The Springville Arts Commission welcomes the Wagstaff Trio performing for the Sunday Concert Series on October 15, at the Springville Museum of Art, at 4:30 p.m. This concert is free to the public.
The Wagstaff Trio is a newly formed group coming from across Utah; violinist Miriam Wagtaff, 17, resides in Tropic; clarinetist Alec Saeva ,17, calls North Salt Lake home; and pianist Zac Adamson, 23, is a Senior studying piano performance at BYU. Zac and Miriam have collaborated musically many times. Alec and Miriam met when both attended the Beethoven Festival Young Artist Institute last July.
Miriam Wagstaff, 17, lives with her artist parents, Clay & Rebecca Wagstaff, and currently studies violin with BYU Professor Monte Belknap. Miriam enjoys orchestra, serving as Concertmaster and Principal Viola at various times during the years she participated in the Lyceum Orchestra programs. She is also an award-winning fiddler.
Miriam performed the Dávid Viola Concerto with the Utah Symphony as the All-Star Evening soloist in 2016. Most recently she soloed the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra in May 2017, and with the Lyceum Symphony Orchestra in Libby Gardner Hall, March 2017.
Miriam has also soloed with the Utah Valley Symphony, with Southwest Symphony Orchestra and with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. She has performed the past two years at the invitational Vivace Concert at the Covey Center, and several times at LobbyFest at Abravanel Hall.
Awards include 1st place online Great Composers of the Mediterranean Competition 2017; 3rd place Enkor Online Int’l Strings (viola) Competition 2016; 2nd place online Great Composers Mozart competition 2017; top prizewinner Utah Div. Int’l Stradivarius Violin Competition 2016; 3rd place Enkor Online International Violin Competition 2016; 1st place Utah Baroque Ensemble Scholarship Competition 2015; Honorable Mention National ASTA Solo Competition Junior Division Viola 2015. Miriam attended Meadowmount School of Music (2015); Idyllwild Chamber Festival (2016); Beethoven Festival Young Artist Institute (2017), all on scholarship.
The November 19 concert will feature The Red Desert Ramblers, who play Bluegrass, Classic Country and Swing music blending harmonies with smoking instrumental breaks. They have been honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association by being the first Utah Band (and Sharon is the first hammered dulcimer player) to EVER be hired for an IBMA performance and were the only bluegrass band featured at the Mountain West Conference of the Arts. Members have won several awards including Sharon as best Utah dulcimer player and Rick Martinez as best banjo player for IAMA.