Utah-Symphony 75-and-Counting

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Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Cultural Festival 2015-16

Utah Symphony celebrates its 75th anniversary by creating special performances with our arts partners—and by participating in events throughout the community. In 2015–16, we will highlight more than 75 of these community collaborations.


  • Concert
  • Film
  • Food
  • Dance
  • Learning
  • Opera
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Bird Song Activity at Swaner Eco Center's Neature Camp

Thursday, August 06, 2015 | 10:30 AM    Swaner Eco Center


Campers will get the chance to learn the melodies of native bird song calls from the Utah Symphony Education Department.

More information: www.swanerecocenter.org.


Time for Three with the Utah Symphony

Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Red Butte Garden


Catch the sensational string trio Time for Three as they perform with the Utah Symphony at Red Butte Garden.

More information: www.utahsymphony.org.


Utah Symphony Library creates new parts of Schoenberg Symphony

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


In conjucntion with G. Schirmer and the Schoenberg family, Utah Symphony Librarians produced new corrected parts for the Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 2, which were premiered with the Berlin Philharmonis under Matthias Pintscher at the Berlin Festival. The perform aired globablly via the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall.

More information: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home.


Utah Symphony received the Utah Governor's Mansion Artist Award for Performing Arts

Friday, September 09, 2016 |     


Making it Look Easy: An Insider's View of Professional Arts Organizations

Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 11 AM    BYU School of Music


Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Director of Education Paula Fowler gives insight into the world of Arts Administration.


Beat Beethoven 5K/10K

Saturday, September 12 | 9 AM    Manila Creek Park 3300 N 900 W Pleasant Grove UT


The object of the race, along with having a good time, is to try to run the race before Beethoven's legendary 5th Symphony finishes (approximately 32 minutes). Beethoven himself will be running so you just have to finish in front of the guy in a wig and tails. Beat Beethoven 5K run, it's fun and all ages and abilities of runners, walkers and music lovers are welcome.

More information: www.pgrunningseries.com/beat_beethoven.html.


Pre-Concert Lecture for Salt Lake Chamber Society

Monday, September 14, 2015 | 6:45 PM    Libby Gardner Hall


Utah Symphony Musician Barb Scowcroft gives the pre-concert lecture.

More information: http://www.cmsofslc.org/.


Estate Planners Conference

Septenber 17, 2015 | 1 PM    BYU Taggert Symposium


Utah Symphony Youth Guild's Ringtone Quartet performed during the conference


Sectional Coaching for American West Symphony

Sunday, September 20, 2015     


Utah Symphony Violist Carl Johansen, Violinist David Langr, and Cellist Walter Haman coach sectional rehearsals for their respective sections in the American West Symphony in Sandy, Utah.

More information: http://www.americanwestsymphony.org/.


Palindrome documentary featuring Utah Symphony Bassoonist Lori Wike

Wednesday, September 30, 2015     


In September 2015, Bassoonist Lori Wike was interviewed onstage in Abravanel Hall by Vince Clemente for a documentary about palindromists. The documentary will be complete in early 2017, in time for the World Palindrome Championship. Lori will be a featured palindromist in the film.

More information: http://manplanpalindrome.vhx.tv/.


Bountiful Davis Art Center Gala and Benefit

October |     Bountiful Davis Art Center


Utah Symphony Musicians Jason Hardink, Kathryn Eberle and Anne Lee are performing at this private event. Not open to the public.

More information: http://bdac.org/.


Salty Cricket Composers Collective presents Cirque Du Pierrot

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 7:30 PM    137 S Rio Grande St Salt Lake City, UT


Come hear works by Leland Dailey, Marden Pond, Aaron Kirscher, Ester Mergargel, Doug Wood, Nathaniel Eschler, Nathan Wilks, Josh Marchant, Matthew Durrant, and Igor Iachimciuc With Utah Symphony artists Caitlin Moore(Flute/Piccolo), Mercedes Smith(Flute) and Erin Svoboda(Piccolo and Bb Clarinet),

More information: http://saltycricket.org/events-list/12034352071/.


Nova Gallery Series

Sunday, October 18, 2015 | 3:00 PM    15th Street Gallery -1519 South 1500 East


Utah Symphony Musicians Alexander Woods and Brant Bayless play with cellist Anne Francis Bayless.

