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Listen to the 2022/2023 Season iTunes Playlist

Attention all music fans! The 2022/2023 Celebrity Concert Season iTunes playlist is now available, and it’s packed with music from the artists and bands featured this season. From Grammy-winning performances, swinging Jazz and everything in between, this playlist has something for everyone. Explore the season and discover your new favorite artists today. 

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents "SING AND SWING: OUR AMERICAN SONGBOOK"

A Swinging Celebration of Song and Iconic Trumpet-and-Vocal Partnerships with BRIA SKONBERG and BENNY BENACK III

Featuring trumpeters, vocalists, and composers Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III, the North American tour of SING AND SWING: Our American Songbook will be at the Eccles Mainstage Theater at Utah Tech University on February 13, 2024 at 7:30 PM.

“We’re both fans of the classic songbook era and the artists that made it possible,” says Skonberg. “The fact that we’re still playing these songs 75 to 100 years after they were written is a testament to their quality. Naturally, we gravitated towards the great pairings of trumpet players and vocalists, like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald or Louis Prima and Keely Smith. We’ve listened to that music as long as we have played the trumpet. Also, the band with us is exceptional, so we’ll discover and highlight everybody’s hidden talents.” The show, she notes, “will have a friendly variety show type of feel.” 

Benack and Skonberg will lead a talented group featuring Jocelyn Gould (guitar); Jon Thomas (piano); Mark Lewandowski, (bass); and Charles Goold (drums).

The repertoire, notes co-leader Benny Benack III, will include songs such as Duke Ellington’s classic “In a Mellow Tone,” a duet featuring Skonberg on trumpet and vocals, featured in his most recent album, Third Time’s the Charm; “Comes Love,” a nod to the inimitable Louis and Ella; “Banana Split For My Baby,” a cheeky swinger by Louis Prima and Keely Smith, and “I’m Glad There is You,” a classic by Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown. 

“There’re a lot of familiar songs that people know and love,” says Benack. “But we have put fresh arrangements on these songs. And Bria and I also have some of our brand-new original material inspired by this era’s music. We wanted to have a modern take on the songwriting form. So we have some of that as well. You keep the music fresh by adding your experiences and making it relatable to the audience before you.” 

To present SING AND SWING: Our American Songbook, and following the success of last year’s “SONGS WE LOVE: 50 Years of Jazz Song,” Jazz at Lincoln Center is partnering again with the international booking agency IMG Artists. The aim of JALC’s tour initiative is to allow presenters to offer excellent jazz programming while introducing to a broader audience the musicians who will reinterpret and reimagine the sound of jazz for years to come. It is part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission “to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy.” As part of those efforts, the SING AND SWING: Our American Songbook tour will include an educational component in selected cities. 

“I didn’t grow up in a big city. I grew up in a small town,” says Skonberg, a native of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. “There was no way that anything from Jazz at Lincoln Center would come there. It will be a real pleasure to connect with people from different towns along the way. It’s going to be a joy to get to spread the word.” 

Called “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal, Bria Skonberg is a singular talent who has performed with everyone from Jon Batiste, Wycliffe Gordon, U2 and Sun Ra Arkestra to the nation’s top symphony orchestras. Her music has garnered tens of millions of streams worldwide. The Juno award winner’s seventh studio album What it Means, which was recorded in New Orleans with the Cres-cent City’s finest, will be released in Fall of 2024. 

The daughter of teachers, Skonberg is deeply committed to education. She is the co-founder and director of the New York Hot Jazz Camp, and has served as faculty at the Teagarden, Centrum and Geri Allen Jazz Camps, in addi-tion to presenting hundreds of concerts and clinics for students of all ages, both independently and on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz House Kids, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. 

Benack, part of a family of Pittsburgh jazz notables, follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, trumpeter, and bandleader Benny Benack, Sr. (1921-86), and his father Benny Benack, Jr., a saxophonist and clarinetist who gave young Benny his first professional experience. 

