Children’s Jubilee Designed to Enchant Families with Music, Art and Science

The Orchestra of Southern Utah’s 12th annual Children’s Jubilee “Building Harmony Around the World” will provide a family-friendly afternoon of music, art, science, and fun at the Heritage Center in Cedar City on Saturday, Feb. 21.  Children of all ages are welcome.

The doors will open at 1:00 pm on February 21 for fun preshow activities and displays, and the concert begins at 2:00 p.m. Fun and educational activities will continue after the concert.  Admission is $5 per person and babies are free. Attendees may receive one free ticket per family with donation of three cans of food for the Iron County Care and Share as part of the Orchestras Feeding America initiative.

Under the direction of conductor Xun Sun, the orchestra and talented soloists have prepared an afternoon of music sure to excite and amaze young ears.  Featuring Halversen Young Artist competition winners Tanisa Crosby (Mozart flute concerto), Madison Davis (Gluck aria), and composer Jacob Lee the concert offers a unique opportunity for children to see soloists perform with the orchestra plus a world premiere of Casey Jones Overture by Jacob Lee.   Carylee Zwang and Adam Lambert, assistant conductors, will also be directing the orchestra. 

The Jubilee is a nationally recognized family event with awards from the League of American Orchestras.  Melissa Leavitt, OSU Education Director, is also presenting assemblies at every Iron County Elementary School which will include soloists.  "We want to let the students hear live music and are excited that some of the soloists will be sharing their talents at the schools," said Leavitt.

 In addition to the OSU musicians there is an army of volunteers from the community and SUU who will be sharing hands-on activities including Cedar Music with instruments for the children to try and the SUU Animal Ambassadors with creatures from around the world.  Usborne Books and the Frehner Museum of Natural History will have displays as well as a photography exhibit by Jim Case.  Laura Cotts once again coordinated science activities with help from SUU professors and students, including Jon Karpel, Mackay Steffensen, John Taylor and Jennifer Hargrove. Ivy Kiley from SUU is coordinating art activities and the Cedar City Children’s Musical Theatre is helping with a lobby costume photo site.  The Southern Utah Children’s Choir is serving as face painters.  Roice and Andrea Nelson are sharing an instrument display from around the world.  Jason Gottfried is playing lobby music, “Electric Kirtan”.

Boyd Redington will be serving as the photographer for the event.

Major sponsors for this favorite winter event are Rocky Mountain Power Foundation and the George S. and Dolores Dore' Eccles Foundation.  "This financial support is crucial in helping us keep the price accessible for as many families as possible," said Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager.

Join the Orchestra of Southern Utah for an adventure exploring the world of music, art and science on Feb. 21.

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