By Robert D. Vandall
Recital Suite Series
A Portrait of Utah paints a musical picture of both the history and the heritage of the state of Utah. Opening with an arrangement of the hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints," the first movement is a beautiful tribute to the Mormon population. "The Golden Spike," the second movement, depicts the sounds of a train on the trans-continental railway, steadily drawing closer and then chugging away into the distance. "Monument Valley," the third movement, features open fifths and sixths representing the stark sandstone formations in this unique location. "Fresh Powder!" brings the suite to a close with its fast and fun musical runs celebrating the great ski slopes in the state.