An Emmy-nominated trumpeter and vocalist, Benack (affectionately known as BB3) was recognized in the 2022 DownBeat Critics Poll as a Rising Star Male Vocalist and a top Rising Star Trumpeter. He has performed interna-tionally as an Emcee/Host for Postmodern Jukebox, and appeared as a trumpet soloist for Josh Groban, Diplo, fash-ion icon Isaac Mizrahi, as well as cabaret legends such as Marilyn Maye, Melissa Errico and Ann Hampton Calla-way. He has also been a special guest with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Or-chestra. His TV credits include appearances in the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well as NBC’s Maya & Marty. He achieved online notoriety for his vocal features with the GRAMMY-award winning “8-Bit Big Band” as well as his viral hit sensation music video of “Social Call” featuring Veronica Swift. Benack has recorded four well-received albums, One of a Kind, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Season’s Swingin’ Greetings and, mostly recently, Third Time’s the Charm.

 

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What's Happening In February

February is a busy month at M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center with 3 great shows for you to see!

 

First up is the award-winner songwriter and singer Kat Edmonson on February 10. Raised on the music and film of the early-to-mid-twentieth century, Kat is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant. She performs original songs and familiar classics in her live show, interweaving humorous anecdotes, philosophical musings, and her love of film with disarming candor and vulnerability. The Texas native began crafting her signature sound while performing in Austin’s local club circuit for years before releasing her debut LP Take To The Sky in 2009. In 2013, The Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Kat the Abe Olman Scholarship Award for Excellence in Songwriting. “Intuitive about melody and handy with a turn of phrase (The New York Times), the songsmith has been writing ever since she was a little girl, having published over 40 songs to date.

 

Kat is equally comfortable on the stage, in the recording studio, and on a movie set. In 2016, she appeared in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society as a 1930s jazz singer and was highlighted on the official soundtrack performing her version of “Mountain Greenery.” Her experience in Allen’s film inspired the artist to study the craft of acting. She subsequently spent two years in conservatory at The William Esper Studio in New York City. More recently, in the winter of 2022, Kat made her theatrical debut in “The Hang”: a new jazz opera by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray. Upon its opening, the off-off Broadway show received “Critic’s Pick” in The New York Times highlighting Kat’s “extraordinary artistry.”

 

Next up, coming directly from the Living Room to the stage, 16-time Grammy award-winning musician, composer, and producer David Foster and acclaimed singer, television, and Broadway star, Katharine McPhee are bringing their viral Instagram show on the road. Their show An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee is on February 17.

 

Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster. He has created hit songs for a diverse array of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, Boz Scaggs, and Gloria Estefan.

 

Katharine McPhee can most recently be seen starring in the Netflix Original Series COUNTRY COMFORT. Previously she starred as ‘Paige Dineen’ on the CBS’ spy drama SCORPION and was featured in NBC’s award-winning musical series SMASH, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Katharine appeared on the big screen in Columbia’s romantic comedy THE HOUSE BUNNY. In addition to her acting career, she finds great success in the music space after her turn on Season 5 of AMERICAN IDOL. Katharine’s first single debuted at #2 on the Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Her debut album landed on the Billboard 200 chart and went gold in 2008. Katharine also has a presence in theater, having recently starred in both the U.S. and U.K. productions of ‘Waitress’.

 

This intimate show with the powerhouse duo will be packed with David‘s hits from Chicago, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé etc. and Kat’s biggest songs from American Idol, Smash, and Waitress. Plus some of their favorites that they just love!

 

Finishing out the month, is NBC’s America’s Got Talent finalist Daniel Emmet on February 25. He is best known for taking on the “impossible challenge” levied by Simon Cowell; to learn a brand-new song in Italian, in one hour, and then perform it live on national television! It was a spellbinding moment that, as in all of Daniel’s AGT performances, brought the judges and America to their feet in fervent applause. Since his 2018 appearances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Daniel has released his acclaimed single “True Reflection” which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Chart, and in addition, Daniel debuted on the Las Vegas strip as a headliner at Caesars Palace for the exclusive run of his show  “All That I Am”.

