Approximately 500 students participating in Monster Concert

The annual Utah State University Youth Conservatory Monster Concert returns to campus Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center. Approximately 500 students ages five to 18 will participate.Unlike a typical piano recital, the students will perform in rotations of 20 students on 20 pianos playing their parts in unison. Kevin Olsen, director of the Youth Conservatory and assistant professor of music, says it’s like an orchestra of pianos filling the Kent Concert Hall.This year’s theme is “Once Upon A Time” and the Utah Storytelling Guild will provide narration between songs. Olsen says the Monster Concert has been an annal event since the 1980s.All proceeds go towards a scholarship fund to support students and families with tuition for piano lessons.

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