SCERA to Welcome Utah Symphony with Jenny Oaks Baker, 6/23
Having the Utah Symphony demonstrate its world-renowned instrumental prowess has become a welcome tradition in Utah Valley as they are joined by Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker for a concert under the stars at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre in Orem on Monday, June 23 @ 8:00pm.
General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-11), seniors (age 65 and older), and students (w/ID). Reserved area tickets range from $20 to $30 for adults and $15 to $25 for children, seniors and students. They are available by calling 801-225-ARTS, online at www.scera.org, in person at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem, open 10am-6pm weekdays and Saturday 12Noon-6pm, or at the Shell box office 90 minutes prior to the performance. The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre is located in the middle of SCERA Park, 699 South State, Orem.
In a patriotic and Americana evening featuring guest conductor Thomas Hong, audiences will hear such familiar favorites as "The Star-Spangled Banner," Williams' "Liberty Fanfare," the armed forces salute, Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Jenny Oaks Baker will join the Utah Symphony and perform some of the hits from her Disney, classic rock, Broadway, movie soundtrack and religious albums, such as "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin," "Tale as Old as Time" from "Beauty and the Beast," "Gabriel's Oboe," Suite from "Far and Away," "Pinball Wizard," and "Everybody Hurts."
Baker, who received her master's degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress, and as a guest soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Jenny is an esteemed expert in her field of artistry and served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor's Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.
For seven years she performed as first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra and has released 12 albums in 16 years. They have consistently charted on Billboard, including a top spot on the Top Classical Albums Chart. Her album Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney earned a nomination for the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Maestro Hong, the associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is a frequent guest conductor, and in his role in Dallas, he conducts the pops, community concerts, youth concerts and DSO Concerts on the Go.