Like a little Mozart with your Mojito? Violinist David Porter helped create Musicians of the Utah Symphony, a group of 10 musicians who are kicking off the After Dark Series on Friday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. at Under Current bar (279 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City). Featuring selections by Mozart, Paganini, Muhly, Ysaye and Schubert, the group will perform sets roughly 20 minutes long. A $10 cover charge is payable at the door. To find out more about the program, visit MotusAfterDark.com.
- Principal viola Brant Bayless once forgot his tux pants and played a sold out Utah Symphony concert wearing a colleague’s skintight leather motorcycle pants. Watch for the mesmerizing fluidity of his bow arm—sometimes you might even catch him admiring it, too.
- Principal Cello Rainer Eudeikis grew up as a cowboy on a Texas ranch. He’s half my age and unbelievably good, so naturally I resent the heck out of him.
- Cellist Joyce Yang was randomly born in Bozeman before moving to Korea and didn’t learn English until she was 24. She’s kinda like a prettier, more charming version of Rainer.
- Cellist Walter Haman’s lifelong dream was to be an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics. His cello playing is unforgettably passionate and intense. We don’t mess with Walter.
- Principal Flute Mercedes Smith’s dog eats her house every time it rains. A lover of fine art, listen for the myriad palate of colors Mercedes creates in the Mozart and the Muhly.
- Violinist Alex Smith used to play in a punk band. The boy has gads of technique and seems never to get ruffled. He plays Ysaye like none other.
- Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle is from Nashville, but there is nothing country about her fiddle playing. The sweetest violin sound to ever grace Salt Lake City—only fools would miss her Paganini.
- Becca Moench is the only native Utahnite playing the event and does her best to moderate our behavior and guilt us into attending enviro-rallies. She’s too flippin’ humble to admit it, but her playing is the shizz.
- Violist Joel Gibbs is the mature one in the group and annoyingly intelligent, especially when one wishes to make blanket generalizations regarding music and maestros without having to be restrained by reason. His elegant playing is equally astute and slightly less annoying.
- As for me, about a dozen musicians in the Symphony have been maimed skiing with me. I’m a master at finding the most complex violinistic solution to a simple musical problem.