Are you ready for a magical and musical journey to the 15th-18th centuries and beyond? Have you ever seen a period instrument like harpsichord, viola da gamba and the baroque traverso flute being performed professionally live?  Want to support hardworking students of DSU's newly formed Early Music Ensemble? I sincerely invite you to the upcoming early music events in DSU! 

As part of the Early Music America "Early Music Month" in March 2019, the second Dixie State University Early Music Festival aims at promoting early music in Southern Utah, generating interest in historically-informed performance practice, and offering young performers and students valuable performance experience on period and modern instruments. This year,the period-instrument ensemble Cosmopolitan Baroque will be our Ensemble-in-Residence. Organists Susan and Stephen Talley will be our guest performers as well.

  1. "Organ Extravaganza" An Evening of Organ and Chamber Music - March 26 (Tue) 7:30pm in DSU's Dunford Auditorium (Browning Learning Resource Center).  Be amazed by one of Utah's only Baroque pipe organs performed by the fabulous organists Susan and Stephen Talley.  The Talleys will collaborate with DSU faculty and students in a few other chamber selections as well
  2. Masterclass and Demo by period-instrument ensemble Cosmopolitan Baroque - March 28 (Thur) 4:00pm in DSU's Eccles Concert Hall. The four members of this ensemble: Jonathan Rhodes Lee (harpsichord), Jennifer Grim (traverso flute), Gregory Maldonado (baroque violin) and Ka-Wai Yu (viola da gamba), will offer great insights and professional critiques to the talented DSU students.  They will talk about, introduce and demonstrate the period instruments they play as well.  This will be an inspiring experience for both the performers and audience.
  3. "Handel, a Celebration" Concert of the DSU Early Music Ensemble - March 28 (Thur) 7:30pm in DSU's Eccles Concert Hall.  Join the young vocalists and instrumentalists for a variety of selections from viol and recorder consorts, Gregorian chant to Renaissance madrigals and Baroque music for a larger ensemble.  With 2019 being the composer Handel's 260th anniversary, some of his master works such as his Water Music will be featured.  With collaboration from the DSU Theater and Dance Departments, it will be a great treat for you both visually and sonically--- period instruments, great repertoire, dancers, and even period costumes.  One of the highlights include the Cosmopolitan Baroque soloists performing Handel's Concerto Gross, Op. 3 No. 3 with the DSU Early Music Ensemble!

All three events in the DSU Early Music Festival 2019 listed above are free to the public