Composer Christian Asplund, a music professor at Brigham Young University, has been introducing area residents to the intimate setting of music salons for nearly 25 years.
A music salon generally offers instrumental music that is light, easy on the ear, and often sentimental. According to Google, it is more suitable for the salon than for the concert hall.
On Monday, Asplund and guests will host the 12th Annual Boxing Day Salon at 8:00 p.m. at The Blue Door, 349 W. 400 South in Provo. The salon carries a holiday theme. The community is invited to this free post-Christmas event.
Raised in Canada, Asplund celebrated Boxing Day growing up and continues the lifelong tradition in Utah County.
Historically, Boxing Day was a time when the upper classes distributed boxes of clothing and items to the poor, gave a dinner of leftovers for their servants who had to work on Christmas Day, and continued holiday celebrations.
The first time Boxing Day was put on paper as words was in Charles Dickens’ popular novel The Pickwick Papers. In 1833 clergymen also distributed alms to the poor, collected by church members.
For Asplund, he not only shares his heritage, but also allows for a night of kicking back and enjoying an extension of the Christmas season.
This year’s guests come from all over the country. This includes:
- Los Angeles native Logan Hone plays ragtime piano and original banjo songs.
- Lula Asplund from Chicago who will offer electronic music with light sensors and processed piano.
- We Free Kings play avant-garde jazz.
Other artists include LA’s Jesse Quebbeman-Turley and Stuart Wheeler, Provo’s Melissa Heath and Christian Asplund, San Diego’s Jonny Stallings and Morton Feldman.
“This year it will be a blockbuster,” said Christian Asplund. “As always, please bring any leftover treats and we’ll arrange them on our table. Even if there are few items, we curate them with other similar items. They may have OD on your special treats but others don’t, so use them well.”