Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce the performance schedule for the 2014 Mondays in the Park summer concert series. Featuring Utah artists and presented by Excellence in the Community and Utah Arts & Museums, these events feature music and dance performances rooted in the traditions of Utah’s ethnic communities.
“Mondays in the Park concerts are a great summer tradition,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We have an excellent lineup of performing artists this year. We encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs, friends and family to join us for outdoor evenings celebrating Utah’s rich cultural heritage. We’ve also invited a selection of local craft artists to participate and display their work.”
Mondays in the Park concerts are held selected Mondays in July and August at 6:45 p.m. on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the center of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Attendees can enter the park from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East.
Khemera Cambodian Dance Troupe was founded in 2000 by a group of young adults who wanted to help preserve the performing arts of Cambodia. Since that time, the troupe has shared more than 20 dances from the Khmer dance repertoire at various festivals in Utah and Wyoming.
Kenshin Taiko is a Salt Lake City-based group of international musicians dedicated to sharing this art form and the culture of the country where it originated. The group was founded by Laura Olson and Denise Nakashima, as taught by Kirstin Pauca, a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Dojo in Hawaii. “Taiko” is Japanese for “drum.”
Yunuen Carrillo is one of Utah’s top mariachi music singers. Her stage presence, charisma and hard work have resulted in invitations to perform at many of the most important events in Utah’s Latin community. She has performed at well-known arts venues in Mexico, where she studied Mexican folklore, music and theater. Carrillo will be accompanied by experienced musicians and dancers.
Kargi Kala Kendra performs in the tradition of Bharata Natyam dance and is led by Sudha Kargi, a teacher and choreographer who studied in Chennai, India. She is the recipient of many fellowship awards from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, including the commission’s Governor’s Award in the Arts.
Amoon & Goga Group is an ensemble that has been playing traditional Pakistani music for 10 years. They often play at Pakistani community celebrations. All are residents of Utah.
Courtney Smith Gospel Group’s Courtney Smith started playing the piano by ear at age three, and by six he was playing gospel music at Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church. He earned a degree in music composition from the University of Utah and is fluent in jazz, R&B, rock and classical styles. Smith brings a talented group of artists together for a night that celebrates and honors the roots of gospel music.
Nino Reyos is of Laguna Pueblo and Ute heritage and is the founder of Two Shields Production Company. A teacher and an artist, Reyos is a master of the Native American flute and plays both traditional tunes and those of his own composition.
Harry James, born on the Navajo reservation, sings songs and promotes important traditions of his Diné heritage. An elder, veteran and community organizer, he weaves songs and stories accompanied by the hand drum.
Rio Bravo Band has played Tex-Mex conjunto music for almost every Living Traditions Festival for 29 years. Established by Anastacio and Elisa Castillo, the band’s second generation — daughters Chrystal and Sonya, and grandson Vinnie — play music from Texas, Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Monika Jalili Quartet brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through music and poetry. Jalili’s entrancing selection of songs spans time and place; traditional Persian folk favorites stand alongside love songs from the 1940s to 1970s, a time of great cultural change in Iran. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, her musicians combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music.