Utah Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season Featured

Saint-Saëns symphony cycle recorded live on the Hyperion label making the Utah Symphony the first American orchestra to ever record the full cycle of Saint-Saëns’ symphonies

Season opening gala performance featuring acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming
in celebration of Utah Opera’s 40th Anniversary

March 2018 Bernstein at 100 festival in celebration of his 100th birthday

Guest pianist Conrad Tao returns as Artist in Association, performing Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on two separate programs

Famed violin soloist Hilary Hahn returns to Salt Lake City to perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto

Utah Symphony musicians Concertmaster Madeline Adkins, Principal Viola Brant Bayless,
Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis, and Principal Trumpet Travis Peterson, featured as
soloists on Masterworks programs

Utah Symphony debuts of guest conductors Karina Canellakis and Markus Stenz, and guest artists Russian pianist Boris Giltburg, Moldovian-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh; and U.S. debut of Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu

U.S. premiere of French composer Tristan Murail’s “Reflections / Reflets III,”
a Utah Symphony co-commission

Beloved classical favorites include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Mozart’s Mass in C with Utah soprano Celena Shafer and Utah Symphony Chorus, Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird”

Launch of the new Films in Concert series with four blockbuster movies shown on the big screen
while the orchestra plays the soundtrack live

Return of Tony-Award winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, Celtic Woman, and six-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winning actress/singer Audra McDonald on the Entertainment Series

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 16, 2017) -- Building upon the energy, excitement and momentum of its  April 2016 Carnegie Hall performance, which was included by New York Magazine’s critic Justin Davidson on his list of the top ten classical-music concerts of 2016, Music Director Thierry Fischer and President & CEO Paul Meecham today announced the Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season. Highlights include a landmark Saint-Saëns symphony cycle, with all five of the French composer’s symphonies recorded and released on the Hyperion label; the return of multi-GRAMMY award winning violinist Hilary Hahn to perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto; a Leonard Bernstein festival in honor of his 100th birthday; the return of guest pianist Conrad Tao as Artist in Association; and a gala concert featuring world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in celebration of Utah Opera’s 40th anniversary season.

 

 

Harkening back to its pioneering history when the Utah Symphony became the first American orchestra under former Music Director Maurice Abravanel to record all nine Mahler symphonies, the Utah Symphony will be the first U.S. orchestra to record all five of Camille Saint-Saëns’ symphonies.

“Programming a Saint-Saëns symphony cycle with an American Orchestra, and recording it for a European CD label, provides us with a unique opportunity. A Saint-Saëns cycle is incredibly rare here so I believe it’s about time an orchestra of our caliber takes on this as a very motivating challenge,” said Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer, who will be in his ninth season leading the orchestra. “In addition to these wonderful French Romantic statements of joy and sorrow, we will continue to explore the music of Stravinsky in 2017-18. We will also perform four of Strauss’ mighty tone poems and are honored to pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein during his centennial. It promises to be an amazing season.”

The orchestra’s 2017-18 Masterworks series will include classical favorites such as Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Mozart’s Mass in C with Utah soprano Celena Shafer and the Utah Symphony Chorus, Saint- Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Rachmaninoff’s  Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Jon Kimura Parker. The works of Richard Strauss will be highlighted with performances of “Don Juan,” “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks,” Serenade for Winds, “Don Quixote” and “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Maestro Fischer also continues his multi-season exploration of the works by Stravinsky with the complete ballet music from “The Firebird,” “Symphony of Psalms,” and the first Utah Symphony performance of the recently rediscovered work “Funeral Song. “

“I’m very much looking forward to watching Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season unfold,” said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Paul Meecham. “The incredible momentum generated from the acclaimed Carnegie Hall concert last April, our recording projects and growing national recognition of our orchestra and its Music Director Thierry Fischer sets the stage for an exciting season full of interesting repertoire and wonderful guest artists. And we are happy to launch the Films in Concert series as an entry point for new generations of symphony goers to experience the joy of live orchestral music.”

The Utah Symphony is also pleased to welcome Conner Gray Covington to the role as Assistant Conductor for the 2017-18 season. Mr. Covington most recently served as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and was recipient of a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., in May of 2016. Among other conducting responsibilities, Mr. Covington will lead the orchestra in school concerts through the organization’s Education Department as well as engage audiences at concerts on the Family Series.