 

 

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From Instagram to the Stage: "An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee" comes to Utah Tech University

16-time Grammy award-winning musician, composer, and producer DAVID FOSTER and acclaimed singer, television, and Broadway star, KATHARINE MCPHEE are bringing their viral Instagram show on the road.

Coming directly from the Living Room to the stage, this intimate show with the powerhouse duo will be packed with David‘s hits from Chicago, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé etc. and Kat’s biggest songs from American Idol, Smash, and Waitress. Plus some of their favorites that they just love!

 

Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than DAVID FOSTER. He has created hit songs for a diverse array of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, Boz Scaggs, and Gloria Estefan.

Foster is gearing up to take on Broadway with several projects including writing the music for a new musical about the iconic animated character “Betty Boop.” He is also writing the music for a musical based on the Amy Bloom novel and New York Times bestseller “Lucky Us.” 

KATHARINE MCPHEE can most recently be seen starring in the Netflix Original Series COUNTRY COMFORT. Previously she starred as ‘Paige Dineen’ on the CBS’ spy drama SCORPION and was featured in NBC’s award-winning musical series SMASH, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Her other television credits include CSI: NY, COMMUNITY and FAMILY GUY.

Katharine appeared on the big screen in Columbia’s romantic comedy THE HOUSE BUNNY. In addition to her acting career, she finds great success in the music space after her turn on Season 5 of AMERICAN IDOL. Katharine’s first single debuted at #2 on the Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Her debut album landed on the Billboard 200 chart and went gold in 2008.

Katharine also has a presence in theater, having recently starred in both the U.S. and U.K. productions of ‘Waitress’ .

“An Intimate Evening with David Foster and Katharine McPhee” tour is not to be missed. With their impressive backgrounds in music and entertainment, this show is sure to be a night of great music and engaging storytelling. Don’t miss your chance to see these talented artists in person LIVE at the M. K. Cox Performing Arts Center at Utah Tech University, February 17, 2023 – get your tickets now at www.utlive.org.

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DAVID FOSTER AND KATHARINE MCPHEE

February 17, 2023 | 7:30 PM

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GENERAL PUBLIC                          $50 – $125

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BYU Vocal Point: Bringing Music, Meaning, and Service Together

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of experiencing a BYU Vocal Point performance, you are missing out. This male a cappella group, formed in 1991 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, has gained a reputation for their impressive singing skills and entertaining performances that leave audiences feeling joyful and uplifted.

But Vocal Point’s purpose goes beyond just providing entertainment. As the group’s founder, McKay Crockett, stated, “the purpose is to uplift and inspire, to enlighten the hearts and the minds of the people within the sound of our voice to the filling of their souls with joy.” And they take this responsibility seriously, working hard to build upon the legacy left by former members and create innovative and exciting performances that leave a lasting impact on their audiences.

Over the years, Vocal Point has evolved and grown, both in terms of their music and their performances. But despite these changes, the group has managed to maintain the same effect on their audiences – a feeling of joy and positivity. As Crockett noted, “the energy that is spent by the directors by the guys in the group, the sky’s the limit.”

Vocal Point’s success and popularity are a testament to the impact they have on their audiences and the wider community. But the group is always looking to do more and reach even greater heights. They recognize that they have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on others through their music and performances, and they are committed to continuing to do so.

In addition to their concerts and performances, BYU Vocal Point also offers workshops and clinics for aspiring singers and groups. These sessions provide valuable insights and tips for improving vocal technique, stage presence, and more.

The members of Vocal Point are passionate about sharing their love of music and helping others to develop their talents. And their dedication to mentorship and education has helped to foster the next generation of talented singers.

But Vocal Point’s impact extends beyond just their music and performances. The group is also known for their charitable work and community involvement. They have partnered with various organizations to raise funds and awareness for important causes, and they regularly participate in service projects and other activities that give back to their community.

