Dixie State University and the Celebrity Concert Series would like to sincerely thank all our patrons for the 2016–17 season. It was gratifying to realize that the arts are still alive and well in St. George at a time when national support for this type of programming is on shaky ground. In retrospect, it really was an outstanding season.
There were “big ticket” moments that included Manhattan Transfer with Take 6, the Drifters, Canadian Brass, and GENTRI. These acts delivered just the incredible, sold-out performances that we were expecting.
But there were also some less obvious triumphs. For instance, listening to piano prodigy Stephen Beus explain so eloquently why Bach’s Chaconne was so meaningful to him was extraordinary. His explanation changed the collective experience of the entire audience as we were engulfed by the simple, beautiful melodies.
There was the astonishing brilliance of both the Montreal and California guitar trios. There was a moment at the end of CGT’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, also by J.S. Bach, where the audience didn’t seem to know how to react to what they had just heard. It was almost as though we collectively held our breath hoping the moment wouldn’t end. The standing ovation that erupted immediately thereafter was unanimous and motivated by pure joy.
This is the effect of the arts on our community. It is both complicated and simple. It unites people who otherwise may not share much in common. It reminds us to slow down and enjoy gifts purely given by artists who have spent a lifetime honing their unique, God-given talents.
This is the beauty of being a season ticket holder for the Celebrity Concert Series. Not only will you see acts that you know and enjoy, you will discover new artists that you never knew you’d love. It is akin to the experience you might have when you dine at a fine restaurant and ask the for the chef’s recommendation. The 2017–18 season will mark 60 years of “bringing the world to our stage.” We invite you to join us. Become a season ticket holder today, and don’t miss a single magic moment.
Tickets for the Celebrity Concert Series can be purchased at the DSU Box Office, by calling (435) 652-7800, or online at dsutix.com. Season tickets are on sale now! Please visit celebrityconcertseries.com for details regarding the 2017–18 roster which includes Joshua Creek, Kingston Trio, Doo Wop Project, Riders In The Sky, Lexi Mae Walker, GENTRI, Shuffle, Golden Dragon Acrobats, Young Ambassadors, Ballet West, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the ATOS Trio.