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Celena Shafer to perform in free Valentine’s concert Feb. 13
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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NTERNATIONALLY KNOWN soprano Celena Shafer will perform with tenor Chad Millar and pianist Kathy Latham as part of the Davis Arts Council’s free chamber music series. 
Courtesy photo
NTERNATIONALLY KNOWN soprano Celena Shafer will perform with tenor Chad Millar and pianist Kathy Latham as part of the Davis Arts Council’s free chamber music series. Courtesy photo
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BOUNTIFUL – Whether you’ve got a sweetheart or are just in love with music, the Davis Arts Council has a concert for you. 

As part of their chamber music series, the arts council will present a free “Music for Lovers” concert on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kaysville Tabernacle. Well-known Utah soprano Celena Shafer, along with tenor Chad Millar and pianist Kathy Skidmore Latham, will perform solos and duets from “West Side Story,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Don Pasquale.” 

“It’s a great Valentine’s date, because the music they’re performing is incredibly romantic,” said Latham. “But it will also be an incredible performance for anyone who loves music.”

She specifically hopes those who love Broadway music, but aren’t as comfortable with operatic music, will attend. 

“Even if you don’t love opera, you’ll love it after this,” she said. 

Shafer, who has performed with operas and symphonies around the world, is the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence for the Utah Symphony and Opera. 

During that same time, she will also sing Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra and return to the Phoenix Symphony to perform Handel’s “Messiah.” 

Most recently, she performed with the Pacific Symphony in Los Angeles to sing as part of a tribute to Leonard Bernstein.  

“She’s one of the hottest sopranos in the business right now,” said Latham. “But she lives in Layton and has four little boys, so she mostly performs in Utah.” 

Millar has also performed with the Utah Opera, where he and Shafer appeared together in “Don Pasquale.” 

“You don’t have to be an opera expert to know what they’re doing,” said Latham. “It will be an amazing concert.” 

The rest of the music selection for the concert will also be pulled from the repertoire and previous appearances of the two singers. 

“They’re both such vibrant and talented performers,” said Latham. “You don’t typically get to hear voices like this at little Davis County venues.” 

The Kaysville Tabernacle is located at 198 W. Center St. in Kaysville. Seating is first-come, first serve, and organizers ask that attendance is limited to those who are 8-year-old and up. 

The Davis Arts Council’s chamber concert series runs from September to May. For more information, visit davisarts.org. 

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