The free chamber music concert set for Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle (198 W. Center St.), manages to embrace both holidays. Presented by the Davis Arts Council in conjunction with the Wasatch Chamber Music Society, the “Songs of America” concert will feature well-known soprano Celena Shafer and others focusing on the music of our country.
“It’s to honor veterans and help us get ready for Thanksgiving,” said Kathy Skidmore, one of the concert organizers.
The 75 minute concert, which like the rest of the series is sponsored by the radio station Classical 89, will open with a specifically patriotic tribute to veterans. Bugler Paul Kapp will perform, as well as the musical group The Other 3 Tenors, and John Finley.
Mat Shaw, Blaine Hickman, Gabriel Gutierrez, Lindsay Hickman, and Melinda Taylor will be performing Copland’s “The Promise of Living.”
“It’s a wonderful Americana piece,” said Skidmore. “It’s also good for Thanksgiving.”
Shafer, a Centerville native who currently lives in Layton, will be the featured soloist for the concert. The singer, who has performed with well-known orchestras and opera houses across the country, also regularly performs with the Utah Symphony and the Utah Opera.
“She’s probably one of the finest, most in-demand sopranos on the scene today, and she loves to volunteer her time and perform for the community,” said Skidmore. “She’s one of the best of the best, and it will be a real treat to get to hear her for free.”
The Davis Arts Chamber Music Series features monthly free concerts held in the Kaysville Tabernacle from September to May. All the concerts are family friendly, but are only open to children six and older. For a complete list of concerts and more information, visit davisarts.org.