More information: www.novaslc.org.


Plan-B Theatre & NOVA present "The Kreutzer Sonata"

October 18-November 5, 2015 | 7 PM    Rose Wagner Center for the Arts Studio Theatre


A harrowing exploration of the mind of a murderer (Robert Scott Smith), a man driven mad by unfulfilled passions – and Beethoven’s music. This cautionary tale of rage, revenge and remorse is interwoven with a live performance of Beethoven’s sonata by Kathryn Eberle (violin) and Jason Hardink (piano). Freely adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s short story. Directed by Jerry Rapier.

More information: http://planbtheatre.org/.


Carmina Burana

October 23-24, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Abravanel Hall


Experience the colossal sounds of Orff’s Carmina Burana live! This iconic work for chorus and orchestra features poetry that celebrates life’s playful pleasures, with musical thrills and earth-shaking rhythms. - See more at: http://www.utahsymphony.org/15-16-season/masterworks/1096-maerkl-conducts-carmina-burana#sthash.9heocS6T.dpuf

More information: www.utahsymphony.org.


An Evening of Gabriel Fauré

Monday, October 26, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College


Utah Symphony musicians Yuki MacQueen, Alex Martin, Joel Gibbs, John Eckstein and Westminster Faculty members Michael Chipman and Karlyn Bond perform the Piano Quintet #1 in D Minor, and the songLa bonne chanson, one of the composer's rare works of vocal chamber music.

More information: www.westminstercollege.edu/music.


USUO Halloween Carnival

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 6 PM    Utah Opera Production Studios 336 N 400 W SLC, UT 84103


Costume Contest, Carnival games, treats & tons of fun! Admission is free with a donation to the Utah Food Bank.

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Ogden Youth Guild Brunch

Monday, October 31, 2016     


Utah Symphony Clarinet Erin Svoboda will perform & speak for the Youth Guild.

More information: http://www.symphonyballet.org.


NOVA's New Paths

Sunday, November 01, 2015 | 3 PM    Libby Gardner Hall


NOVA opens the 2015-16 season with music of two ingenious composers in their youth: imaginative and masterful early works by Johannes Brahms are heard with Utah premieres of recent works by Andrew Norman which concert featuring Utah Symphony Associate Concertmaster Kathryn Eberle leading octet of Utah Symphony violinists.

More information: http://www.novaslc.org/.


Summerhays Music Clinic Series: Trombone

Monday, November 2, 2015 | 6:30 PM    Summerhays Music


Featuring Utah Symphony Trombone Mark Davidson

More information: http://www.summerhaysmusic.com/.


Excellence in the Community: Tad Calcara & the New Deal Swing Band

Monday, November 2, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Covey Arts Center Amphitheater


More information: http://excellenceconcerts.org/.


Online Listening Guides for Mahler Symphonies Nos. 5-9



Learn more about Mahler's symphonies. Online listening guides are written by Dr. Bettie Jo Basinger from the University of Utah School of Music.

More information: www.utahsymphony.org.


English Horn Masterclass

November 4, 11 & 18, 2015 |     BYU


Utah Symphony English Horn player Lissa Stolz taught masterclasses and reed making class for BYU students.

More information: www.utahsymphony.org.


RadioWest discusses Mahler and his 5th Symphony

Saturday, November 05, 2016


RadioWest's Doug Fabrizio speaks with former Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony Ardean Watts & scholar Paul Banks to talk about Mahler & his connection to Utah Symphony.

More information: www.radiowest.kuer.org.


The Child and the Enchantments with Utah Opera

November 13-14 | 7:30 PM    Abravanel Hall


Discover what happens when a child’s room comes to life to avenge his tantrums and misdeeds. This evening at the symphony pairs beloved works by Ravel with a new staging of his magical opera

More information: http://www.utahsymphony.org/.


Sundays at 7

Sunday, November 15, 2015 | 7 PM    Libby Gardner Hall


Utah Symphony musicians Lun Jiang and Pegsoon Whang join University of Utah Faculty Dr. Vedrana Subotic for Beethoven Violin & Cello Sonatas.

More information: http://music.utah.edu/events/.


