Cache Chamber Orchestra to feature USU guitar professor

The Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University presents the Cache Chamber Orchestra at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 12, in the Kent Concert Hall on the USU campus (approximately 1110 E. 610 North, Logan). Admission is free.The orchestra, under the direction of Robert Frost, will complete its third and final concert of the summer pops series with this concert. The summer pop series has been highly successful this summer and the orchestra wishes to express its gratitude to the community, Frost said.Joining the Cache Chamber Orchestra for the concert is USU music professor Mike Christiansen. Among other selections, Christiansen will play an original composition titled “Dreamcatcher” and “Mais Que Nada,” which means “but, that is nothing.” The piece was originally written for Jorge Ben in 1963 and became a signature song for Sergerio Mendez. Typical of Brazilian music, it has strong syncopation and thick harmony.Christiansen is professor of music and director of guitar studies in the Music Department in the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State. He has received numerous awards, including USU’s Professor of the Year in 1994, the ASTA (American String Teacher’s Association) Utah Chapter Outstanding Collegiate Educator of the Year in 2006 and in 2007, Christiansen received USU’s Artist of the Year and the Overall Scholar of the Year Award for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Christiansen averages more than 130 performances annually as a soloist, with the group “Phase II” and with the clarinet-guitar Lightwood Duo. He has recorded 32 CDs and appears on 21 instructional DVDs in addition to publishing extensively nationally and internationally.The summer pops series with the Cache Chamber Orchestra, an all-volunteer group, is a time for the orchestra to showcase well known selections from various popular genres, including stage and screen in addition to some short classical works.The July 12 concert will feature “The American Frontier,” a suite of selections that includes “Oh Susanna,” “Shenandoah” and “America the Beautiful.” Also played will be selections from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Themes from 007” and an original work by Frost titled “In the Valleys of the Mountains.” The program will close with the majestic “Great Gate of Kiev” by Moussorgsky.

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