The 2015/2016 season of the Sunday Concert Series sponsored by the Springville Arts Commission will kick off with a great concert by Alex Hawker on Sunday, Aug. 16. The Sunday Concert Series is held at the Springville Museum of Art on the third Sunday of each month from August to May at 4:30 p.m.
Violinist and violist Alexander Hawker recently graduated from Springville High School and will be moving to Seattle in the fall of 2015 with a scholarship to attend Cornish College of the Arts where he will study music.
Recently he was a prize winner in the Utah Baroque Ensemble’s annual Scholarship Competition. In 2014 he was a featured soloist in a concert for the LDS General Young Men Presidency in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Other notable performances include a performance in 2015 of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Springville Chamber Orchestra and a solo performance during the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season. The solo with the Lyceum Philharmonic was so well received that by popular demand the orchestra included a recording of it on their album titled “Children of Liberty.”
Alexander is currently the associate concertmaster of the Utah Valley Millennial Orchestra. He has also held principal positions on both violin and viola in the Springville Chamber Orchestra, Lyceum Philharmonic and Festival Orchestras, and pit orchestras for musicals such as “Hello Dolly” and “The Mikado.” He was also a member of the UMEA All-State Orchestra for three years beginning in 2013.
He began the violin at the age of 5 with Terri Fulwider and viola with Nicole Macias. He later went on to study both violin and viola with Monte Belknap.
In his free time, Alexander enjoys doing things like playing chess, going to concerts, reading, hiking, fishing, running, riding his bike, gardening and performing chamber music with his friends.
Next month on Sept. 20, the series will feature soprano Louise Payne, who is also a Springville resident. Other performers for this series will include the Old Time Fiddlers, the Red Desert Ramblers, the Utah Valley Hand Bell Choir, Clive Romney, the Five Strings, Kelli Brown and Sheldon Boone.