The Concord Sonata

Monday, November 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College


Charles Ive's monumental and quintessentially American work, and the inspiration its creator drew for the Transcendentialist philosopher-writers, are explored in a lecture recital given by University of Utah professor Steve Roens and Utah Symphony Keyboard Jason Hardink.

More information: www.westminstercollege.edu/music.


Film: Some Kind of Spark

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 7 PM    The City Library


llustrating the transformative power of music and mentorship, Some Kind of Spark is an uplifting look at Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program for inner-city youth.

More information: www.utahfilmcenter.org.


Low Strings Masterclass

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 3 PM    Dixie State University


Cellist Pegsoon Whang conducts a masterclass and coaches a string quartet.

More information: www.usuoeducation.org.


Utah Food Bank's Human Race 5K/10K

Thursday, November 26, 2015   


Join Utah Symphony Staff members in running the morning of Thanksgiving! Proceeds of the race benefit the Utah Food Bank.

More information: www.utahfoodbank.org.


Chocolate Conspiracy Gold Tickets

December 4-5, 2015 |     


5 lucky chocolate lovers will discover a Golden Ticket to attend an Ode to Joy Utah Symphony concert wrapped up in their chocolate bar, available where Chocolate Conspiracy bars are sold.

More information: http://www.eatchocolateconspiracy.com/.


NOVA's Flute, Harp and Drones

November 29. 2015 | 4 PM    Libby Gardner Hall


Winners will also be invited to the concert’s intermission VIP reception and be recognized there.

More information: www.novaslc.org.


Festival of Trees

December 2-5, 2015 |     South Towne Expo Center



More information: festivaloftreesutah.org.


MOTUS After Dark

Friday, December 11, 2015 | 9 PM    Under Current 270 S 300 East Salt Lake City


Musicians of the Utah Symphony present musical nightlife events at local bars. Cash- only cover of $10.

More information: http://www.motusafterdark.com/.


Utah Arts Alliance Gala

Friday, December 11, 2015 |     Utah Arts Hub


This annual event is unique from the typical Connect event in that it is also a fundraiser for the program. USUO Interim President & CEO Patricia A. Richard gave the keynote address & the program featured Youth Guild members. Patrons are asked to purchase $10.00 tickets, and both top selected artists and patrons alike are asked to dress to the nines!

More information: http://utaharts.org/connect.


Utah Symphony Interim President & CEO spoke for Rotary

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 |     


Interim USUO CEO Pat Richards presented an inspirational speech for Rotary.

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Home Alone: Feature Film with Utah Symphony

December 18-19, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Abravanel Hall


Experience the Family Classic Like Never Before! Experience all the memorable sights and sounds of this cherished family classic. The Utah Symphony will transport you to a wintery Chicago neighborhood for a not-to-be-forgotten holiday thrill ride as they perform John Williams’ score live while Home Alone plays on the big screen. Featuring Viewmont High School Choir.

More information: www.utahsymphony.org.


Habitat for Humanity

December 18-19, 2015 | 7:30 PM    Abravanel Hall


Habitat for Humanity art project of "Home" will be in display in the lobby. Students used a door as a canvas for “what does home mean to you?”

More information: http://habitatsaltlake.com/index.php.


Utah Symphony musicians play at Salt Lake Regional Hostpital

Monday, December 21, 2015 |     


Youth Guild Random Act of Music

Saturday, January 09, 2016 |     Salt Lake City Library


MOTUS After Dark

Friday, January 15 | 9 PM    O'Shucks Pinebrook 8178 Gorgoza Pines Road Park City


Musicians of the Utah Symphony present musical nightlife events at local bars. Cash- only cover of $10.

More information: http://www.motusafterdark.com/.


Access to Music: A Concert for Children with Special Needs

Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 7 PM    Capitol Theatre


Utah Symphony | Utah Opera offers an annual concert for children with special needs and their families.

More information: www.usuoeducation.org/specialneeds.


Opening of Marmalade Library

February 27, 2016 |     Marmalade Library


Utah Symphony musicians help celebrate the opening of the new library!

More information: www.slcpl.org.


