Celebrating the poetry of the air.
Musicfest features the highest caliber local and regional musicians, performing a wide variety of music genres, including classical, jazz, folk, and traditional music from cultures worldwide. Each concert is eclectic, engaging, and fulfilling while providing our patrons access to concerts that enhance our community and enrich our local arts and music cultural scene.
Concerts happen quarterly. Each concert is one hour, a perfect length for a night out with friends and family. Maybe you can enjoy an ice cream at Blacksmith's after the concert!
To keep these events accessible to everyone within our community, we are looking to our community to help fund these events. If you enjoy quality live shows and would like to help support these efforts, please consider donating. Every dollar helps.
October 06 - Voice of the Reed
January 19 - Winter Nocturne
April 13 - TBA
June 01 - TBA
Voice of the Reed
Musicfest will feature two hauntingly beautiful instruments that are rarely heard outside of the orchestra, yet should be! Come wrap yourself in the soulful and unique sounds of the woodwind world.
Luca de la Florin - Oboe
Jessica Wiley - Bassoon
Donna Stoering - Piano
Sonata for Oboe and Piano by Camille Saint-Saëns
II. Ad libitum – Allegretto – Ad libitum
Performed by Luca de la Florin, oboe, and Donna Stoering, piano
Sonatine for Bassoon and Piano by Alexandre Tansman
I. Allegro con moto
Performed by Jessica Wiley, bassoon, and Donna Stoering, piano
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performed by Luca de la Florin, oboe, Jessica Wiley, bassoon, and Donna Stoering, piano
Reflets dans l’eau by Claude Debussy
Performed by Donna Stoering, piano
About The Performers
Luca de la Florin – Oboe
Luca de la Florin is an active freelance oboist in Salt Lake City, Utah and is on faculty with Utah Valley University and Snow College. Florin holds the principal position with The Missouri Symphony and Sinfonia Salt Lake as well as performing with orchestras across the United States including the Utah, Detroit, Toledo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Dexter, and Kalamazoo Symphonies, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. Florin has performed under the baton of many leading conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Courtney Lewis, Leonard Slatkin, Thierry Fischer, Rossen Millanov, Hans Graf, Donato Cabrera, Kirk Trevor and many more. In addition to orchestral playing, Florin is an active chamber musician as oboist for the Aspen Winds woodwind quintet. He has appeared as soloist with the Utah Philharmonia, Sewanee Festival Orchestra, Albion Symphony Orchestra, and the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. Florin has recorded multiple times with the Naxos and Bridge labels.
Jessica Wiley – Bassoon
Bassoonist, Jessica Wiley, is passionate about community outreach through music, and has performed in small assorted instrumental groups in venues varying from school gyms to the Chateau Brandýs nad Labem in the Czech Republic. With a love for creating intimate connections with a wide range of
audiences, she has created concerts ranging in repertoire from Ravel's Mother Goose Suite to Mozart’s B-flat Concerto for Bassoon. Known for instilling passion for bassoon and a love of learning in her students, Wiley runs a bassoon studio in Salt Lake City, is Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at Snow College, and serves in the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City. As a soloist, Wiley has won several concerto competitions including the Utah Valley University concerto competition, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival concerto competition, Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and the University of Utah concerto competition. She currently serves as Principal Bassoon of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra and as the primary substitute bassoonist for the Ballet West Orchestra. She received her undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University, studying under Brian Hicks, her master’s degree in bassoon performance from the University of Utah, under Lori Wike, a Performance Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music, with tutelage from Frank Morelli, and her Doctor of Musical Arts with a minor in entrepreneurship from the University of Utah under Dr. Jennifer Rhodes. Wiley’s research focuses on Black excellence in classical music, specifically in relation to bassoon solo and chamber music by African American composers. An exciting update is that a series of her articles will be published in the International Double Reed Society Journal beginning in January of 2023.
Donna Stoering – Piano
Donna Stoering is an award-winning recording artist, concert pianist, artist mentor/educator, festival director, keynote speaker, television host/producer, and social entrepreneur who has represented both the UK and USA as an Artistic Ambassador worldwide. Founder of the award-winning nonprofit ListenForLife.org and a protégé of the late Sir Georg Solti, she has been the subject of special programs on the BBC, Hong Kong Radio & TV, NPR and PBS stations, and the national networks of many other countries. While a Marshall Scholar, Donna was appointed head of the piano department at the University of York, and later served as Artist in Residence at Oxford University. Alongside this work, she has continued to perform solo recitals, chamber music, and concerti with orchestras worldwide, from Carnegie Hall and the Salzburg Mozarteum to repeated tours of Russia and Asia, to unusual destinations like Bosnia and Turkmenistan. She also continues to perform/record as a collaborative pianist with opera stars of La Scala, the Royal Opera, the Bolshoi, and the Met. Donna has given numerous premieres of both piano and vocal works, adjudicated for national and international competitions, and enjoys giving masterclasses or pedagogy workshops at universities and Piano Teachers’ Associations. In February 2022, she will be launching a nationally broadcast concert series, filmed and recorded in Salt Lake.
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