By Jenniffer Wardell
FRUIT HEIGHTS - The DAC Chamber Concert series is saying hello to fall and goodbye to Fruit Heights.
The concert series will hold its free annual fall concert, the last one to be held in Fruit Heights, on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (796 Mountain Road). Now that the renovations on the Kaysville Tabernacle are close to completed, the series will move back there for their December concert.
“Neal Humphrey (of Westminster Presbyterian) is always so accommodating to community groups,” said Kathy Skidmore Latham, one of the organizers of the concert series. “But they don’t have a grand piano, and that’s limited the music we can play. We’ll be happy to get back to the Tabernacle.”
They are, however, grateful for their time in Fruit Heights. Initially, some felt that the tabernacle’s temporary closure meant that the concert series would have to push its usual September opening all the way back to December.
“The director of the Davis Arts Council thought we’d have to cancel,” said Latham. “But we’ve been overwhelmed. We’ve had full houses, and had to open up the doors.”
For the fall concert, a string ensemble from the Wasatch Chamber Music Society will perform the complete “Autumn” movement from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”
“This is the first time we’ve performed it all at one of our concerts,” said Latham. “Normally we have smaller groups, like trios, but we’ll have an entire ensemble this time. It’s exciting.”
The featured soloist for the evening will be soprano Dr. Karen Brookens, head of the voice department at Weber State University. Along with former student Lindsay Hickman, Brookens will perform selections from her recent showcase featuring Jewish-American composers, including Leonard Bernstein.
“She’s a wonderful musician and a delightful soloist,” said Latham.
Members of the Flautissimo flute choir will also be on hand with selections by American composer Aaron Copeland. Martha Gutierrez, another soprano, will perform with her daughter, the violinist Marie Elisa.
“Martha is a celebrated soprano who has performed in both North and South America,” said Latham. “She and Karen have both generously donated their time to perform in these concerts.”
The next concert, scheduled for Dec. 13, will return to Kaysville. Though the tabernacle is slightly larger, there’s a possibility that they may fill it up as well.
“We have a good following,” said Latham. “We’re in our fourth year, and I think more and more people are finding out about it and telling their friends. It’s just catching on.”