If you are ready for a little uplifting and inspiration, be sure to catch BYU Vocal Point at Utah Tech University on January 28 at the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center. Get your tickets now at www.utlive.org.

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January 28, 2023 | 7:30 PM

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GENERAL PUBLIC                              $25 – $55

STUDENT RUSH                                                $10

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Discovering the Magic of Kat Edmonson's Music

Kat Edmonson’s music is a sultry blend of jazz, pop, and theater influences, brought to life by her smooth, captivating vocals and evocative lyrics. But it’s not just her sound that sets her apart – Edmonson is also known for her dedication to honesty and authenticity in her songwriting, which helps her connect with her audience in a way that is truly magical. Whether she’s singing about heartbreak or joy, Edmonson’s words always feel real and relatable, drawing listeners into her world and leaving them spellbound.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the power of storytelling,” Edmonson said. “Whether it’s through music or through theater and film, I love the way that a good story can transport you to another place and time. I try to bring that same sense of magic to my own music, through the lyrics I write and the way I perform them.”

Edmonson’s music is full of rich, evocative lyrics that paint vivid pictures of people and places. But her performances are just as powerful as her words. With her smooth, sultry voice and commanding stage presence, Edmonson is able to bring her songs to life in a way that is truly captivating.

When it comes to crafting a song, Edmonson believes in writing from the heart and being true to oneself. This dedication to honesty and authenticity shines through in her music, and it’s one of the things that makes her work so memorable. Whether she’s singing about heartbreak or joy, Edmonson’s lyrics always feel real and relatable, helping her to connect with her audience on a deeper level.

In addition to her own songwriting, Edmonson is also deeply influenced by the great artists who have come before her. She has a deep appreciation for the musicians who have paved the way for her, and she works to honor their legacy in her own music. This can be heard in the way she interprets and delivers her songs, which draw on the styles of jazz and pop greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Edmonson’s music is a blend of all these different influences, resulting in a sound that is unique and captivating. She has a true talent for storytelling, and her music is full of emotion and depth. If you’re a fan of powerful vocals and rich, evocative lyrics, then you’ll definitely want to give Kat Edmonson’s music a listen.

Get ready for a night of unforgettable music as Kat Edmonson takes the stage at Utah Tech University on February 10th. This talented singer-songwriter is known for her smooth, captivating vocals and evocative lyrics, which draw inspiration from theater, film, jazz, and pop. Don’t miss your chance to see her live – her performances are not to be missed. Tickets are available now at utlive.org, so don’t wait to get yours.

AN EVENING WITH KAT EDMONSON

February 10, 2023 | 7:30 PM

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GENERAL PUBLIC                              $25 – $55

STUDENT RUSH                                                $10

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BYU Vocal Point: A Night of Dynamic Harmonies, High-Energy Fun, and Unforgettable Performances

If you’re a fan of a cappella music, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see BYU Vocal Point live in concert at the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center at Utah Tech University on January 28, 2023. This group has been impressing audiences for years with their dynamic harmonies, impressive vocal range, and clever arrangements of both classic and contemporary hits.

One of the things that sets BYU Vocal Point apart from other a cappella groups is their impressive vocal range and tight harmonies. The group’s members are all skilled singers, and their ability to blend their voices together seamlessly is truly impressive. From pop and rock to jazz and gospel, there’s something for everyone in BYU Vocal Point’s diverse repertoire.

But don’t just take our word for it – check out some of BYU Vocal Point’s performance videos online and see for yourself why they’re so highly regarded in the a cappella world. From their stunning harmonies to their dynamic stage presence, this group always puts on a show that’s sure to impress.

In addition to their impressive performances, BYU Vocal Point is also known for their playful sense of humor and enthusiasm for what they do. They have a way of making their audience feel like they’re all in it together, creating a sense of community and joy that’s hard to find elsewhere. Their concerts are always upbeat and positive, and they have a way of spreading good vibes to everyone in the audience

So what can you expect from a BYU Vocal Point concert? 

