World Stage! Concert Seriesis a free outdoor musical and cultural experience presented by the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South). The center aims to enrich and strengthen communities by promoting the expression of arts, education, opportunities for economic development and the celebration of human diversity. World Stage! takes the center a step closer to this goal. This year has an interesting and diverse group of performances lined up.
West Valley Symphony: July 15
To kick off the concert series, this orchestra made up entirely by volunteers will perform. Members range from age 17 to 90 and they are from all over the Wasatch Front.
Los Hermanos de Los Andes: July 22
This Andean folk music ensemble, whose purpose is to preserve and share their heritage using ethnic instruments, will perform the second concert of the series. This group wants to educate people about their heritage and bring people together. They use instruments ranging from the modern guitar to native instruments including the charango, quena and wank'ara.
The Mundi Project Piano Ambassadors' "Sunset Sounds in the Valley": July 29
This group provides open access to pianos and innovative performance opportunities that incorporate all the arts. Their focus is on piano, but they do much more than that. They strive to provide a commitment to multidisciplinary art outreach through concerts and workshops for the community.
In-Cahoots: August 5
Tunes and Tails from the Cowboy Trails, a nostalgic ride through the music that shaped the West, will be performed by this group. This performance will include lecture and music, which will be set to historical photography.
World Travelers: August 12
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is teaming up with the Bountiful Davis Art Center to present international folk music and dance traditions. This day will allow you to explore the world.
Asante African Performing Arts: August 19
Asante is made up of children ages 4-18 who come together to learn cultural dance and drum. The choreography comes from as far away as Africa but on occasion also includes parts of hip-hop and jazz.
Smiling Souls: August 26
Smiling Souls combines parts of jazz, reggae, hip-hop, dancehall and old-school funk to create a unique sound. Live brass, experienced musicians and vocals combine to make music from around the world.
Concerts take place every Monday night starting July 15 and continuing through Aug. 26. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 8 p.m. For more information, call 801-965-5100 or visit culturalcelebration.org.