Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts kicks off its Year of the Arts in style with a joint celebration of the opening of the new Daines Concert Hall and the 50th anniversary of the Chase Fine Arts center.  The American Festival Chorus & Orchestra will be joined by Tony-Award-Winning Broadway sensation Kelli O'Hara and the Cache Children's Choir.  The Grand Opening Gala Concert will also showcase students and faculty from the Department of Music.

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I recently garnered her a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations.

A native of Oklahoma, Kelli received a degree in opera, and after winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition, moved to New York and enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Sondheim’s Follies, Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow, and Dracula.

She has sold out her solo show at Carnegie Hall & Town Hall and performed with symphonies and orchestras across the country. She is a frequent guest artist on the PBS Memorial Day and July 4th telecast and has performed several times as part of the Kennedy Honor tributes for Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman and Barbra Streisand.