Capture the Moment Concert

Young Artists to Shine at the Orchestra of Southern Utah’s Roy L. Halversen Concert
by Tanisa Crosby

Celebrate the talents of youth soloists on April 11 with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and three promising soloists. Every other year, the Orchestra of Southern Utah invites youth to audition to participate in a concert that features their music talents and abilities. A concert started to honor a beloved Cedar City teacher has grown into a concert that is looked forward to. It gives young aspiring artists the opportunity to be featured with a full orchestra. This year, the Roy L. Halversen Young Artists Concert will take place on April 11, 7:30 p.m., Heritage Theater.

Aubrey Aikele, a Junior at Moapa Valley High School, will perform Piano Concerto No. 2, Larghetto Calmato by MacDowell. Aikele is a two-time soloist with the Southwest Symphony (2016, 2019) and will also solo with the Henderson Nevada Symphony in 2020. She has been studying the piano since she was four and has received Superior Ratings at the SUPAF Festival and Clark County Solo & Ensemble Festival. She’s been named the Most Outstanding Pianist at Castle Rock Music Clinic and studies with Brandon Lee of St. George, UT while also maintaining a private piano studio and serving as a staff accompanist.

The Orchestra will then perform an original composition by Robby DeBry, a composition and jazz trombonist currently studying at Southern Utah University (SUU), entitled “Ashtoreth”. DeBry has studied composition from Keith Bradshaw and Douglas Ipson while attending SUU and has composed and had several of his pieces performed by various ensembles, including a debut work for wind symphony, Nyx and Erebus (2018). Ashtoreth will be a premiere performance and will be his first work for Symphony Orchestra.

Aria Williams, a sophomore student from SUU, will perform Suite for Tuba by Don Haddad. Williams has performed in Honor Band and All-State band in Arizona and Nevada and currently participates in many ensembles at SUU including SUU Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, as well as in OSU. She hopes to further her education in hopes of teaching music to future students.

Following the soloists, the Orchestra of Southern Utah will then perform Symphony No. 5 by Mahler. They will perform the first, fourth, and fifth movements of the Symphony. This masterpiece was completed in 1902 following the composer’s near death experience and then his marriage. It was a two summer project in Austria and has extensive sections of elaborate counterpoint with contrasting themes.

The Orchestra of Southern Utah would like to extend an invitation to all to join us celebrating the talents of these young artists at the “Capture the Moment: Roy L. Halversen Young Artists Concert”. The concert will take place on April 11th at 7:30 pm and will take place at the Heritage Center Theatre (105 N 100 E, Cedar City, UT, located behind Lins). Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students. Children 6 and older are welcome to attend with adult supervision. No babies as concerts are recorded. For more information contact OSU Manager Rebekah Hughes at (435) 592-6051 or

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Live Life Again 5K

The second annual Live Life Again 5K will be Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 407 E 275 N (near Veteran’s Park and baseball fields) and starts at 8:30 am.

Race check in will start @ 7:30 A.M. There will be music, prize give-aways, t-shirts & swag. $10 registration fee per runner. All proceeds will be donated to Bikers Against Child Abuse. Please register online at WWW.RACEROSTER.COM/21631 or if you have any questions please contact Curtis at

Space Race 5K Fun Run

The Space Race 5K Fun Run will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Cedar City canyon trail bridge across from Rusty’s at 8:00 am. Cost to register is $20 and t-shirts are $15. At the end of the race there will be a star party! Water, prizes, campfire & marshmallows, and telescopes provided. This race is an astronomy-themed race patterned after The Space Race. Citizens and comrades alike are welcome! Teams/groups are encouraged.

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SUU to Offer 3-Year Bachelor Degrees

The 3-Year Bachelor Degree is an optional program for students to accelerate the traditional undergraduate process and enter the workforce earlier while still gaining the professional hands-on experiences needed for the job market.  The 3-Year program will reduce barriers to graduation making it easier for students to save time and money.

University News: Utah Legislature Approves 3-Year Bachelor Degree Program at SUU

Student raising their hand in a classroom

How it works to earn a bachelor’s degree in 3-years:

Students will still take eight semesters to graduate, but SUU will now offer full class schedules in three equal, 13-week semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring. To finish the degree in three years, students will enroll in all three semesters during their first and second years at SUU, and then enroll in fall and winter semester during their final year. Overall, their education will consist of three fall semesters, three winter semesters and two spring semesters.

Have mercy – Brett Young Sells Out Arena, Steals Hearts in Cedar City

by Corey Baumgartner
Iron County Today

In case you didn’t know, country music star and platinum song-selling artist, Brett Young gave a stellar performance to a sold-out crowd in the America First Event Center, last Thursday night. 

Even with a Ticket to L.A.—his latest album—Young took time to stop in Cedar City, where he used to visit his grandpa, who was a local mailman here, each summer.

He was proud to be back and from the very first song, the audience couldn’t cheer loud enough or get close enough as Young shared lyrics about life love and everything in between. He sang familiar favorites such as, Mercy, Reason to Stay and In Case You Didn’t Know.

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Cedar City PRCA Rodeo

The Cedar City PRCA Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, 2018 at 8:00 pm. It will take place at the Cedar City rodeo arena in Cross Hollow. You can get tickets at the IFA Country Store, the arena gate or online.

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A full contingent of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events will include Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Saddlebronc, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding each performance. World Class cowboys and livestock will provide amazing rides and unexpected wrecks that will keep the spectators on the edge of their seats. Add to that WNFR Crash Cooper as Clown and Specialty Act, with two cash cows each night and the Rodeo will be an experience to remember!

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Red Rock Singers Concert – How Can I Keep From Singing?

The Red Rock Singers present How Can I Keep From Singing? The concert will be May 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S 300 W).

Admission is free and donations are accepted. Cedar Land Title will be the sponsor.

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This event has been added to the calendar.