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Big. Blue. Rhapsody in Blue.

Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

Big. Blue. Rhapsody in Blue.

Guest Pianist and Alum Ben Salisbury Joins USU Symphony Orchestra for Concert

                LOGAN — The Department of Music at the Caine College of the Arts presents “Big. Blue. Rhapsody in Blue” — the Utah State University Symphony Orchestra spring concert — April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in The Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature pianist Ben Salisbury.

                Salisbury was raised on a farm near Cache Junction and grew up with a love of Broadway music influenced by his father, Floyd Salisbury, who directed many full-scale musical productions at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan. He began formal piano lessons at the age of 7, and became a member of the USU Youth Conservatory soon after.

                Salisbury later completed a bachelor of music degree from USU (summa cum laude). He collaborates frequently with the USU Operas and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company. He completed a master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Salisbury and his wife founded the Gerona Rose Music Studio in Los Angeles in 2007. They, along with their two boys, currently reside in Los Angeles.

                The orchestra will perform “An American in Paris” and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. It will also perform “Concerto in F” by Gershwin, with Salisbury.

                Tickets for the concert are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or see the college’s Production Services website (

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