- Featured: Kristen Larsen
- Release Date: 8/21/2001
Canyonlands suite is a collection of totally original piano peices by John Cummings. John Cummings is a contemporary composer. His music has many different styles. Some are classical the likes of Edward Grieg, Peter Tchaikovsy, and Claude Debussey. Some are very contemporary the likes of Jim Brickman, and Yanni. Some of the pieces are lighthearted, some are passionate, some are romantic, and some are grandiose. John has been honored with an honorable mention in the 2001 John Lennon song writing contest for the song 'Kristines Lullaby' which is on this album. The album was nominated for an award in the Just Plain Folks 2002 awards. John has written an article he would like to share with the world. 'The Key To Happiness' can be read at 'journals.aol.com/cummingsjohnr/key-to-happiness' Kristen Larsen is a very talented pianist. She is a freshman at the University of Utah studying Piano under the direction of Dr. Bonnie Gritton. She has received superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festivals as well as Federation. She was awarded 'Best Romantic Performance' at the University of Utah's Summer Arts competition in 1999. She had the honor of being named runner-up for Deseret News Sterling Scholar in Music 2001. Kristen plans on using her talents to help the next generation appreciate and love music as much as she does. Canyonlands Suite, the Title peice, is a peice that enhances the moods and passions evoked by the panoramic vistas of Southern Utah's Colordo Plateau. There are five National Parks and two National Monuments in the area. The Parks are Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. The Monuments are Cedar Breaks, and Escalante Grand Staircase.
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