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Touch of class, good for the sole and symphonic youth

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Symphonic Youth

The Utah Valley Symphony hosted young musicians from the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and Utah Valley University Symphony. The Side-by-Side Concert was held Jan. 21-22 at the Covey Center for the Arts and was conducted by UVU music department chair Bryce Rytting (pictured). The concert included “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” In addition, the Utah Valley Symphony alone performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4.

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Good for the Sole

For 15 years, Family First Federal Credit Union has participated in the Utah League of Credit Union’s Warm the Soles of Kids program.

“The Warm The Soles program is something that our staff and our members feel really strongly about,” says Kate Whittaker, assistant to the president at FFFCU. “With the help of our members, we’ve been able to take this program from only 50 pairs of shoes the first year we participated, to more than 900 pairs. That’s a lot of kids who will have warm shoes for the winter.”

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Love for Nie Nie

A silent auction on Feb. 2 raised money for local burn victims Stephanie and Christian Nielson. The Nielsons, parents of four young children, were in a private plane crash in August 2008 and are on the long road to recovery.

Stephanie is well known for her blog, The Nie Nie Dialogues, which offers inspiration for people worldwide to embrace the beauty of everyday life.

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A Touch of Class

The New York Chamber Soloists performed at the Orem Public Library and Mountain View High School Auditorium on Jan. 21. The free shows featured lively classical music including “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant,” followed by a discussion on the storytelling power of music. The events were brought to patrons by the Orem Public Library and the Orem Arts Council, with sponsorship from the Utah Arts Council, Westaf, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Daily Herald.

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