First and foremost, you can expect to be entertained. These talented singers know how to put on a show that’s both musically impressive and visually dynamic. You’ll be tapping your feet and singing along before you know it.

You can also expect to be surprised. BYU Vocal Point is always experimenting with new arrangements and techniques, and they’re not afraid to take risks in the name of making great music. Whether they’re tackling a complex classical piece or turning a pop hit into a funky groove, they always manage to put their own unique spin on things.

BYU Vocal Point is also known for their engaging stage presence and playful personality. Their concerts are always filled with energy and fun, making them a must-see for music lovers of all ages. Whether you’re a die-hard a cappella fan or just looking for a fun night out, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see BYU Vocal Point live in concert.

But it’s not just their musical talent and stage presence that make BYU Vocal Point stand out. They’re also dedicated to their craft, spending countless hours rehearsing and perfecting their arrangements. It’s no surprise that they’ve won numerous awards and accolades over the years, including a national championship and multiple international tour titles.

So don’t wait – get your tickets now for this can’t-miss concert event. BYU Vocal Point is sure to bring down the house with their signature blend of vocal talent and entertainment. Tickets start at just $25. Get your tickets now online at www.utlive.org.

BYU VOCAL POINT

January 28, 2023 | 7:30 PM

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GENERAL PUBLIC                              $25 – $55

STUDENT RUSH                                                $10

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Get Your Tickets Now for a Night of Unforgettable Jazz, Cabaret, and Vintage Pop with Kat Edmonson

Get ready for a night of world-class jazz, cabaret, and vintage pop with UT LIVE’s upcoming concert featuring award-winning songwriter and singer Kat Edmonson on February 10, 2023 at the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center. This concert is presented in partnership with the St. George Jazz Festival, a beloved annual event in Southern Utah that brings top-tier jazz musicians to the region.

Kat Edmonson is a renowned artist with a unique blend of jazz, cabaret, and vintage pop. She has been featured on numerous TV shows, including Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show, and released her sixth studio album, Holiday Swingin’! A Kat Edmonson Christmas Vol. 1, in November 2021. Kat’s fifth album, Dreamers Do, is a critically acclaimed masterpiece that combines mid-20th century Disney songs with familiar classics and features two original songs. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart and received praise from American Songwriter and UNCUT.

In addition to her impressive music career, Kat is known for her love of film and her ability to weave humorous anecdotes, philosophical musings, and her love of film into her live performances. She has a loyal fan base that appreciates her disarming candor and vulnerability on stage, and her band members are skilled at providing sensitive accompaniment that allows her to freely improvise and deviate from the script.

The St. George Jazz Festival is an annual event that brings world-class jazz musicians to the beautiful red rocks of Southern Utah. For over 5 years, the festival has inspired and educated an ever-growing pool of talented young jazz students, and has provided jazz fans with the opportunity to experience some of the most exciting and innovative performances in the modern jazz world. Featuring tremendous performances and clinics by both rising stars and established heroes of the jazz world, the festival is a must-see event for anyone interested in jazz music. In addition to the music, the festival also features food, drinks, and other activities, making it a fun and exciting event for the whole family.

Don’t miss your chance to see Kat Edmonson live at the UT LIVE concert in February and experience the magic of the St. George Jazz Festival. This is sure to be an unforgettable night of jazz, cabaret, and vintage pop, and a great opportunity to celebrate the art of jazz. Get your tickets now and join us for a night of top-tier music and entertainment. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

AN EVENING WITH KAT EDMONSON

February 10, 2023 | 7:30 PM

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GENERAL PUBLIC                              $25 – $55

STUDENT RUSH                                                $10

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CATAPULT

An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredibly lithe dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us – and beyond! Audiences are enthralled as they watch backlit bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, and even a helicopter. It’s a mystery how they do it, and no one knows what they will create next. At every turn, Catapult surprises and delights again and again. Packed with hundreds of shape transformations, this family-friendly show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories.

February 6, 2023 | 7:30 PM

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GENERAL PUBLIC                              $25 – $55

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