Utah Symphony Woodwind Day

Satuday, January 23, 2016 | 10 AM    Utah Opera Production Studios


Bach & Barber: Two CelloMasterpieces

Monday, January 25, 2016 | 7:30 PM    Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College


Utah Symphony Cellist Pegsoon Whang performs Johan Sebastian Bach's monumental Suite #6 in D for Solo Cello, and Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano—the latter with pianist Karlyn Bond

More information: www.westminstercollege.edu/music.


College Orchestra Directors Q&A with Rei Hotoda

Thursday, January 14, 2016 |     Abravanel Hall


College Orchestra Director's Association spent time at Abravanel Hall and with Rei Hotoda.

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Utah Symphony Youth Guild Piano Masterclass

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 4 PM    Utah Opera Production Studios


U of U professor Vedrana Subotic works with talented Youth Guild students to improve their piano technique and performance.

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Woodwind Day

Saturday, January 23, 2016 |     Utah Opera Production Studios


Utah Symphony collaborates with the Legacy Music Alliance to host a day for Woodwind Students.

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Utah Symphony Community Orchestra Night

Friday, January 29, 2016 |     Abravanel Hall


Community Orchestra members are invited to attend a reception after the concert. For more info contact Paula Fowler at 801-869-9090.

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Utah Symphony Librarian speaks to Conducting Students

Monday, February 01, 2016 |     University of Utah


Clovis Lark spent the morning speaking to the University of Utah Conducting Class

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Utah Arts Alliance "Connect" display

February 5-6, 2016 |     Abravanel Hall Lobby


Finalists of Utah Arts Alliance "Connect" program will dsplay their work in the lobby of Abravanel Hall.

More information: http://utaharts.org/connect.


David Park receives High Education Teacher of the Year Award from ASTA.

Saturday, February 06, 2016 |     


Jeux Discussion

Monday, February 8, 2016 | 5:30 PM    Capitol Theatre's Capitol Room


Conversation between Utah Symphony's Thierry Fischer and Ballet West's Adam Sklute about upcoming collaboration on Jeux.

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Kimball Art Center's Winter Art Salon

Friday, February 12, 2016 |     Kimball Art Center


Two Youth Guild members perform at the Gala Kick Off for the Kimball Art Center

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OC Tanner Gift of Music Mahler's Symphony No. 8

February 19-20 | 7:30 PM    Tabernacle


Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” highlights the human voice as a symphonic instrument. The music communicates redemption through the power of love and faith in the eternal human spirit.

More information: http://www.utahsymphony.org/.


Ballet West with the Utah Symphony

February 26-27 | 7:30 PM    Abravanel Hall


An engaging performance for the ears and eyes! Pieces by Gottschalk, Ravel, and Debussy accompany expressive performances by dancers from the world-renowned Ballet West.

More information: http://www.utahsymphony.org/.


Utah Symphony Communications Manager GinaMarie Masala speaks at YAGP.

Friday, February 26, 2016 |     


NOVA's The Mind of a Genius

Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 3 PM    


German composers J. S. Bach and Matthias Pintscher offer NOVA audiences music of stunning intellectual and emotional power with a complete performance of A Musical Offering and recent works receiving their Utah premiere. Rainer Eudeikis (Principal Cello, Utah Symphony), and Gabrielle Terrone (Organist, Cathedral of the Madeleine) make their NOVA debuts.

More information: www.novaslc.org.


Film featuring Utah Symphony playing the score

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 6:30 PM    UMOCA


Screening of Film. Utah Symphony recorded the score.

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Olympus Jr High School Orchestra Concert featuring Utah Symphony Violinist Karen Wyatt.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | 7 PM    Olympus Jr High School


Olympus Jr High School Orchestra will perform with annual spring concert. Utah Symphony Violinist Karen Wyatt will join them to perform the J.S. Bach Violino Concerto No.1. Free & Open to the Public

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Harmon's Egyptian Dinner

Thursday, March 05, 2015 | 5 PM    Harmon's City Creek


In collaboration with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Harmons is offering an Egyptian Cuisine Cooking Demonstration and Dinner preceding the March 5th performance of Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Piano Concerto.

More information: https://www.harmonsgrocery.com/classes/a-night-at-the-symphony-cuisine-of-egypt.


MOTUS After Dark

Friday, March 11 | 9 PM    Red Door 57 W 200 South Salt Lake City


Musicians of the Utah Symphony present musical nightlife events at local bars. Cash- only cover of $10.

