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Noted violinist performs Saturday

October 31, 2012

Courtesy photo Grammy-nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker will perform at the Snake River High School auditorium this Saturday. Tickets cost $10 per person for the concert. To purchase tickets, call (208) 684-9684.

Grammy-nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker is performing in concert at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Snake River High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 per person.
Baker will teach two workshops that will run from 4-6:15 p.m. on Saturday. One is a master class. The subject of the second workshop is yet to be announced.
"A master class is kind of a private lesson in front of an audience," Baker said. "I'm instructing the student as well as the audience.
The price to attend the workshops is $5 per person for one workshop; $8 per person to attend both.
To get tickets, call 684-9684.
Proceeds will benefit fine arts programs in the Snake River School District.
"It's going to be a fun program," Baker said. "I will be playing music from my albums."
These include her newest album, "Noel: Carols of Christmas Past," as well as her Grammy-nominated album, "Wish Upon a Star," that was released in 2011 and "Silver Spring Serenade," an album of movie themes.
"The album, "Noel: Carols of Christmas Past" is a treasure hunt through Old Europe," Baker said. "You can hear Celtic bones rattling."
Baker has worked with arranger Kurt Bestor on most of her albums.
Her albums can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes or wherever LDS music is sold.
Baker and her husband have four children who range in age from 11 to 5.
"They are all musically involved," she said. "Practice is just expected of them.
"Practicing is just part of their daily routine," Baker said. "They don't do anything 'fun' until their practicing is done or before they go to bed.
"I also make sure they have performances scheduled so they are not just practicing to be practicing," she said.
Baker was born in Provo, Utah, while her father was president of BYU.
Asked how she became interested in playing the violin," she said, "My brother was playing in the Mormon Youth Symphony. My mother took me to hear them.
"Young Suzuki violinists were playing on stage," Baker said. "My mom ask me if I was interested; I kind of took to it."
"We moved to Salt Lake City when my father became an Utah Supreme Court Justice," she said. He was then called to be an apostle of the LDS Church.
After high school graduation, Baker earned her bachelor's degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City.
She and her husband met in New York. After they married, her husband took a job in Washington, D.C. They live in Virginia.
Asked if she and her family were affected by Hurricane Sandy, Baker said, "We fared well. The power almost went out a few times.
"We live in an area that gets lots of wind so we are used to high winds."
The trees survived, she said.

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