The Bonneville Chamber Music Festival Returns this Weekend

The Bonneville Chamber Music Festival Returns this Weekend

The Bonneville Chamber Music Festival, the first in-person music event of the season from Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts, is back for a memorable weekend of music and fun.

Featuring two evenings of live chamber music, arrangements of songs new and old, and special guest artists, this is an event perfect for all music lovers. The festival also marks the first in-person performance event at the university since live programming was shuttered in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It is my pleasure to invite the community to join us for this year’s Bonneville Chamber Music Festival,” says festival artistic director and Weber State University professor of music Viktor Uzur. “As much as this concert will be a reunion and return to live performance for us on stage, we are overjoyed to share what we’ve prepared over the past few months with audience members who are eager to experience music in-person again.” 

“I don’t want to give away any of the surprises, but the concerts will showcase songs you know by heart in ways you have never heard them played before,” hints Uzur. 

Friday night’s performance, “Classically Jazzed-up Folk Songs,” features favorite folk and pop songs fused with elements of jazz and chamber music in their arrangements. Audience members can look forward to reimagined versions of traditional Americana and international songs played alongside new arrangements of classic hits from artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Vivaldi and Queen. 
Saturday’s performance, “Schumann & Brahms” leans into one of classical music’s most infamous legends and tangled love triangles to explore the music of German romantic composers Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. A quartet featuring musicians from Weber State University, Utah State University, the University of Utah and the University of New Mexico collaborate to tell the story of the two men, their friendship, and the feelings they both harbored for Schumann’s wife, Clara. 

Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Val A Browning Center for the Performing Arts in Ogden, Utah. The Saturday evening performance will be dedicated to the victims of 9/11 on the twentieth anniversary of the attacks. 

Tickets can be purchased at weberstatetickets.com or by calling the box office at (801) 626-8500.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.