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Summarized by Deseret Book Press Release

Utah's Stars Shine Bright, Only for One Night

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Utahns will have the unprecedented opportunity to enjoy three favorite performers in residence during one concert event when MICHAEL MCLEAN, LEX DE AZEVEDO and KURT BESTOR share the Kingsbury Hall stage during the Shadow Mountain Showcase 2000 concert scheduled for August 22.

Also scheduled to perform is violinist JENNY OAKS BAKER. Earlier this summer, 25-year-old Baker, a Salt Lake City native, won a coveted chair in the violin section of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Her most recent Utah performance was at "An Evening of Celebration" in honor of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's ninetieth birthday.

The concert is an activity of the LDS Booksellers Association Convention, held annually in Salt Lake City, but a generous number of tickets are being made available to the general public.

Says Laurel Christensen of Shadow Mountain, "Our customers are the reason we and our booksellers remain in business. We would never consider producing such a great show without providing them the chance to enjoy it with us."

Guests will also be treated to performances from Pearl Award winners Hilary Weeks and Brett Raymond, tenor George Dyer, classical guitarists The Small/Torres Guitar Duo and newcomers soprano Christina England and singer-songwriter Doug Walker.

MICHAEL McLEAN is perhaps best known for his Christmas story, The Forgotten Carols, and its accompanying soundtrack, so much so that attending a McLean performance of The Forgotten Carols has become a Christmas tradition for thousands of McLean's fans. He has released 19 other musical albums, while his commercial work has been honored with the advertising industry's prestigious Cleo Award and the Cannes Film Festival's Bronze Lion.

While KURT BESTOR is also best known for a series of popular Christmas concerts and for his innovative interpretation of seasonal carols on the albums Kurt Bestor Christmas, Volumes One and Two, his credits include more than 30 film scores and over 40 themes for national TV programs and commercials. Bestor's music has introduced Good Morning America, NFL Monday Night Football, and ABC's Sunday Night Movie.

Contemporary classical composer LEX DE AZEVEDO made history in 1999 with the world debut performance of his epic oratorio The Life of Christ: Gloria at the Citadel, Tower of David Museum, within the Old City of Jerusalem. The concert was later televised on Hallmark's cable station, the Odyssey Channel, and Utah's KSL-TV. The soundtrack recordings he has composed for the popular Saturday's Warrior and My Turn on Earth have both been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, indicating sales in excess of 500,000 copies each.

All three headliners will release albums through Shadow Mountain within the next 12 months: Michael Sings McLean, by Michael McLean; The Life of Christ: Hosanna, by Lex de Azevedo; and Lamb of God, Motion Picture Soundtrack, by Kurt Bestor.

Shadow Mountain Showcase 2000 begins at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 22 at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. Tickets are $15 and $12, and may be purchased at the Kingsbury Hall box office and at all Art Tix outlets (801-355-ARTS). For more information, please call 801-517-3300.


Utah's Stars Shine Bright, Only for One Night
Deseret Book Press Release 7Aug00 A3


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