In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
The ensemble, recent winner of a Best of State medal for Best Vocal Group, currently consists of 40 singers backed up by a 40-piece orchestra. Carol cravers can get their fill of candy cane–shaped chords at the December 6 performance of "Christmas with Utah Chamber Artists", which includes Francis Poulenc's Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël. Two of the most euphonious dual-syllabic composers of all time share the spotlight in the February 28 concert "Bernstein & Mozart: The Long and the Short of It". The program features beloved Utah soprano Celena Shafer performing in Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. 2011 marks the Utah Chamber Artists' 20th anniversary, and on May 2, "The Beverley Sorenson Young Artist Concert" features talented key-tickler Richard Marshall, who, with the choir and orchestra, will play audience favorites from the last two decades, excluding the popular piano remix of "The Macarena."
Upcoming events between April 23, 2010, and May 29, 2010, are fair game (except for The Temptations) for a night at the opera or an evening or morning of symphonics. Surprise a date or impress your favorite ventriloquist dummy with a cultural experience for the ears.