In addition to its Masterworks Series concerts, the Utah Symphony also announced the launch of an all-new film series featuring four blockbuster movies shown on the big screen while the Utah Symphony plays the soundtracks live; the return of Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald as part of the Entertainment Series; Family Series performances of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, and Scheherazade with the Enchantment Theatre Company; and a special event performance featuring Celtic Woman.

Since Maestro Fischer’s appointment as music director, he has initiated several multi-season surveys of the works of composers Stravinsky, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven. As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, the orchestra performed all nine Mahler symphonies over two seasons and released a live recording of Mahler Symphony No. 1 “Titan” under Reference Recordings in Fall 2015 as the orchestra’s first album under Maestro Fischer. “Dawn to Dust,” released in Spring 2016, marked the conductor’s second live recording with the orchestra. It featured three world premiere works commissioned by the Utah Symphony from acclaimed American composers Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman and Augusta Read Thomas.  Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the “Symphony of a Thousand,” was recorded live with Maestro Fischer, the Utah Symphony, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir in February 2016 and is scheduled for release in 2017.

 

2017-18 SEASON AT A GLANCE

The Saint-Saëns Project
During Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season, Maestro Fischer and the Utah Symphony explore the remarkable music of Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the late 19th century's most significant and diverse French composers. The orchestra will present all five of his symphonies throughout the Masterworks Series, starting with Symphony No. 2 on September 23 and 23, followed by Symphony No. 3 “Organ,” “Bacchanale” from “Samson et Dalila” and “Trois tableaux symphoniques d'après La Foi” on December 1 and 2; piano soloist Louis Lortie playing the Piano Concerto No. 2, along with Utah Symphony’s performances of “Carnival of the Animals”and Symphony in F Major “Urbs Roma” on December 8 and 9;  the composer’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso on a program with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances on November 3 and 4; Symphony No. 1 and “Danse macabre” on February 23 and 24; and Symphony in A Major on March 2 and 3. The five symphonies and several other works by Saint-Saëns will be recorded live and released by European label Hyperion on three CDs as the orchestra’s sixth, seventh, and eighth recordings with Maestro Fischer. This marks the first time a U.S. orchestra has recorded and released all five of Saint-Saëns’ symphonies.

Bernstein at 100
In celebration of the 100th birthday of American composer Leonard Bernstein, the Utah Symphony presents a two-weekend long Masterworks tribute that begins February 23 and 24 with guest pianist and Artist-in-Association Conrad Tao performing a startling portrait of modern uncertainty in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety,” paired with Saint-Saëns’ wickedly fun “Danse macabre” and Symphony No. 1. The following weekend on March 2 and 3, audiences experience the incredible range of Bernstein’s talents as his 100th birthday celebration continues with performances of his beautifully reverent choral work Chichester Psalms and joyfully raucous Divertimento. The program also features Saint-Saëns’ refreshing Symphony in A Major, written when the composer was just 15 years old, and Stravinsky’s moving Symphony of Psalms.

U.S. Premiere of Tristan Murail’s Reflections / Reflets III
Co-commissioned by the Utah Symphony and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Prix de Rome-winning French composer Tristan Murail’s “Reflections / Reflets III” will be given its U.S. premiere by the Utah Symphony under Maestro Fischer on May 25 and 26. A former student of Olivier Messiaen, Mr. Murail is a leading composer within the spectralist movement in contemporary music, to which composers Gérard Grisey and Kaija Saariaho have also been linked. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Music at Columbia University, where he was on the composition faculty from 1997 till 2011. Mr. Murail’s first two “Reflections / Reflets” pieces were commissioned by the BBC Symphony and premiered under Sakari Oramo in 2013.

Maestro Fischer has championed Mr. Murail’s music in Europe, leading the London Sinfonietta in a 2013 performance of La Chambre des Cartes and conducting the Munich Chamber Orchestra in the 2015 world premiere of Contes Cruels. The WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne will give the world premiere of the new work on December 1 in Cologne, Germany.

