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Musical Visions of America

This exhibit celebrates the 70th anniversary of a brief, but pivotal, moment for the arts in Logan—the residency of the American composer Roy Harris (1898–1979) and his concert pianist wife, Johana Harris (1912–95), at the Utah State Agricultural College during the academic year 1948–49.

Roy Harris is best remembered today, alongside his contemporary Aaron Copland, as an important figure in the establishment of a distinctly “American” voice in the symphonic repertoire of the twentieth century.

Drawing on materials held in Special Collections and Archives, this exhibit commemorates the Harris residency, which imbued small-town Logan, Utah with the confidence that it could support a lively and professional classical music culture and can be credited for shaping later developments in the classical music landscape of Logan.

This exhibit is on view in the lower level of the Merrill-Cazier Library until June 17.

The accompanying digital exhibit may be viewed here.