THE JUSSI BJÖRLING SOCIETY – USA (JBS-USA)
invites you to
A JUSSI BJÖRLING CONFERENCE
June 11-13, 2015 in the Plaza Hotel, 122 W South Temple
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Enjoy some of the world’s leading authorities on singers and singing, including:
Anders Björling – son of Jussi and Anna-Lisa Björling
*James A. Drake, Ph.D. (Florida) – author of Richard Tucker, Rosa Ponselle, Lily Pons (biographies)
Andrew Farkas (Florida) – co-author of the biography Jussi
Stephen Hastings (Italy) – author of The Björling Sound
Harald Henrysson (Sweden) – founding curator of The Jussi Björling Museum; author of A Jussi Björling Phonography
Michael Mayer (Minnesota) – vocal function coach, researcher and singer
Duff Murphy (Los Angeles) – opera commentator and host of KUSC’s Opera Show
Jared Oaks (Salt Lake City) – Assistant Music Director, Ballet West; musicologist
Ingo Titze (Iowa) – Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech
*David N. Tucker, M.D. – son of Richard and Sara Tucker
The Plaza Hotel will be our SLC home, and it is located directly across the street from Temple Square. We will attend the Thursday evening rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the historic Tabernacle. A special organ recital is being prepared with us in mind, and Saturday evening’s recital will take place in the Assembly Hall, next to the Tabernacle. A reception with drinks, cookies and fruit will bring things to an end after the recital.
Salt Lake City is known as The Crossroad of the West. Free tours are given on Temple Square. The Family History Library is the largest collection of genealogical records in the world and is free to all. Both are less than one block from the hotel. The Great Salt Lake is a 20 minute drive to the west and about the same to Antelope Island (home to both antelope and buffalo) going north. Park City is a half-hour drive east and Robert Redford’s Sundance resort is an hour south and east.
Temple Square sites include the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, two Visitor Centers, a pedestrian area with reflection pool, The Family History Library and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Organ. (The Plaza Hotel is directly behind the Temple spires in this photo.) City Creek Center is one of the nicest and newest urban shopping areas in the USA – and less than a block away. There are five National Parks in southern Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Cedar Breaks and Zion’s). Yellowstone and Grand Teton are north 5-6 hours (all short distances in the West).