Silver and Gold Soirée Benefits OSU

Cedar City:  The Orchestra of Southern Utah took audiences on a world tour through music this season and presents one more local event on Friday, May 8, in Cedar City.  The “Silver and Gold Soirée Silent Auction” is set to be held at the Iron Gate Inn and Winery, 100 N. 200 West, at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $5 and available only in advance from Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager, 435-233-8213

“The Orchestra of Southern Utah continues to increase the offerings of live music, but tickets alone cover less than 10% of annual costs and we are hesitant to raise those prices because we want to keep the music accessible for our community.  Additional funding is therefore essential to helping the orchestra thrive and your support is much appreciated,” said Hepworth.  “We are also adding more educational outreach through increased school assemblies and our 4th grade musical passports so more children will experience the excitement of live music.”

 OSU musicians are providing live music for the event with a String Quartet under direction of Chelsea Gardner, a Brass Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Bob Gordon, and Violin Duets with Ling Yu and Sara Penny.  Refreshments will be served, including both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
Directors of the event are OSU musicians Ariel Wolter Rhoades and Suzanne Tegland with assistance from Emily and Aaron Bradley.
"Many auction items and raffle prizes have been donated by many Cedar City local businesses, including Artisan's Gallery, and OSU Musicians," said Rhoades.  “If you or your business would like to donate to this event or to OSU, please contact Emily Hepworth,” said Tegland.
“OSU is honored to have received several high quality pieces of art in support of our fundraising efforts from Lane Twitchell, a visual arts professional who works in New York City on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts,” said Hepworth.  He has produced a body of museum quality paintings over the course of his focused studio career as well as design work and commercial imagery for publications and corporate clients. To see additional works: 
Lane is a part of the talented Dalley family which has done remarkable work in building the arts in Cedar City and throughout the country.  His great-uncle was Orien Dalley who did great deal for music in southern Utah and nationally, from the 1920s and through his whole life.  After Orien retired, he donated a collection of string instruments of all sizes to SUU which we have used over the years to build our orchestras.  He also donated a music collection to SUU which is housed in Special Collections.  In addition to a stellar career at the University of Michigan, he helped found Interlochen Center for the Arts, and was a student of Jean Sibelius in Finland.  He taught at SUU before Mr. Halversen came to Cedar City. Orien is buried in Summit, Utah, where he was born.  The extended family is amazing with prominent musicians like his children John Dalley (of Guarneri Quartet) and Melinda Wagner (who has been a faithful supporter of OSU for years).
Other family members include Marlo Madsen Ihler, Messiah soloist this season, and Marni Madsen Maxwell, both of whom are great additions to the cultural life in Cedar City. Their grandparents Bert and Ada Carpenter were supportive of the arts and Bert sang on KSUB radio and for numerous community events during his life.  Ada’s sister, Iva Bringhurst, played piano for many community events, including singing at the Senior Center for several years. Other Dalley family musicians were Analee Carpenter Lee who was a Halversen soloist on piano and her father Jerry Carpenter and her brother John Carpenter who have sung in the Messiah choir.
For more information:
Who:  Orchestra of Southern Utah
What: Silver and Gold Soirée Silent Auction
Where:  Iron Gate Inn and Winery
100 N. 200 West
Cedar City
When: Friday, May 8, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  $5 per person
Why:  Raise funds for upcoming season
More information:  Emily Hepworth, OSU Manager, 435-233-8213 for tickets and more information.

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