WEST BOUNTIFUL — There’s a weekend full of free music waiting, right here in Davis County.
The Davis Arts Council, North Salt Lake and West Bountiful have all scheduled free concerts for this weekend, featuring music ranging from classical to Broadway. All three concerts are open to everyone.
The Davis Arts Council is presenting “Music for Lovers,” part of their free Chamber Music Series, on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaysville Tabernacle. Despite the title, the concert will follow an all-encompassing definition of suitably romantic music.
“We’re doing songs from the Romantic era, as well as love songs from light opera and musical theater,” said Kathy Skidmore, who helps organize the concerts. “It’ll be a concert that everyone can bring their loved ones to.”
Susan Facer, who starred in the touring company of “Phantom of the Opera,” will be the featured soloist. Other performers include Nick and Jamie Balaitch, Blaine and Lindsay Hickman and duo-pianists Kathy Skidmore and Melinda Taylor. Kelsie Call, another pianist, will perform the well-known Rachmaninoff piece from the movie “Somewhere in Time.”
“Everyone loves it,” said Skidmore. “She’s been doing it for the last two years, so it’s kind of a tradition.”
Loren and Jay Atwater will perform the duet “Lily’s Eyes” from the musical “The Secret Garden.” Jay is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“It’s about two men who are in love with the same woman,” said Skidmore. “It’s a beautiful piece of music.”
North Salt Lake is adding an instrumental touch to the season with its upcoming flute concert, set for Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at North Salt Lake City Hall. Debi Gilmore, who has performed monthly at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for the last 12 years, will be the featured performer. Lenna Carver will be her accompanist.
“My goal is to provide an opportunity for families and loved ones to gather and be uplifted by the beautiful language of music,” said Gilmore.
The concert will include a mix of hymns, classical pieces and traditional Irish tunes. According to Gilmore, both the classical pieces and hymns are often requested during performances. She’ll finish out the evening with “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.”
“It’s the most popular and highly requested song,” said Gilmore. She’ll also give the history behind the hymn and other songs.
The West Bountiful Arts Council will be holding an early Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at West Bountiful City Hall. Susie Carter, a local singer who has performed throughout the area, will perform love songs from both popular music and musical theater. In Davis County, she’s best known for her holiday performances at Dick’s Market for the last few years.
“She’s a very talented and experienced vocalist,” said Colleen Maloy, who organizes the concerts. “And she has a fun personality that is sure to make you happy to be there.”
The Kaysville Tabernacle is located at 198 W. Center Street. North Salt Lake City Hall is located at 10 E. Center Street. West Bountiful City Hall is located at 550 N. 800 West.