September 15 will mark the release of the album “Red Rock Rondo Live at the Symphony: A Secret Gift.”
A celebratory CD release concert will be presented at the Jeanné Wagner Theater inside the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center at 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $18 at ArtTix, 801-355-2787, or at www.arttix.org.
A Secret Gift is a new Americana song cycle inspired by recently found letters from the Great Depression written in response to an anonymous gift giver on the eve of Christmas in 1933.
Red Rock Rondo is an Emmy Award-winning chamber folk ensemble consisting of six of Utah’s best-known musicians: composer Phillip Bimstein, Kate MacLeod, Hal Cannon, Charlotte Bell, Flavia Cervino-Wood and Harold Carr, performing on piano, guitars, violins, oboe, English horn, concertina, harmonica, bass and vocals.
Bimstein composed the new 14-song cycle for Red Rock Rondo and then scored 8 of the songs for full orchestra and 165-voice choir. Red Rock Rondo performed "A Secret Gift" at Libby Gardner Hall last December with the Salt Lake Symphony, conducted by Robert Baldwin, and the West Jordan High School Concert Choir,