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(Photo courtesy of Disney Channel/Image Group LA) Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo star in the made-in-Utah series "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series."

Utah is at the center of purported musical battle between ‘High School Musical’ stars

By Scott D. Pierce | January 15, 2021, 9:19 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) The marquee of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City. The theater, home to Ballet West and Utah Opera, is one of four Salt Lake County-operated arts venues that will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salt Lake County will keep its art venues closed through February because of COVID-19 concerns

By Sean P. Means | December 18, 2020, 8:14 p.m.

(Sydney Takeshta | Courtesy of Lindseystomp/Concord Records) Electronic-dance violinist Lindsey Stirling has produced a Christmas TV special, "Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays," which she will offer as a pay-per-view livestream on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

Here’s how to watch violinist rock star Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas TV special

By Sean P. Means | December 10, 2020, 8:34 p.m.

(Lynn Goldsmith | Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media) Rock musician Todd Rundgren is going to perform a 25-city virtual tour in early 2021, with each show tailored to a different city. A show dedicated to Salt Lake City is set for March 13, 2021.

Rocker Todd Rundgren plans a 25-city virtual tour, including a ‘stop’ in Salt Lake City

By Sean P. Means | December 4, 2020, 8:34 p.m.

(Melinda Sue Gordon  |  Photo courtesy of Netflix) Indiana high school students Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman, left) and Alyssa Greene (Ariana DeBose) get the prom of their dreams, in the movie musical "The Prom."

Review: ‘The Prom’ is an energetic high-school musical with laughs and heart

By Sean P. Means | December 3, 2020, 7:27 p.m.

(Casey Welch  |  Photo courtesy of The 5 Browns) The Utah-raised piano quintet The 5 Browns — from left, Gregory, Desirae, Deondra, Melody and Ryan — will perform a livestreamed benefit concert from Utah Valley University's Noorda Center on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Venues are closed, so Utah arts groups are streaming their holiday cheer

By Sean P. Means | November 30, 2020, 11:38 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Tyler Glenn — seen here performing at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the Loveloud Festival in 2018 — posted Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, on his social-media accounts that he was recovering from a stroke.

Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Utah-founded band Neon Trees, is recovering from a stroke

By Sean P. Means | November 25, 2020, 1:05 a.m.

(Photo courtesy of Purdie Distribution) John (Michael McLean, left) relates a story to Constance (Adrien Swenson), a nurse sent to care for the old man, in the movie version of McLean's "The Forgotten Carols."

Utah songwriter brings ‘Forgotten Carols’ to movie screens, after 29 years of live shows and rewrites

By Sean P. Means | November 20, 2020, 8:31 p.m.

(Scott Jarvie  |  Photo courtesy Sony Masterworks) The Utah-based instrumental classical-pop act The Piano Guys — Paul Anderson, left, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson and Al van der Beek — have released their 10th album in 10 years, called "10."

The Piano Guys, Utah’s viral-video classical-pop group, marks 10 years with a new album

By Sean P. Means | November 20, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

(Luke Isley  |  File photo courtesy of Ballet West) Artists of Ballet West perform in "The Waltz of the Flowers," from "The Nutcracker." The 2020 edition of the holiday classic has been canceled, after Salt Lake County closed Capitol Theatre and three other venues for the Christmas season. A recording of Ballet West's 2019 production will air Dec. 24 and 25, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021, on KSL-TV.

‘Nutcracker,’ Kurt Bestor, Utah Symphony cancel Christmas shows after COVID-19 closes venues

By Sean P. Means | November 19, 2020, 7:04 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) With bands no longer able to tour due to the pandemic, local musician Nick Passey, from the band Folk Hogan, decided that he could help them generate a little additional income by selling their records via Record Spread, a monthly music subscription service.

Utah-based album of the month club aims to help musicians hurt by the pandemic

By Eric Walden | November 6, 2020, 2:37 p.m.

(Cheryl Mazak  |  courtesy Kirschbaum Associates Inc.) Violinist Pinchas Zukerman will perform with and conduct the Utah Symphony, Nov. 19-21, 2020.

