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Jul 04, 2015

The largest group to participate in the Showcase was the 220 voice American Festival Choir and Orchestra from Logan UT and the surrounding region. The chorus was founded and is conducted by Dr Craig Jessop, Dean of the Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University and former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir & orchestra performed a series of hymns, including the much loved LDS hymn, Come, Come Ye Saints, recalling the hardships of the Mormon trek west and the reward awaiting the faithful. They closed the Showcase by offering a choral benediction on the evening, The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

Jul 02, 2015

The American Festival Choir and Orchestra closed the program with “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

One audience member was overheard saying as he made his way out the door, “If you don’t feel good after that, something is wrong with you.”

Jul 02, 2015

The Episcopal General Convention concluded Wednesday, July 1, with an interfaith concert in the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square. Utah choirs and musicians presented entertainment including the Kenshin Taiko Drummers from the Japanese Church of Christ, Calvary Baptist Inspirational Choir and several other groups.

Jul 01, 2015

Worshippers gathered at the Salt Lake Tabernacle for the Utah Showcase on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, as part of the Episcopal Church's 78th Conference. The showcase presented cultural performances from around Utah, put on by assorted religious groups.

Jun 08, 2015

I’m here speaking with Craig Jessop, the director of the American Festival Singers. They’ve been traveling and performing in Washington D.C. and today we’re speaking to them just hours before their performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Dr. Jessop, thank you for taking a few moments to speak with us today.

Apr 20, 2015

Utah State University celebrated Autism Awareness Month with a free concert Saturday that was tailored specifically to those with disabilities.

Former Mormon Tabernacle Choir music director Craig Jessop helped put the show together and was thrilled to partner with the Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Autism Council of Utah for this event. Songs were geared toward all ages.

Apr 16, 2015

“We have friends that have two daughters that are autistic," Joanne said. "They’ll be going along just fine and then all of a sudden just scream out. There’s nothing they could do about it. But they could never take them to a formal concert. But music like a formal concert does wonderful things for children with hurt brains. And so if we could get people used to the fact that every once in a while there is a concert where everyone is welcome and there’s going to be noise...,”Joanne said.

Mar 29, 2015

The evening opened with a vibrant, dynamic and absolutely captivating performance of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Jessop captured the joyous character of the music with his perceptive direction that didn’t miss anything in terms of nuances and expressions. It was a wonderfully well rounded and striking interpretation that did full justice to this choral masterpiece.

Mar 26, 2015

Craig Jessop, the founder and conductor of the American Festival Chorus, said this music is distinctively French in its sensitivity. The first piece on the program is Fauré’s “Requiem,” which Jessop described using such contrasting adjectives as haunting, serene and elevating.

Feb 15, 2014

Pastor Wright says she hopes every person who attends on Saturday will leave being a better and more uplifted person than when they came. She leaves us with this blessing.

“If you’re feeling bad, that you go home feeling better. If you’ve lost hope, that hope would be renewed. If your faith is gone, that your faith be restored. If there is trouble, that trouble be lifted. That if you’re feeling great, that greater will be available for you.”

Jan 08, 2013

Craig Jessop is without doubt one of the most perceptive choral conductors today. During his tenure as music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir he brought back the richness of sound that characterized the ensemble during its golden age. And as music director of Logan’s American Festival Chorus Jessop took a small regional choir and turned it into one of Utah’s most respected vocal ensembles. Their performance of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion last August was a study in subtlety and nuance and powerful for its emotional expressiveness.

Apr 18, 2012

There are a lot of good reasons to see the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra perform Handel’s Messiah this Saturday. Under the direction of Craig Jessop, their concerts have that chill-inducing quality that classical music lovers associate with a fantastic performance.

Add their talent  to Handel’s amazing music, and you can’t miss. Any work that has stayed popular since 1742 must be good.

Feb 27, 2012

What do you get when the College of Engineering and the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University and the Space Dynamics Laboratory come together on a project?

Nov 26, 2011

Herald Journal:

The Black Friday craze turned a bit more enthusiastic at the Cache Valley Mall as about 150 people suddenly began performing a holiday song in front of an audience of nearly 1,000.

Nov 26, 2011

Cache Valley Daily:

Shoppers at the Cache Valley Mall were treated to a Christmas-themed flash mob Friday, in a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.

A crowd of about 1,000 people watched the production, which was done by the American Festival Chorus.

Nov 08, 2011

Salt Lake Tribune:

“War Requiem” is rarely heard because of the gargantuan musical forces it requires. Its most recent Utah performances were presented by the Utah Symphony under Keith Lockhart in 2000. This week, there will be two new opportunities to experience the “War Requiem,” as a combination of ensembles under the direction of conductor Craig Jessop will perform the work in Logan and Salt Lake City.

Nov 07, 2011

Reichel Recommends:

Once in a while, there is a certain performance that is so memorable it leaves them with an indelible impression. That happened to Craig Jessop nearly two decades ago with Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.