Art Scene Selections: March 24-31
‘Man and Moon,’ a play by Siena Marilyn Ledger
The rolling world premiere of “Man and Moon” by California playwright Siena Marilyn Ledger makes its first stop at Good Company Theatre in Ogden for a 10-show run opening Thursday. It is “a quiet, beautiful play about the events and changes that connect us,” says Good Company Theatre founder Alicia Washington. Aaron, a transitioning man, meets a 12-year-old outer space aficionado named Luna in the waiting room of a hospital’s oncology unit and together they learn about their own changing bodies and lives. Through the two seemingly different characters, “Man and Moon” explores themes that characterize much of Ledger’s work: the human experience through queer stories.
Thursday through April 10, various days and times; Good Company Theatre, 2404 Wall Ave.; $25; goodcotheatre.com.
Utah Symphony: Beethoven No. 6, presented by Onstage Ogden
Also known as the “Pastoral Symphony” that was first performed in 1808, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 is recognizable from Disney’s animated film “Fantasia.” On Thursday night, Onstage Ogden presents an evening of three select pieces along with No. 6 including Buxtehude’s Chaconne, arranged by Mexico’s great modern composer Carlos Chavez, and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto performed by renowned violinist Augustin Hadlich with conductor Tito Muñoz. A free music detectives class for students and families begins at 6:30 p.m. and a pre-show chat with with USUO Vice President of Artistic Planning Robert Neu and special guests in Room 113 before the show..
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Val A. Browning Center at WSU, 1901 University Circle; $13-$42; onstageogden.org.
Ogden’s Untamed Women Walking Tour
“From Victorian department store workers to notorious madams and everything in between,” the Weber County Heritage Foundation walks you through the footsteps of Ogden’s most groundbreaking women of Historic 25th Street. The free walking tour, on Saturday in celebration of National Women’s Month, is led by WCHF’s Katie Nelson, a history professor at Weber State University and co-host of the “What’sHerName” podcast, which tells the stories of amazing women “you’ve never heard of (but should have).”
Saturday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.; Ogden Municipal Gardens, 343 25th St.; free; facebook.com/WeberCountyHeritageFdtn.
Chamber Orchestra Ogden Concert: Ta’u Pupu’a
In what is promised to be a “Grand Night for Singing” in Ogden, renowned operatic tenor Ta’u Pupu’a returns after four years to perform favorite arias and a couple of non-operatic songs backed by Chamber Orchestra Ogden directed by Michael Palumbo. There will be the music of Capua, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Rogers, Styne, Verdi and more inside the historic 1920s theater.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd.; $8 (children 8-18, veterans, active military and their families are free); chamberorchestraogden.org.
Ogden’s Bach Fest
The Ogden Bach Fest, presented by Onstage Ogden, is back with five days of free community concerts and events celebrating the works of the musical genius. Beginning Monday through April 1, organs will shake the ceilings in churches around town and Bach-inspired vinyl will spin between the choirs and birthday cupcakes. Bach was so influential there is usually a connection between his work and modern musicians like The Beatles, said Onstage Ogden’s Outreach & Events Manager Andrew Barrett Watson, who was inspired to bring the Bach Fest to Ogden based on a similar event in his New Jersey hometown. “These melodies that were playing around in his head in the 17th century are some of the same melodies that you can hear on pop records from artists today,” he said. This year’s concerts will feature performances by NEXT Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, WSU Choir and special guest organist Kenneth Udy, one of the country’s top-rated organists, who frequently makes guest appearances at the Utah Symphony and Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Monday through April 1, various locations and times; free; onstageogden.org.