Arts & Culture and Festival News
Published On: Friday, 5/12/2023
Conductor and Violist Joel Rosenberg will be joined by Violinist Ruth Sherwood Sadasivan for an
outstanding live performance at the Maynard Dixon Legacy Museum and
Gallery in Mt. Carmel, Utah, Wednesday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 PM.
This lovely evening of chamber music by Bach, Mozart and Handel is not to be missed!
An interesting backstory connects these two artisans, each one an accomplished career professional in music performance.
Ruth Sherwood Sadasivan hails from Overland Park, Kansas, where she teaches at Heartland School
for the Violin. Ruth attended the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University in Wisconsin,
receiving a Bachelor of Music in string education, then earning her Master of Music in violin
performance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Conservatory of Music. She studied with
Tiberius Klausner and was a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship. As 1st violinist with the Ford
Foundation String Quartet, Ruth’s quartet presented master classes and performed extensively
throughout Kansas and Missouri. She has played in the Grand Rapids (MI) Symphony Orchestra, St
Joseph Symphony, Manitowoc Symphony, Lenexa Community Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber
Orchestra, is currently a member of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and has performed extensively as
Joel Rosenberg, Conductor and Violist, is a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York
City. Mr. Rosenberg received the Individual Artist Grant from the Utah Arts Council, and a
Fulbright Grant to Italy, where he studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, and
the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. He has conducted the Australian Ballet with the
Elizabethan Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Victoria at the Sydney Opera House, as well
as the New Zealand Opera in Auckland, the Utah Opera, Ballet West with the Utah, Phoenix
and Portland Symphony Orchestras, the San Francisco Ballet and the New Mexico
Symphony, the Erik Hawkins Dance Company, and has appeared in concerto performances
with pianist, Leon Fleisher.
Joel is a 2023 recipient of the Utah Governor’s Mansion Award in the Arts and conducts the
American West Symphony and Chorus, and the Paradigm Chamber Orchestra in Salt Lake
As a young graduate of the Juilliard School, Joel taught violin at Lawrence University in Appleton,
Wisconsin, where Ruth was one of his students. More than 50 years later, the two re-connected, and
now enjoy performing together on occasion. Selections for this Earth Festival Chamber Concert include
Suite No. 1 for Solo Viola in G Major, and Suite No. 2 for solo Viola in D Minor by Johann Sebastian
Bach, Three Duets for Violin and Viola from Two Part Inventions for Piano by J.S. Bach, Rondo in G
Major for Violin and Viola from Duo N. 1 K 423 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Passacaglia for
Violin and Viola by Handel-Halvorsen.
The Maynard Dixon Legacy Museum and Gallery showcases the best contemporary artists working
today in western landscape. Established through the Bingham Family Trust, the Thunderbird
Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission includes the preservation and
maintenance of the Maynard Dixon home and property, built in 1939 by Dixon and his wife Edith
The Foundation has been instrumental in having this important historical property placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Programs of the Foundation include educational tours of the Dixon property,
internships for working artists, workshops and artist retreats, and full day art workshops for people with special needs.
The Thunderbird Foundation hosts art shows and events every year in the Gallery.
In collaboration with the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, southern Utah’s 17th Amazing Earthfest
is delighted to bring this outstanding live performance to residents and visitors in Kane County.
The concert is just one of 37 different events scheduled for the week of May 14-20 in and around
Kanab. For complete details on each event, visit: https://www.amazingearthfest.org/events/upcoming.
Concert tickets are available online at: https://www.amazingearthfest.org/events/earth-festival-
chamber-concert and at the door. Seating is limited so don’t wait! This Earth Festival Chamber Concert
is made possible by a generous grant from Love Realty.