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Big. Blue. Rhapsody in Blue.

Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

Pianist and USU alum Ben Salisbury

Pianist and USU alum Ben Salisbury performs with the USU Symphony Orchestra in an all-Gershwin concert April 23, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center.

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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 Gershwin’s Concerto in F  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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Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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