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman added to Utah Symphony line-up, for shows Nov. 19-21

By Sean P. Means | November 3, 2020, 12:56 a.m.

(Scott Sommerdorf  |  Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Lisa Sewell, seen here during the 2010 Utah Arts Festival, is stepping down as the festival's executive director, a job she has held since October 2006.

Utah Arts Festival director leaving after 14 years; assistant director will take over

By Sean P. Means | October 29, 2020, 6:28 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Bob Carey) The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" in a livestreamed concert on Dec. 18, 2020, instead of a tour, because of concerns over the coronavirus.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, without a 2020 tour, will perform ‘Christmas Eve’ online on Dec. 18

By Sean P. Means | October 23, 2020, 6:04 p.m.

(Image courtesy of Festival of Trees) The logo for the 50th annual Festival of Trees, set for Dec. 1-5, 2020, in Vivint Smart Home Arena in downtown Salt Lake City. The event "is being reimagined" for online viewing, organizers said at a news conference on Oct. 22, 2020.

Utah’s Festival of Trees is moving to The Viv, ‘reimagined’ for virtual viewing

By Sean P. Means | October 22, 2020, 9:03 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Jay Warren, pictured Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, is an R&B singer from Salt Lake City whose debut album "Give Love" recently charted on iTunes.

With a new album, Jay Warren proves Utah can be a place to make R&B music

By Sean P. Means | October 18, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

(Chris Pizzello | AP) Post Malone accepts the top artist award at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Post Malone owns Billboard Awards, John Legend shines onstage

By Mesfin Fekadu | The Associated Press | October 15, 2020, 1:41 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)  Donny Osmond sings "You Raise Me Up" during the gala celebrating the 95th birthday of President Russell M. Nelson, Friday, September 6, 2019, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

'Pastor’ Donny Osmond performs wedding in amazing technicolor dreamcoat

By Emily McFarlan Miller | Religion News Service | October 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo) Thierry Fischer, principal conductor and music director of the Utah Symphony, working with the Cottonwood High School symphony in March 2019. Fischer, the Utah Symphony's conductor since 2009, will extend his contract through August 2023, the symphony announced Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

Conductor Thierry Fischer will extend his Utah Symphony contract until 2023

By Sean P. Means | October 12, 2020, 10:18 p.m.

(Carlos Osorio | AP file photo) This July 14, 1984 file photo shows Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, performing "Beat It" with Michael Jackson during Jackson's Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas. Van Halen, who had battled mouth cancer, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. He was 65.

Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer at 65

By Mark Kennedy and Mesfin Fekadu | AP Entertainment Writer | October 6, 2020, 11:41 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of the University of Utah) Tony Saad, left, and James Sutherland, chemical engineers at the University of Utah, applied their research in "computational fluid dynamics" to create computer models of airflow on the stages of Abravanel Hall and the Capitol Theatre. The research is helping organizations make performance spaces safer amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Utah Opera’s return, engineers study how air can flow safely through Capitol Theatre

By Sean P. Means | October 4, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

(Tribune file photo) Utah musician and composer Kurt Bestor will perform his annual Christmas concerts Dec. 10-12, 2020, at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City — with a smaller, socially distanced audience, and performers and audience all wearing masks.

Kurt Bestor’s Christmas concerts will go on — with a smaller audience everyone in masks

By Sean P. Means | October 1, 2020, 7:39 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Steven Brosvik, named president and CEO of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, is pictured at Abravanel Hall as the Utah Symphony prepares for its first concerts since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The first shows will feature the string section, no brass or woodwinds (because they can't play wearing masks), spaced far apart on the stage.

Utah Symphony begins a new season with a new CEO, and new challenges from COVID-19

By Sean P. Means | September 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: We can’t let the music die. We need to bail out small concert venues.

By Robert Gehrke | September 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Thierry Fischer, conductor and music director of the Utah Symphony, will be back leading Utah Symphony — for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live performances — with shows Sept. 17-19, 2020, at Abravanel Hall.

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera will start the fall with shorter programs, smaller audiences

By Sean P. Means | September 2, 2020, 12:45 a.m.