Monday night launches this week with not one, but two fine concerts featuring piano music, albeit of different varieties.
The stellar Jazz at the Capitol series resumes its abbreviated season this week with pianist Kenny Barron leading his quintet into town for what may be one of the best nights of jazz music (or any other kind) for the year. This should be a blast, and if you're new to the jazz realm could mark a perfect introduction for what makes these sounds so appealing and enduring. Tickets remain on sale for the 7:30 p.m. concert.
Not to be outdone, Abravanel Hall is hosting pianist Jason Hardink, who will conclude his lecture-concert series about Beethoven's sonatas with a performance Monday night focusing on the latter sonatas of the "Greatest Composer." As with Barron's concert, this should be a terrific evening featuring revered music. Tickets are $10.
On Wednesday, there are again some tough choices to be made as two quality concerts are in town the same night. Head For The Hills, based in Fort Collins, Colo., return to Salt Lake City's State Room for an 8 p.m. concert. The acoustic quartet has steadily focused on improving songs as their ability to burn through solos has never really been questioned. Tickets are $12. Dead Winter Carpenters will open the show.
Tickets remain on sale at Over at The Urban Lounge, indie-folk singer William Fitzsimmons brings his moody sound in for a 9 p.m. headlining show.
And this week also marks the arrival of the traveling production of Disney's "The Beauty and The Beast" at the Capitol Theatre, which will through Saturday. Tickets are available for various performances.
And at Abravanel Hall on Monday night, pianist Jason Hardink will conclude his three-part series on Beethoven's sonatas with a one-hour performance and lecture starting at 7 p.m. This installment focuses on the "Greatest Composer's" latter piano sonatas. Tickets are $10 and remain on sale.