Silk and Spices Festival

A cultural Festival Celebrating The Music & Arts of China

From the Forbidden City to the Great Wall and beyond, China beckons with its beauty and mystery. Immerse yourself in the music and arts of this region as our celebration begins with a concert on Chinese New Year's Day. Chamber music events, film screenings, food events and more will expand on the theme introduced by Utah Symphony's performance of Qigang Chen's expressive WuXing and Utah Opera's Stunning new production of Turandot.
If you would like to read about these event in Chinese, you can view a translated schedule here:

  • Concert
  • Film
  • Food
  • Dance
  • Lecture
  • Opera

Utah Symphony Concert: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

Fri-Sat. Jan 31-Feb 1 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall - 123 W South Temple

Concert includes work by Qigang Chen and performances by Conrad Tao.

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Chinese New Year Festival

February 1 | 2-4 PM    Main Salt Lake City Public Library - 210 East 400 South

You don't want to miss the Chinese New Year Celebration! Join us for music, dance & crafts

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Trade and Travel on the Silk Road

February 5 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM    Utah Museum of Fine Arts - University of Utah Campus - 410 Campus Center Drive

Lecture by curator Luke Kelly and tour of Silk Road inspired arts in the museum.

Join artists from Taiwan and Beijing to learn about traditional Chinese ink drawing and how it has migrated into contemporary Chinese art.Artists will also give a short lesson on how to use traditional Chinese brushes, ink, and paper.

Free - RSVP required 801-585-7163 or More information: or the event listing

Cirque Ziva - Gold Dragon Acrobats

February 6-8 | 7:30 PM & February 8 | 2:00 PM    de Jong Concert Hall | BYU Harris Fine Arts Center

Hailing from China’s Hebei province, the company includes athletes, actors and artists who have all studied and trained in their craft since early childhood.

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The Turandot Project

February 25 | 7 PM    SLC Public Library Auditorium - 210 East 400 South

Documentary about 1998 production of Turandot in Beijing. Post-film Q&A with Utah Opera Artistic Director, Christopher McBeth.

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Shen Yun

March 4-5 | All Day    Browning Center - Weber State University Campus - 1905 University Circle, Ogden

5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music.

Tickets start at $50 - More information:

Online Learning: Turandot


Lessons by Dr. Sue Neimoyer from U of U School of Music

Free - More Information: Utah Opera Online Learning

Prelude to the Opera

March 15-23 | Pre Opera (Turandot)    Captiol Theater - 50 W 200 S

Join Utah Opera Principal Coach Dr. Carol Anderson one hour before curtain for a 30 minute introduction to the opera.

Capitol Theater, one hour before curtain.

Utah Opera’s Turandot

March 15-21 | 7:30 PM

March 23 | 2 PM    Capitol Theatre - 50 W 200 S

Puccini’s final opera about a cruel ice princess.

Tickets start at $18 - To purchase call Call 801-533-NOTE
or visit Turandot at the Utah Opera

Q&A with Artistic Director

March 15-23 | Post Opera (Turandot)    Capitol Theater - 50 W 200 S

After the final curtain, join Christopher McBeth to discuss the opera production.

Free with ticket.

Pre-opera Southern Chinese dinner

March 19 | 5:30-7 PM    Hong King Tea House - 565 W 200 S

Dine and learn about southern Chinese fare.

$30 per person, meal and tip included - To purchase call 801-533-NOTE More information: Southern Chinese Dinner

Utah Chinese Folk Orchestra

March 24 | 7 PM    Abravanel Hall Stage - 123 W South Temple

Traditional Chinese instruments and music.

Limited tickets. $10 adult| $5 youth - To purchase call 801-533-NOTE
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Farewell My Concubine

March 25 | 6 PM    SLC Public Library Auditorium - 210 East 400 South

Chen Kaige’s 1993 film spans 50 years in the lives of two pecking Opera stars.

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Children’s Dance Theater: The Three Question

March 28-29 | 7:30PM / 2PM    Capitol Theater - 50 W 200 S

A Chinese boy must answer three questions to become emperor.

Tickets start at $17, 12 and under 50% off

Chinese Music for Western Instruments

March 31 | 7PM    Abravanel Hall Stage - 123 W South Temple

Violinist Wen Yuan Gu and pianist Hisang Tu.

Limited tickets. $10 adult| $5 youth - To purchase call 801-533-NOTE
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Utah’s Pioneer Silk Industry and Modern Silk Art

April 12 | 10 - 12 AM    Utah Opera Production Studios - 336 North 400 West

Silk spinner Judy Gunn, Lisa Buckmiller (Thomas Whitaker Museum, Centerville), and silk artist Anna Marie Coronado. More information

$5 per person - To purchase call 801-533-NOTE

Northern Chinese Dinner

April 17 | 5:30 - 7 PM

See Salt Lake City’s new Chinatown, and feast while learning about northern Chinese dining.

$30 per person, meal and tip included - More information click here. To purchase call 801-533-NOTE


April 22 | 7 PM    SLC Public Library Auditorium - 10 East 400 South

Zhang Yimou’s 2002 colorful martial arts film. Q&A with fight choregrapher Chris DuVal.

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