The Crescent Moon Theater will again be teaming with the Symphony of the Canyons to present the 2012-2013 Crescent Moon Concert Series, an evening of beautiful classical and semi-classical musical performances.

Our first concert will be held this Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m. and will feature a return of “Four on the Ivory,” a quartet of four ladies and two pianos, with former Kanab resident Shirley Whittaker, Connie Anderson, Sandra Thorne, and Rebecca Loveless filling in for Marcie Smith.  

Shirley Whittaker grew up in Kanab, studying piano with Lorene Lamb and then graduated as a piano major from SUU. She later studied with concert pianist Lillian Bauer Cox in the California Bay area. She is the daughter of Lowell and Zelma Johnson of Kanab.

Connie Anderson attended Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), and took lessons from Ruth Barrus, a piano and organ teacher at the college. She graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from BYU in Provo in Communications and Public Relations.

Sandra Thorne teaches private lessons to students of all levels in an in-home piano studio. She is president of the Provo/Orem chapter of the Utah Music Teacher’s Association.

Rebecca Loveless originally wanted to play the violin, but her parents enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of seven. She also has taught piano for many years, and hopes to someday go back to school to work towards a music degree.

When asked how the four of them got together, Whittaker said that it was pretty simple. They are all neighbors, and several years ago there was a talent show, and they decided to do a quartet for it. Finding some fun music, they started practicing and even though the talent show was cancelled, they were having too much fun to quit. They found more music, and decided to do a recital, and the rest is history.

We look forward to their performance this coming Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m. Cost: $5.