There are many opportunities to explore the fine arts in Washington County. With theater productions, art, and concerts, there is no shortage of culture in this desert.
Tuacahn is a world-class entertainment facility and center for the arts nestled in the shadows of red rock cliffs in Ivins. Tuacahn is famous for its spectacular outdoor musical performances, and incredible indoor productions. The following is the lineup for the 2013 Tuacahn Amphitheatre season:
Mary Poppins – June 1 – October 25
Starlight Express – June 8 – October 24
Thoroughly Modern Millie – July 11 – October 22
Expect the Unforgettable and enjoy the pre-show entertainment and a show themed dinner. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance.
Indoor Productions: Mulan, the Stage Musical – June 27 – August 10, and Elf, the Musical -December 11 – December 28
The Utah Shakespearean Festival provides Tony Award-winning Theater where audiences can experience the thrill and tradition of Shakespearean drama alongside modern classic theater.
The 2013 Season, from June 24 to October 19, 2013 offers: King John, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Tempest (June 24 – August 31, 2013); Anything Goes and Twelve Angry Men (June 24 – August 31, 2013); Richard II and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Sept. 19 – Oct. 19, 2013). Peter and the Starcatcher will also be running from June 25th to Oct. 18th.
The Dixie State College of Utah is proud to present quality productions in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theatre. For more information on current shows, please visit their website or call 435-652-7800.
The 2012 to 2013 season will feature the following: Moon Over Buffalo: Sept. 27-29, Oct. 2-6; The Woman Who Amuses Herself: October 18-20, 23-27; Guys and Dolls: Nov. 8-10, 13-17; Henry V: Jan. 31, Feb. 1,2,5-9; The Gondoliers: Feb. 28, March 1,2,5-9.
Cox Performing Arts Center, Dixie State College
Celebrity Concert Series audiences will thrill to some of the finest artists and entertainment available anywhere in the world. From Russian ballet to opera and chamber orchestras – CCS presents world famous artists from all over the world from October 15 to March 29. Season memberships are offered to include all presentations in one season or through individual concert tickets. For tickets please visit their website or call 435-652-7800.
The stunning 2,000-seat outdoor Tanner Amphitheater, nestled beneath the towering cliffs of Zion National Park, provides a perfect setting for their summer Twilight Concert Series on Saturday nights from May 15 through August 29. A multi-discipline series is presented each season including symphony, bluegrass, country, jazz and contemporary dance. Owned and operated by Dixie State College, the facility also features a conference center for classes, workshops and retreats.
Cox Auditorium, Dixie State College
The cornerstone of cultural arts in the area is the Southwest Symphony with Maestro Gary Caldwell, conductor for 20 years and Dr. Robert Briggs, Choral Director. The 81-member orchestra, a chorale of 53 vocalists and a chamber orchestra of 30 members fulfills a role in the community as a viable cultural resource of symphonic music and educational service and is a solid “cultural base” for the area.
Founded in 1994 as part of the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center, the Southern Utah Heritage Choir has become a musical voice for all seasons in Utah’s Color Country. This 200 voice ensemble, consisting of musicians from all walks of life and many different faiths, unites local citizens for special community celebrations, formal concerts, and patriotic events. The choir, under the direction of Floyd Rigby, has presented music throughout America and internationally on concert tours.
The heart of the Kayenta Community in Ivins, Coyote Gulch Art Village is a growing enclave of art galleries, studios, café, gift and coffee shop. Its array of arts-oriented enterprises offers fine art, gifts, photography, events, classes, gourmet food and coffee. An arts center, a retail center, or just a place to relax and explore, the Coyote Gulch Art Village is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Open Daily 10am – 5:30 pm.
This leading Art Museum features fine traveling exhibits of many cultures and times as well as the work of local and regional artists. Located across from the main post office in downtown St. George, the Museum is part of a historic Pioneer Center for the Arts complex. The Family Friendly Discovery Center is always available in the Museum for visitors to experience. Call for current exhibits and programs, or visit the website. Museum hours: Mon. to Sat., 10 am to 5pm, 3rd Thur. 10 am to 9 pm. Admission fee required.