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The Tfumderbird Monday, November 14, 1983 Page 9 First of stained glass windows is complete A kaleidoscopic masterpiece in glass awaits anyone who has the time and energy to stop by the Great Hall on the third floor of the Student Center. The center window on the rooms north wall is now a work of art depicting a wistful afternoon sky, the cliffs of Cedar Breaks, flowers, scrollwork, the Old Main building and part of the SUSC motto all in stained glass. The multicolored fenestration is the product of Peter Simpson Cook, graphic designer for the Utah Shakespearean Festival; and Frank Adams, a local stained glass artist. Cook created the design and chose the glass while Adams did the actual glass cutting and construction. The window is part of the ballroom renovation specially funded by Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dee Harris and supervised by President Gerald R. Sherratt. Its the first part of a tryptich (a picture in three sections) that will feature a progressive Business d landscape, the Building, the Old Main as it originally appeared when first built in 1897, the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theatre and the college motto Learning Lives Forever spread across its panels. The complete picture will contain between 40 and 50 different glass types, most of it handblown, including a French antique, a German streaky blue and diamonds of beveled crystal, according to Adams. Cook then began patterning paper pattern of the making a window. The artwork on the job was painstaking he covered a section only 6 feet by 3 feet every eight hours. The design had to be reworked constantly, says Cook, to fit the shapes of the 54 different panes. Ive never designed a stained glass window in my life. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be; then I realized these are some of the largest solar-heate- life-siz- Howard Christiansen, who has worked with stained glass for nine years, puts some finishing touches on the new colored glass window, stained glass windows in the western United States. Adams cut the different glass shapes using Cooks pattern as a guide and assembled the pieces by wrapping the cut edges in copper foil and soldering them together. The assembly took three months. He and Howard Christiansen, a Cedar native whos worked with stained glass for the past nine years, spent over 50 hours installing the colored panes and protective glass backing. "Its as delicate as any Ive ever done, mentioned Christiansen as he surveyed the piece. Stained glass is an art thats kind of gone out of style.. .now its coming back into its own. Its really fun to see the sun hit it for the first time, said Adams, who began toying with the craft about two years ago as a hobby. Its worth the many hours put into it to see the sun bring it to life. I believe the glass does have its own spirit, and the sun brings it out. Adams has since created a window for the Clip &. Style Beauty Salon, the heraldic shields for the Shakespearean Festival and many wildlife pieces, but said, This is the most enjoyable because its quite meaningful to the college. Peters done a good job designing it. Cook, a 1980 SUSC honors graduate in theatre and art, is proud of his work but glad that he has a chance to rest after his hectic summer. He did most of the window designing and all of the patterning at the same time he was developing posters, advertisements and souvenir brochures for the Festival, and the work load was exhausting. When you say youre an artist, people think you can do anything, and its hard. Im a graphic designer but in the past years Ive been asked to design stained glass windows, an architectural village and stage scenery (Sweeney Todd). But its given me a lot of experience I wouldnt have gotten any place else. You just have to give it your best shot speaking of shots, I think theyre going to have it insured. Sherratt said the window will indeed be covered by the buildings insurance policy, and hes looking forward to the day when the trio will be completed. The second window will soon be in production and, he hopes, will be installed in time for the March 1 1 Founders Day banquet. With its colorful new viewing port, blond wood paneling, coach lights and plans for a wrought iron chandelier, the Great Hall is on its way to becoming a very classy, elegant chamber. The president sums up his opinion of the entire project when he proudly says, I dont think therell be a prettier room in the state of Utah when were finished. Utah Symphony draws great variety of listeners Concert review Fletcher Matson by Music-lover- s of all ages braved bone-chillin- g winds and an unwelcome rainstorm Monday night to hear the Utah Symphonys performance once-a-ye- sponsored by Cedar City Music Arts at the Cedar High School Auditorium. They were not disappointed; the Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Joseph Silverstein, demonstrated a brilliant range of orchestral excellence in a repertoire specifically selected by Silverstein to suit the tastes of Cedar Citys patrons. The audience was composed of listeners from many diverse lifestyles and musical habits that all share a common appreciation of music, no matter well-play- y what their preferences are. Approximately two dozen latecomers waited quietly until the end of the overture from Mendelssohns Incidental Music to A Midsummer Nights Dream to take their seats so as not to disturb the musicians concentration; how many music groups of any type can command that kind of loyalty? The band continued the classical vein after intermission with Schuberts Symphony No. 2 in major, which the audience received eagerly, but the indisputable hit of the evening was a suite from ballet The Firebird, an Stravinsky's expressive characterization piece that ska'ed the spectrum of musical mood from dark, foreboding bass shadows to serene flute liltings and a wildly Slavic dance. exhilarating, 20th-centur- y cymbal-clashin- g Silverstein capitalized on every nuance and emotional variation in this piece, lulling the audience into a relaxed almost-doz- e during a peaceful strings movement one moment and startling his listeners wide awake with an jarring brass chord the next. The orchestra received an extremely appreciative, standing ovation at the evenings end. I thought they played very enthusicastically, Silverstein mildly commented afterward. Apparently the audience thought so too, although not quite so quietly. Im a great fan of video stuff but this stuff is really good, opined one impressed listener in passing. I dont think Ive heard them any better than they were last night, stated Dale Hatch, chairman of the CCMA board of directors.