Guest soloists sharing the stage
Guest soloists joining the Utah Symphony on the stage include GRAMMY-award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on September 15 and 16; Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in her Utah Symphony debut on September 22 and 23; Moldovian-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in her Utah Symphony debut performing Schoenberg’s imaginative Violin Concerto on October 20 and 21, Utah-born violinist William Hagen performing Saint-Saëns’ Tzigane and Ravel’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso on November 3 and 4; pianist Jon Kimura Parker playing Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”on November 17 and 18;  French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie performing Saint- Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 on December 8 and 9; international multi-GRAMMY award winning violin sensation Hilary Hahn performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto on January 5 and 6; pianist Stephen Hough performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on January 12 and 13; Ronald Brautigam performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jeunehomme” on February 2 and 3; Artist-in-Association Conrad Tao, returning for his sixth time since his debut with the Utah Symphony in October 2010, performing Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” on February 23 and 24, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on April 6 and 7; Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu in her U.S. orchestra debut performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto April 20 and 22; and Russian pianist Boris Giltburg in his Utah Symphony debut playing Shostakovich’s first and second piano concertos on April 27 and 28.

Vocalists and choral works
Vocalists and choral ensembles share the Abravanel Hall stage during the Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season. Opera sensation Renée Fleming performs with the Utah Opera Chorus on September 13 as part of Utah Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season celebration. Guest conductor Markus Stenz will lead the orchestra, vocalists Celena Shafer, Sarah Shafer, Thomas Cooley and Patrick Carfizzi in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor “The Great” on November 10 and 11 alongside University of Utah Choirs and Utah Symphony Chorus prepared by Utah Symphony Chorus Director Barlow Bradford.

On March 2 and 3, audiences experience the incredible range of Bernstein’s talents as his 100th birthday celebration continues under the baton of Maestro Fischer with the Utah Symphony Chorus and University of Utah Choirs joining the orchestra in performances of his beautifully reverent choral work Chichester Psalms and joyfully raucous Divertimento.

Guest conductors on the podium
The Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season marks the return of several internationally-renowned conductors to the stage. On November 3 and 4, composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher leads Ravel’s Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose) and Tzigane along with Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances with local Utah violin soloist Will Hagen. Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Markus Stenz makes his debut with the Utah Symphony leading guest vocalists with University of Utah Choirs and Utah Symphony Chorus on November 10 and 11 in performances of Brahms’ Preludes and Songs and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor “The Great.” Mark Wigglesworth, a frequent guest conductor with the Utah Symphony, returns to Abravanel Hall on November 17 and 18 for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Jon Kimura Parker and will conduct other works by Rossini and Elgar. Bernard Labadie, a specialist in Baroque and Classical repertoire, takes the baton February 2 and 3 for Mozart and Haydn featuring pianist Ronald Brautigam. Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting AwardKarina Canellakis makes her Utah Symphony debut on April 6 and 7, leading the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian,” Franck’s Le chasseur maudit and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Artist-in-Association Conrad Tao. Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada, who made his U.S. conducting debut with Utah Symphony in May 2015, returns to lead pianist Alexandra Dariescu in Grieg’s Piano Concerto on April 20 and 21.

Entertainment, Family and Special Event Concert series
On the 2017-18 Entertainment series lineup, Utah Symphony welcomes back to the Abravanel Hall stage perennial Broadway favorite Brian Stokes Mitchell for a holiday pops concert on December 15 and 16, and presents Tony and GRAMMY award-winning actress/singer Audra McDonald on March 23 and 24. The 2017-18 Family series highlights includes the annual Here Comes Santa Claus holiday concert on December 16, Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham concert on March 17 complete with a diva soprano portraying the character Sam-I-Am!, and Enchantment Theatre Company’s “Scheherazade” on April 14, 2018 set to evocative music of Rimsky-Korsakov, with stunning costumes, spellbinding magic and spectacular puppets. Special Events for 2017-18 include the Utah Opera 40th anniversary gala featuring Renée Fleming on September 13, Messiah Sing-In holiday favorite on November 25 and 26, and the return of Celtic Woman on December 12. The series also includes annual youth musician concerts, Salute to Youth on September 26 and All Star Evening on May 22, 2018.

