[Salt Lake County]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra for the Four String Festival and Concert featuring the internationally renowned Fry Street Quartet. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

“We are very excited to receive this funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bringing the Fry Street Quartet to our part of the state will be an opportunity not to be missed by young musicians who realize the incredible opportunity this grant enables the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra to host these internationally renowned and high caliber mentors and clinicians to the Four String Festival,” responded LeAnn Hord, Executive Director, when she received the award announcement.

The Four String Festival and Concert will take place at The Waterford School located in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, April 22, 2017. All youth orchestral string players are invited to attend this fun educational opportunity! Participants will join together to learn orchestral works by Rossini, Bizet, and Beethoven! As participants meet in groups to rehearse during the first half of the day, they will receive coaching by the Fry String Quartet members. There will also be an opportunity to attend a masterclass led by each of the members of the quartet.

The day will culminate with an afternoon performance featuring the participants performing side-by-side with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra! “An exciting day full of learning with the Fry Street Quartet and the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra musicians is an opportunity not to be missed!” noted the Four String Festival administrator, Denisse Vallecillos.

In addition, the Fry Street Quartet and the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a special concert that evening at 7:30 P.M. All participants, families, and friends are invited to attend. Registered Four String Festival participants will receive complimentary passes for this concert. Limited seating is available for the Four String Festival, especially the Master Classes.

Registration is open and online at www.utahphil.org. Box lunch and concert tickets may be purchased at the same time for friends and family.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

About the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra (UPO)

Founded in 1999, the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra mission is to ignite musical passion and increase access to the arts in our communities. Under the direction of Ty Turley-Trejo, UPO performs 7-10 concerts each year in collaboration with a diverse array of community groups and guest artists. To learn more visit www.utahphil.org.

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Contact: LeAnn Hord

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