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Supposedly, the war to end all wars. But we know, the story did not work that way," said Dr. Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts and music director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

The Wellsville Tabernacle
The Wellsville Foundation

  


The Wellsville Tabernacle in Cache Valley was a cultural center for private events for decades. It was first built in 1902 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, then later sold to Wellsville City, and finally sold to the Wellsville Foundation in 1994.

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Author of the bestselling book “Hidden Figures,” and a former NASA scientist recently spoke at the University of Utah.   

Bulls On Logan Main Street Set For Late Retirement

Mar 30, 2018
A bull statue covered in M&M's painted by various Cache Valley High Schools
Faith Heaton Jolley

 


While strolling along Main Street in Downtown Logan, one can visit antique shops, eat at restaurants, and see opera and theater productions. Walking along, one can also see some peculiar painted bulls - some decorated in designs depicting candies like M&M’s, or wearing Tutu’s like Cache Valley Civic Ballet ballerinas - grazing on the sidewalks.

Sergio Bernal conducts the students during their concert
Jeannine Huenemann

The Chamber Music Society of Logan and Mountain West String Academy brought students together from all around Cache Valley, for a chance to play with a professional string quartet and to play in their own small chamber ensembles.

Richard Elliott plays the Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ
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A 1967 Holtkamp Organ is the featured instrument at the annual Campbell Organ Festival in Logan. Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be performing a few of his original works in the recently renovated Daines Concert Hall on the Utah State University campus this Friday.

An above view of Tyler Rasmuson's piece for the Reflections contest
Tyler Rasmuson

 

A dozen students from Cache Valley were recognized this year at the state level of the Parent Teacher Association Reflections program. 

Art created in the Art Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault workshop
Kat Smith

A Utah organization is using art as a form of therapy for victims of sexual assault or abuse. Art Access's five-week art therapy program has a history of helping clients express themselves.

Young Local Composer Publishes Piano Solo Book

Mar 7, 2018
Emma Cardon plays the cello
Emma Cardon

  Emma Cardon has had music running through her veins since a very early age.

 

“Well I started playing piano when I was four, and I immediately was bored, so I started writing myself more interesting pieces. So arrangements of what I was doing, and then when I was six I really started composing pieces.” Cardon said.

She’s a freshman in college, and has already composed pieces for multiple groups, including the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop.

 

Yekwon Sunwoo performing
Ralph Lauer/Cliburn Competition

The Wasserman Festival is an international musical celebration on Utah State University campus. The festival features various performers throughout the spring, including Yekwon Sunwoo.

The event at the Tracy Aviary will help educate public on light pollution prevention.
Tracy Aviary

  

This week, an organization that helps care for a protect Utah birds is using music, art and astronomy to encourage environmental awareness. Officials for the event Birds and Brews say this is one collaboration they hope will increase awareness of preserving night skies. 

The Utah Senate received over 300 submissions from high school students for its annual Utah Senate Visual Art Contest. 28 students were recognized on the senate floor on February 5. The winning student won a $5000 scholarship toward their college fund, and the rest of the winners won other various scholarships.

Jazzman Joe McQueen Plays In Brigham City

Feb 16, 2018

 

In 1945, an up-and-coming jazz tenor saxophonist named Joe McQueen made a stop in Ogden, to play a weeks worth of gigs. But after his band leader kept the band's earnings and abandoned the members, McQueen decided to stay and build up his reputation in the jazz scene. 

During the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Utah plays host to producers and directors from around the world. They come to promote international films to the U.S. consumer. UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst spent her time at the festival viewing international films and explains why the dark comedy Pity, that plays out like a Greek tragedy, captured her attention.

Logan Youth Shakespeare Names New Director

Feb 13, 2018


Logan Youth Shakespeare is an acting program for students that provides opportunities for young actors to perform unabridged works of Shakespeare. The program recently had a change in leadership saying good bye to Mary Jackson-Smith who was the director for nearly ten years.

Local Craftsmen Gather To Forge Foot Ware For Horses

Feb 9, 2018

The lost art of ferrying, when craftsmen create shoes for horses, is taken seriously by those who compete to be recognized for the fine art of manipulating metals into a functioning form of footwear.

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The University of Utah was awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation last December. It's the first time the organization recognized the university's arts and humanities program.

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