BURLEY — The Magic Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the King Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students, and may be bought at Welch Music or Book Plaza in Burley, The Book Store in Rupert, or at the door.
The guest conductor is Warren Barton.
Barton was born in Durango, Colo. to a very musically inclined family and was influence by his family to study music. He was invited to play the bassoon as a senior in high school and became his school’s Sterling Scholar in music that year.
After playing in bands from the 5th grade, Barton started playing with the school orchestra his senior year on bassoon and was selected to play in the orchestra that played for UEA that year. After completing his undergraduate degree in music and teaching for a few years on the high school level, he was invited to direct the Utah Valley chapter of the Sweet Adelines, which is a female barbershop group. He moved his famly to Cache Valley in 1972 to do his masters studies at USU. While in Cache Valley, he was invited to direct the Bel Canto women’s chorus, which he did for three years. He was next invited to audition as the director for the historic Imperial Glee Club. He directed them for the next 25 years. He continued to play the bassoon with every organization he could. He has played with orchestras in Hawaii, Idaho, and across Utah.
He has played for operas, musicals and plenty of concerts. Barton played for and learned from some of the best conductors around. He has directed bands, show orchestras and lots of choir music. Several years ago he was urged by his sister to come to Burley and play a bassoon part that she could not transpose for bass clarinet. That opportunity to play with the Magic Philharmonic Orchestra has been a thrill and enjoyable experience for him.