"The three B's" is a time-honored staple of concert programming. But rather than the three B's you learned about in school, this year's Utah Chamber Artists Christmas concert was brought to you by Alfred Burt, Abbie Betinis and Barlow Bradford.
Burt, as most choral singers could tell you, was best-known as a composer of Christmas carols. Bradford, too, has earned a solid reputation with his carol arrangements and originals. So the exciting discovery on Monday's concert in Libby Gardner Concert Hall was the music of Betinis, Burt's 32-year-old great-niece.
Bradford's beautifully balanced program featured three carols of Betinis, each with a distinct flavor. The exquisite concert opener, "Be Like the Bird," featured rich, inviting singing from the women of Utah Chamber Artists, with the men backing them up on handbells. Reading that the composer wrote the piece while recovering from cancer treatment three years ago added weight and poignancy to its message of strength in adversity.