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Arts in Utah and the coronavirus pandemic on Monday's Access Utah

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Today we’ll do a summer check-in with the arts. We’ll be talking with Michael Ballam, Founding Director of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater; and Herb Newsome, who is performing with the Lyric Repertory Company. Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater is celebrating 30 years and Lyric Repertory Company is celebrating 56 years. We’ll talk about arts coming out of the pandemic, what the arts do for us, and arts in Utah.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.