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Southwest Concert Series and Celebrity Concert Series collection Edit


UA 004


  • 1964 – 1995 (Creation)


  • 5.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    9 boxes

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  • Abstract

    This collection contains nine boxes of administration, correspondence, financial, programming, ephemera, scrapbook materials about the Southwest Concert Series and the Celebrity Concert Series, and the Southwest Guild Scrapbooks.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Southwest Concert Series began in 1958 by Ron Garner who was soon joined by Robert Dalton and later Gail Bunker. It all began as a private undertaking to bring professional and world-renown performing artists to Saint George, Utah. Over the years, it has grown and become a success. In 1985, the Southwest Concert Series was renamed the Celebrity Concert Series. In 1987, the concert series became a part of Dixie State University. The Southern Utah Art Guild was founded by Charles Manley Brown in 1985, and was originally known as the Southwest Guild. When Bunker was manager (1995-2014) she added variety to the programming from previous years, including: the Special Artist Series- a recital concert program that had five or six events. The tradition has continued on throughout the years. The Celebrity Concert Series is held in Southern Utah, at Dixie State University, in the Cox Performing Arts building. Each year the Board of Directors for the Celebrity Concert Series chooses the season’s programming with the aim of scheduling the best concerts within the annual budget. Some of the events throughout the years include: St. Petersburg Ballet with Galina Mezentseva, The Brothers Four, The Nylons, Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, Western Opera Theater, Turtle Island and Montreux, and many more.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection documents the Southwest Concert Series (1958-1984) which was later known as the Celebrity Concert Series (1985-Present) and the Southwest Guild founded by Charles Manley Brown (1985), and is now known as the Southern Utah Art Guild. This series consists of the history, business proceedings, performances, and scrapbooks of the many concerts presented at Dixie State University. In this collection there are, administration, correspondence, financial, programming, ephemera, scrapbooks, and the Southwest Guild Scrapbooks materials. The purpose of the Celebrity Concert Series is to promote artistic performances in Washington County, Utah and provide annual events. People from all over Utah attend the concerts, members buy season passes for the whole year, each year. The scrapbooks that are in this collection provide pictures, programs, flyers, and other memorabilia from the events and the members who attended. Most of the scrapbooks were disassembled for preservation purposes, while maintaining the original order. Several varieties of concerts are performed from classical to pop, but the most popular is the Southwest Symphony Orchestra that makes an appearance each year.

  • Arrangement

    The Southwest Concert Series and the Celebrity Concert Series are arranged in two series: 1. Southwest series, 2. Southwest Guild. In the first series there are six subseries: 1. Administration, 1972-2001, 2. Correspondence, 1973-1993, 3. Financial, 1965-1999, 4. Programming, 1958-1984, 5. Ephemera, 1967-2014, 6. Scrapbooks, 1973-2000. Each subseries in series 1 is arranged chronologically. In the second series there are the Southwest Guild Scrapbooks, 1974-1996, arranged chronologically.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, UA004 Southwest and Celebrity Concert Series collection , Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.