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Don’t miss these performing art shows coming to Murray

Oct 03, 2019 11:49AM ● By Shaun Delliskave

Murray Symphony will present a night of music and magic with magician Brooklyn Tanner. (Photo courtesy Murray Symphony)

By Shaun Delliskave | [email protected]

It’s a season of Murray favorites plus some new additions to Murray’s performing art scene. Murrayites will have a monthly slate of exceptional performances of music, dance, theater and visual art through April.

Murray Symphony

The Murray Symphony brings in special guest Magic Brooklyn for its Tales of Music & Magic, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Hillcrest Junior High School auditorium. According to conductor Julie Christofferson, “Our first program is designed especially for children of all ages—Tales of Magic & Music. Music linked to magical stories, both old and new, will ignite and delight your imagination. We will also feature professional magician Brooklyn Tanner. Prepare to be astonished! We invite you and your children to participate in our annual costume parade to the music of Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s ‘Procession of the Sardar’ and much more.” Tickets are $6.

Warm-up your windpipes and prepare to sing along with the symphony’s Winterfest, Dec. 7, at Hillcrest Junior High School. Free admission with a donation to charity. 

In February, the British are coming! The British are coming, as the Symphony plays the works of Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Percy Grainger for its Crown Imperial concert. The event is Feb. 19, 2020, 7 p.m. at Murray High School.


In April, the symphony pays “Homage to Overtures,” featuring the most recognized and inspiring music of Brahms, von Suppé and Mozart. The event is April 25, 2020, 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Junior High School.

Murray Concert Band

Are you asking what the difference is between a symphony and a band? The significant difference between band and orchestra is the presence of stringed instruments from the violin family. Bands also focus less on playing full movements and more on playing individual songs.

Still want more clarity? Then attend a Murray Concert Band performance. Under the baton of Dr. Craig Ferrin, the band will perform fall, winter and spring concerts. The band is also currently looking for new members.

The band’s fall concert lands on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.; winter concert on Jan. 18, 2020 and spring concert on March 21, 2020. All concerts are performed in the Hillcrest Junior High auditorium.


Missoula Children’s Theatre stops into town to perform “Pinocchio” with Murray Cultural Arts. Watch 50 local students bring the timeless tale of Pinocchio to life, as he learns how to become a real boy. Two performances: Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Junior High.

The Utah Folklore Festival 2019 will celebrate at Murray High School, featuring a celebration of traditions and cultural heritage with folkloric dance and live music performed by dance teams from across the United States, Latin America and Pacific Islands. The festival is Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

If it’s October, then a little masquerade is in order. The Lyrical Opera Theater brings the opera experience to Murray, putting on an evening of 19th-century intrigue and fantasy, featuring dinner, singing, dancing, magic, costumes and games. Desert Star Playhouse hosts the event on Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Visual Arts 

Murray City Cultural Arts is hosting its annual Adult Juried Art Show during the month of November. The show will feature artworks of Murray residents, 18 and older, in the mediums of watercolor, oil and acrylic, graphics (pencil, pastel, pen and ink), photography (original and digitally enhanced), mixed medium, ceramics and woodwork.

Both professional and amateur artists will display their work. Artwork will be shown at the Murray Library, where visitors will be invited to cast votes for favorite works, some of which will be added to the city’s art collection. The show runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 18, ending with an awards reception where the winners of best-of-show and people’s choice awards will be announced.