More information: http://www.motusafterdark.com/.


Youth Orchestra Festival

Monday, March 14, 2016 |     Abravanel Hall


16 Utah Youth Orchestras will perform in Abravanel Hall.


Bach in the Subway Day

Monday, March 21, 2016 |     Salt Lake City Main Library


Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company's Annual Benefit Party

Saturday, March 26, 2016 | 7 PM    Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center


Look for Utah Symphony staff member & Rire-Woodbuy Ambassador Andrew Wilson helping at this event.

More information: http://www.ririewoodbury.com/.


Quattro Amici in Bohemia and Germany

Monday, March 28, 2016 | 7:30 PM    Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College


Utah Symphony musicians Lun Jiang, Roberta Zalkind, and Pegsoon Whang with Westermin Faculty member Karlyn Bond perform Antonín Dvorák's serene and lovely Piano Quartet #1 in D, and Robert Schumann's glorious Piano Quartet in E-flat.

More information: www.westminstercollege.edu/music.


Utah Symphony features KSL Weather photos in 5th Grade Concerts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 |     Abravanel Hall


The KSL weather department connected Utah Symphony with a regular photo contributor whose photos were then used to illustrate Mussorgsky's Night On Bald Mountain during our 5th Grade Concerts at Abravanel Hall (February-April).

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Holst's The Planets with Clark Planetarium

April 8-9, 2016 |     Abravanel Hall


Audience members are invited to learn more about "The Planets" from Clark Panetarium in the lobby before the concert & in the program.

More information: www.utahsymphony.org.


Pre-Concert Lecture for Salt Lake Chamber Society

11-Apr-16 | 6:45 PM    Libby Gardner Hall


Utah Symphony Musician Barb Scowcroft gives the pre-concert lecture.

More information: http://www.cmsofslc.org/.


Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet with Utah Shakespeare Festival

April 15-16 | 7:30 PM    Abravanel Hall


The world’s most tragic love story comes to life with Prokofiev’s moving score and performances by actors from the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival

More information: http://www.utahsymphony.org/.


ZAP Volunteer Appreciation Party

Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 9:15 PM    Abravanel Hall


A reception for volunteers throughout the County.


Nova Gallery Series

Sunday, April 17, 2016 | 3 PM    15th Street Gallery -1519 South 1500 East


Utah Symphony Musicians Alexander Woods and Brant Bayless play with cellist Anne Francis Bayless.

More information: www.novaslc.org.


Sundays at 7

Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 7 PM    Libby Gardner Hall


Utah Symphony Musicians Claude Halter and Ann Lee join U of u Faculty Dr. Vedrana Subotic in two Beethoven Trios.

More information: http://music.utah.edu/events/.


MOTUS After Dark

Friday, May 6 | 9 PM    Finca 327 W 200 So. Salt Lake City, UT


Musicians of the Utah Symphony present musical nightlife events at local bars. Cash- only cover of $10.

More information: http://www.motusafterdark.com/.


Excellence in the Community concert featuring Utah Symphony musicians

Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7 PM    Gallivan Center


Utah Symphony Violist Carl Johansen, Cellist Anne Lee, and violinst Wen Flatt will perform with U of U pianist Ning Lu.

More information: http://excellenceconcerts.org/.


Sugarhouse Spring Arts Event

Friday, May 13, 2016 | 7 PM    Local Colors 1054 East 2100 South Salt Lake City


A quartet of Utah Symphony musicians will play near Monument Plaza in Sugarhouse..


Let's Tango: An Evening of Astor Piazzola

Monday, May 16, 2016 | 7:30 PM    Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College


Utah Symphony musiciains Yuki MacQueen and John Eckstein with Sally Humphreys, Kimi Kawashima and Karlyn Bond present some of the most infectious stylized dance music ever written. There might even be some live dancing!

More information: www.westminstercollege.edu/music.


Alzheimer's Association at Finishing Touches

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 10 AM    Abravanel Hall


Alzheimer's Association and Music Therapy Utah invite care receipients to attend a symphony event.


Running with Ed Relay

Saturday, May 21, 2016 |     Park City Education


Utah Symphony musicians and staff will run as team "Treble Makers" to raise money for the Park City Education Foundation.

More information: www.runningwithed.com.


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