In our short history, we've already made a big difference-because of you!
West Side STory
JUNE 15-30, 2018
West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Two teens from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective gangs build toward tragedy. Toni Butler directed this touching classic with a live, 30 piece orchestra directed by Michelle Willis and music direction by Erin Walker.
March 19, 2018
Kensington Symphony Orchestra was delighted to accompany six talented soloists as they performed impressive concerto pieces. Kensington also entertained the audience with pieces such as 1941 by John Williams, Fiddles on Fire by Mark Williams, and Mary Poppins by The Sherman Brothers, arranged by Sean O’Loughlin.
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
FEBRUARY 16-26, 2018
Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invited the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. Kensington Symphony Orchestra members once again had the wonderful opportunity to provide a live pit orchestra for the Kensington Theatre Company players on stage.
joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat
november 3-11, 2017
Students in Grades 3-9 at Early Light Academy were thrilled to have a full pit orchestra underneath their feet for their annual school production. Playing to nearly-sold-out audiences every show, Andrew Lloyd Webber's fun and frolicsome musical delighted both young and old.
JENNY OAKS BAKER & FAMILY FOUR
October 28, 2017
Grammy-nominated violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, joins the combined forces of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and Utah Philharmonic Orchestra to present a concert of great music for the entire family. Hear Jenny's four children play magnificent music right along with their mother and mentor.
3 is a magic number: ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CONCERT
October 6, 2017
The full ensemble presented a delightful selection of pieces that revolved around the number 3, trios, and trilogies. Guest artists included the HHS Ballroom Team performing "Vampire Masquerade" and dancers from Simply Ballet Studio in Herriman, UT.
AUGUST 11-12, 2017
8 members of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra joined TBC (Theatre Boot Camp) teens for an exciting 5 performances in 2 days. We all found our "Corner of the Sky" as we shared this musical to sold-out audiences for every show.
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
June 16-26, 2017
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory lit up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka was a scrumdidilyumptious musical that delighted everyone's sweet tooth.
MARCH 20, 2017
Kensington Symphony Orchestra joined the Early Light Academy Band and Orchestra for a side-by-side concert of great music that connected to that precious metal we call gold: "Palladio" by Karl Jenkins, "Dragon Dances", "Brave", "Old Time Rock and Roll", "William Told Too Much", "Hoe Down" by Aaron Copland, "Dr. Who", and "Themes fro 007". The concert was to help the school start earning money for a 6-foot grand piano for the main theater.
WORLD PREMIERE OF PRINCESS ACADEMY
Based on the Newberry Honor book Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, this brand-new musical delighted audiences in 10 thrilling performances. With script and music by Katie Brown and arrangements/orchestration by Michelle Willis, Princess Academy was a treat for young and old.
This cast featured young actors ages 10-19, with stellar performances by Jacob Ericksen as Jean Valejean , Geoff Beckstrand as Javert, Tanner Tate as Marius, Lily Graham as Cosette, and Tevyn McPeak as Thenardier. A thrilling and beautiful musical story, the seats were sold out numerous nights to witness this amazing production.
Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
For the second and third year in a row, South Pointe Ballet combined with conductor Michelle Willis to present Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite The Nutcracker. The production was one of only a few in the Salt Lake Valley that featured a live orchestra.
Kensington Theatre Company (formally South Jordan Community Theatre) presented Annie with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra.
"America the Beautiful"
The Avanti Orchestra (now Kensington Symphony Orchestra) joined forces with the Timpanogos Chorale for two evenings of American-inspired music. Audience members were treated to favorites such as "Shenendoah", "Amazing Grace", and the inspiring "Battle Hymn of the Republic".