Films in Concert series
Building upon the success of film presentations coupled with live orchestra playing the soundtrack, the Utah Symphony proudly presents four orchestra concerts featuring motion pictures on the big screen.Raiders of the Lost Ark” will kick off the opening of the 2017-18 season on September 8 and 9; Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on October 24 is an apt choice for its Halloween setting; and the next Harry Potter film in the eight-part series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on December 21, 22 and 23 will follow the holiday tradition. Discussions are underway to present the world premiere concert of a classic Hollywood western as part of the Films in Concert Series on February 17. When the premiere is confirmed, we will announce the fourth film on this series.

This event is in collaboration with Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, December 3, 2017–March 11, 2018, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), umfa.utah.edu.


2017-18 MASTERWORKS SERIES GUEST ARTISTS

CONDUCTORS
Matthias Pintscher
Markus Stenz (*Utah Symphony debut)
Mark Wigglesworth
Bernard Labadie
Karina Canellakis (*Utah Symphony debut)
Kazuki Yamada

PIANISTS
Conrad Tao
Louis Lortie
Jon Kimura Parker
Ronald Brautigam
Alexandra Dariescu (*U.S. orchestra debut)
Boris Giltburg (*Utah Symphony debut)

STRING SOLOISTS
Hilary Hahn, violin
Augustin Hadelich, violin
William Hagen, violin
Harriet Krijgh, cello (*Utah Symphony debut)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin (*Utah Symphony debut)

UTAH SYMPHONY CHORUS

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH CHOIRS

Tickets and Subscriptions

Subscription renewals and purchases are available online at www.utahsymphony.org starting February 17, 2017. 2016-17 season subscribers have until March 30, 2017 to renew their subscriptions or request seat changes for the 2017-18 season before seats are released to new subscribers and subscribers requesting seat changes. Subscriptions may also be renewed or purchased by calling (801) 533-6683 or by visiting the Abravanel Hall Ticket Office (123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah).

To request a 2017-18 Utah Symphony season brochure, please call Utah Symphony | Utah Opera Patron Services at (801) 533-6683, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or write to ATTN: USUO Patron Services, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

Single tickets for the 2017-18 Utah Symphony season will be available starting June 20, 2017. 

2017-18 O.C. TANNER COMPANY MASTERWORKS SERIES

Augustin Hadelich performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
September 15-16, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Mozart               Overture to Don Giovanni
Beethoven        Violin Concerto
R. Strauss         Don Juan
R. Strauss         Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Fischer conducts Saint-Saëns & Dvořák
September 22-23, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Harriet Krijgh, cello (*Utah Symphony debut)

Berlioz                Roman Carnival Overture
Saint-Saëns      Symphony No. 2
Dvořák               Cello Concerto

Fischer conducts Beethoven’s Fifth
October 20 & 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall
October 20, 2017 | 10 a.m. | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches Open Rehearsal)

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin (*Utah Symphony debut)

Brahms              Selections from Hungarian Dances
Schoenberg      Violin Concerto
Beethoven        Symphony No. 5

Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances
November 3 & 4, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
William Hagen, violin

Ravel                     Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose)
Saint-Saëns         Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
Ravel                    Tzigane
Rachmaninoff     Symphonic Dances

Mozart’s Great Mass with Brahms’ Songs
November 10 & 11, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Markus Stenz, conductor (*Utah Symphony debut)
Barlow Bradford, chorus director
Celena Shafer, soprano
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Patrick Carfizzi, bass-baritone
University of Utah Choirs
Utah Symphony Chorus

Brahms (arr. Glanert)      Four Preludes and Serious Songs
Mozart                              Mass in C Minor, “The Great”

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Jon Kimura Parker
November 17 & 18, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall
November 17, 2017 | 10 a.m. | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches Open Rehearsal)

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Rossini                    Overture to “The Barber of Seville”
Rachmaninoff        Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Elgar                        Symphony No. 1

Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony
December 1 & 2, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor

Saint-Saëns       “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah
Saint-Saëns       Trois tableaux symphoniques d'après La Foi
Saint-Saëns       Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

Louis Lortie performs Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2
December 8 & 9, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

