As founder and director of the Utah Festival Opera Company, Michael Ballam is hoping for help from the Cache County Council. With the recession causing a big reduction in contributions from corporations, grants and foundations, Ballam is asking for $400,000 in Restaurant and/or Rapz Tax money in order to stay in business. The UFOC is hosting fundraisers as well and one is a new adult education speaker program that starts today and continues through Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle. Ballam says in the lectures he will dig a little deeper into the creation of some of the world’s most beloved musical works. And he says this will be the first of many. “We hope to, in the future, be able to incentivize many, many people from throughout the county and beyond to come to Logan and immerse themselves in an educational opportunity in literature, drama, music, art,” Ballam said on KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Friday. “We’ll have hands-on classes where you can learn how to make a back drop, you can see how to manufacture a costume or a prop. And our hope is that our Opera by Children will become Opera by Seniors or Opera by Adults.” Ballam says on June 9th the UFOC will be hosting Hyrum Smith, founder of Franklin Quest and co-founder of FranklinCovey.
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