In addition to its wide variety of summer concerts, the council will be sponsoring a new chamber concert series featuring Davis and Weber County artists that will make its home at the Kaysville Tabernacle. The free series, which will open with a holiday concert titled “Come, Sing Noel,” is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
“Three months out of the year just isn’t enough for the artists,” said Kathy Skidmore, who is organizing the competition with cellist Elaine Witte. “And the Kaysville Tabernacle is such a beautiful building, and the perfect place for chamber music.”
The idea for the series came when Witte formed the Wasatch Chamber Music Society, and came to Skidmore seeking help to put on a concert. Chamber music is music arranged to be performed by smaller groups, such as string quartets instead of full orchestras.
“It’s music for a more intimate setting,” said Skidmore. “What you might hear if you had musicians come into your home.”
Witte went to Skidmore to seek her help in setting up a chamber concert in Davis County, which was held this past September. Attendance was small due to lack of advertising, so Skidmore went to the Davis Arts Council and asked if they would sponsor a concert series.
“They were delighted,” said Skidmore. “They’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time.”
The official kickoff concert, “Come, Sing Noel,” will feature traditional music of the season performed by string players (quartet, trio) Loren Lunt, Elissa Krebs, Julie Aamodt and Elaine Witte; a Christmas brass quintet under the direction of Paul Kapp; vocalists Blaine and Lindsay Hickman with Nick and Jamie Balaitch; and The Skidmore Carolers performing Old English carols in costume.
At the end of the evening, the audience and all of the performers will join together to sing Christmas carols.
Future concerts, which are scheduled to occur monthly, will be arranged according to different themes. For January it will be “South of the Border,” featuring music with Hispanic roots, and February will feature romantic composers including Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
March will be a young artists concert, while “April in Paris” will showcase only French composers. The title for May’s concert is still being refined, but the music will definitely take a lighthearted turn.
“We’ll have fun, off-the-cuff stuff,” said Skidmore.
No matter what the theme, however, she feels that the Kaysville Tabernacle is the perfect home for the concerts.
“These old buildings are real treasures, and have such great acoustics,” she said. “To be performing the works of the masters in this historic setting is really quite ethereal and wonderful.”