Utah Symphony | Utah Opera's Cultural Festival 2014/15

The artistic movement we call Romanticism swept through Western civilization at the beginning of the 1800s. Its practitioners rebelled against the structure and order cherished by previous generations, and regarded the free expression of individual feelings and experiences as more reliable sources of truth than rational thought.

In the 2014-15 season, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera celebrates the Romantics of the 19th century. We will explore art, dance, food, film, and music created under the Romantic influence.


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

Read Stendhal's Charterhouse of Parma
& Other Great 19th c. novels

All year 

Read a 19th century novel in preparation for our book discussion on March 5. 

See the list of books & learn more about our book discussion event. More information.

Romantic Cloud Drawings

March 21 | 1-4 PM    Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Drop-in event for individuals and family groups. Nineteenth century Romantic artists loved to show nature at its most fierce, with roiling clouds and wild forests. Learn from the Romantic art on display to create a dramatic cloud drawing. Free Day at UMFA thanks to ZAP Tax

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Film: Wagner and Me

March 24 | 7 PM    Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S

Actor Stephen Fry explores his passion for the compose Richard Wagner. Stephen is Jewish and lost his family members in the Holocaust, so feels tom about the anti-Semitic Wagner. The film includes behind-the-scenes access to the Bayreuth Festival, the theatre Wagner built to house his operas. Post film discussion led by Utah Opera Director & Wagner fan, Christopher McBeth.

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Romantic Food Event with Chef Aaron Ballard

March 28 | 5 PM-7:30 PM    Harmon's 135 E 100 S Salt Lake City

19th Century German Romanticism translated into dinner. Event will end in time to attend the symphony that night.

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March 30 | 6 PM    Utah Opera Production Studios

Part 2 of our Art Song series. The full flowering of Romantic Art Song by Brahms, Schumann, and others. This one hour concert features Utah Opera Resident Artists. Stay after the concert for a tour of the production studios.

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Utah Symphony Pro-Am

March 31 | 7 PM    Abravanel Hall

Adult community musicians rehearse and perform Brahms's Academic Festival Overture & Wagner's Overture to Rienzi side-by-side Utah Symphony Musicians. Audience members are invited to watch the process & performance.

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An Evening of Brahms: Trio of Trios

April 20 | 7:30 PM PM    Vieve Gore Concert Hall at Westminster College

The season will conclude with violinist Yuki MacQueen, clarinetist Lee Livengood ( Melissa Jensen Livengood), hornist Ronald Beitel, and cellist John Eckstein, joining pianist Karlyn Bondin a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Trio, Horn Trio, and Piano Trio in C.

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Romantic Food Event with Chef Aaron Ballard

May 2 | 5 PM-7:30 PM    Harmon's 135 E 100 S Salt Lake City

19th Century French Romanticism translated into dinner. Event will end in time to attend the symphony that night.

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Performances Featuring Romantic Composers

Puccini's Madame Butterfly

October 11-19 | 7:30 PM    Capitol Theatre

Butterfly sits alone, waiting for the beautiful day when a naval ship returns with her beloved. Three years have passed, but her hope has never wavered. The depth of her love is tested and she must choose between love and honor. With opulent costumes and sets and stunning music, Puccini’s masterpiece captures the mysterious and tragic beauty of love itself.
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

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Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 & Saint-Saëns - Violin Concerto No. 3

November 21 - 22 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall

Featuring Violinist Fumiaki Miura

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Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

January 9 - 10 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall

Featuring Conductor Mark Wigglesworth

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Strauss’ A Hero’s Life

January 30 - 31 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall

Featuring Violinist Baiba Skride

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Beethoven Violin Concerto

Feb 20-21 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall - 123 W South Temple

Featuring violinist Baiba Skride

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André Watts plays Beethoven 5

March 6 - 7 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall

Featuring pianist André Watts & Conductor Hugh Wolff

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Beethoven & Wagner

March 27 - 28 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall

Featuring Pianist Ingrid Fliter & Conductor Jun Märkl

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Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony & Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain

May 1 - 2 | 8 PM    Abravanel Hall

Featuring Conductor Kazuki Yamada (US Debut)

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