Playing in Davis County Symphony offers “best seat in the house”

Posted on: May 14, 2010

In Thursday’s (5/13) Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Matthew D. LaPlante writes about the Davis County Symphony, a new, all-volunteer organization made up of musicians high school age and older, that rehearses and performs near Salt Lake City. “Like many people, Ken Clifford took up an instrument when he was a kid. And, like many, he let it go. More than half a century later, Clifford’s granddaughter decided she wanted to play the violin. And the North Salt Lake Realtor decided that it was never too late to rekindle a relationship with music. Clifford, 68, is one of 50 musicians whose stories—as much as their instrumental talents—set the musical score for the fledgling Davis County Symphony. The volunteer musician’s group of many generations and diverse experience will perform its second concert in June. For Clifford, a longtime fan of classical music, even in the decades when he wasn’t playing along, joining the symphony offered ‘the best seat in the house.’ … Still, Clifford admits, ‘I’m still not very good.’ Music director Marie Crockett disagrees with that assessment. But, she says, it’s immaterial. When the substitute music teacher from Taylorsville began recruiting for the group, she said, her primary goal was to find people who love the fellowship of music.”

Posted May 14, 2010