Sanpete students to perform
in Richfield Christmas concert
By Linda Petersen
Nov. 23, 2017
RICHFIELD—Five local orchestra students will have the opportunity to perform alongside singer/songwriter Peter Breinholt in a special Christmas concert in Richfield on Dec. 7.
Those students who will join Breinholt during the “Holiday Musical Extravaganza” sponsored by the Central Utah Educational Service (CUES) include Tanner and Emily Kerksiek of North Sanpete Middle School, Jamie Walker of North Sanpete High School and Jasmin and Christina Carter of Gunnison Valley High School.
The concert will also feature close to 20 students from the school districts CUES serves.
“It will be a memorable show and a fantastic opportunity for those students to participate with and learn from an accomplished musician such as Peter (Breinholt),” CUES trainer and concert organizer Brandon Harrison said.
Breinholt, a well-known Utah artist, originally hails from Pennsylvania. His family moved to Utah when his father took a teaching position at the University of Utah.
As a U. of U. student, Breinholt began performing around Salt Lake City and started composing. Since that beginning, he has released six albums and a concert DVD, along with award-winning TV and film scores.
Last year Gov. Gary Herbert awarded him the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for a lifetime of achievement in the arts.
“Part of what I love about performing,” Breinholt said, “is that I get to sometimes feel a connection with people in the audience, even if I haven’t spoken with them. It goes beyond language.”
On the upcoming concert and the opportunity to perform with local high school students, he added, “And when you have a show where members of the community are up on stage with you, performing your songs alongside you, it’s the same thing but even better. I’m very excited to be doing songs with local musicians, most of whom are teenagers.”
The concert will be held in the Richfield High School auditorium, 495 W. Center, Richfield, on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any CUES region high school (including North Sanpete, Manti and Gunnison Valley), at the CUES office in Richfield (820 N Main, Suite 3), as well as requested online at bit.ly/CUESconcert or by calling Harrison at 896-7259.
CUES service centers serve more than 14,000 students in the North Sanpete, South Sanpete, Tintic, Juab, Sevier, Piute, and Wayne school districts.