Saint-Saëns      Symphony in F Major, “Urbs Roma”
Saint-Saëns      Piano Concerto No. 2
Saint-Saëns      Carnival of the Animals

Hilary Hahn plays Dvořák’s Violin Concerto
January 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | de Jong Concert Hall (Provo, Utah)
January 5 & 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin

Haydn               Symphony No. 8 “Le soir”
Dvořák              Selections from Slavonic Dances
Dvořák              Violin Concerto

Fischer conducts Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky
January 11, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | de Jong Concert Hall (Provo, Utah)
January 12 & 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Stravinsky            Funeral Song
Rachmaninoff    Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky           The Firebird

Mozart & Haydn
February 2 & 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Ronald Brautigam, piano

Joseph Martin Kraus       Overture to “Olympie”
Mozart                                Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jeunehomme”
Mozart                                Eine kleine nachtmusik
Haydn                                 Symphony No. 99

Bernstein at 100: Symphony No. 2 with Conrad Tao
February 23 & 24, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Saint-Saëns       Danse macabre
Saint-Saëns       Symphony No. 1
Bernstein           Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety”

Bernstein at 100: Chichester Psalms & Divertimento
March 2 & 3, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Barlow Bradford, chorus director
Boy Soprano from The Madeleine Choir School
University of Utah Choirs
Utah Symphony Chorus

Saint-Saëns       Symphony in A Major
Bernstein           Chichester Psalms
Stravinsky          Symphony of Psalms
Bernstein           Divertimento for Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” & Prokofiev with Conrad Tao
April 6 & 7, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall
April 6, 2018 | 10 a.m. | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches Open Rehearsal)

Karina Canellakis, conductor (*Utah Symphony debut)
Conrad Tao, piano

Franck               Le chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)
Prokofiev          Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky     Symphony No 2, “Little Russian”

Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Alexandra Dariescu
April 20 & 21, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Kazuki Yamada, conductor
Alexandra Dariescu, piano (*U.S. orchestra debut)

Nielsen             Helios Overture
Grieg                 Piano Concerto
Sibelius            Symphony No 2

Fischer conducts Shostakovich
April 27 & 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano (*Utah Symphony debut)
Travis Peterson, trumpet

Shostakovich    Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich    Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich    Symphony No. 10

Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote & Zarathustra
May 4 & 5, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Rainer Eudeikis, cello (Don Quixote)
Brant Bayless, viola (Sancho Panza)

R. Strauss         Serenade for Winds
R. Strauss         Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Knightly Character
R. Strauss         Also sprach Zarathustra

Season Finale: Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2
May 25 & 26, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall
May 25, 2018 | 10 a.m. | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches Open Rehearsal)

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Madeline Adkins, violin

Tristan Murail    Reflections / Reflets III (U.S. Premiere, Utah Symphony Commission)
Korngold            Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff   Symphony No. 2


2017-18 FILMS IN CONCERT SERIES

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Concert
September 7 & 8, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. Abravanel Hall

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
October 24, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Abravanel Hall
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All Rights

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™” in Concert
December 21, 22 & 23, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Films in Concert #4 – To Be Announced
February 17, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Abravanel Hall


2017-18 ZIONS BANK ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

Broadway Divas
October 27 & 28, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Jack Everly, conductor
Christina Bianco, vocalist
Mandy Gonzalez, vocalist
N’Kenge, vocalist
Kristen Plumley, vocalist

Holiday Pops with Brian Stokes Mitchell
December 15 & 16, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Brian Stokes Mitchell, guest artist

Dancing & Romancing
February 9 & 10, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Audra McDonald with the Utah Symphony
March 23 & 24, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Audra McDonald, guest artist

Elvis: The King’s Songbook with the Utah Symphony
April 13 & 14, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall


2017-18 FAMILY SERIES

Here Comes Santa Claus!
December 16, 2017 | 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham
March 17, 2018 | 11 a.m. | Abravanel Hall

Kimberly Schroeder, actor and soprano
Sara Valentine, actor

Enchantment Theatre Company presents Scheherazade
April 14, 2018 | 11 a.m. | Abravanel Hall


2017-18 SPECIAL EVENT PERFORMANCES

An Evening with Renée Fleming
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. Abravanel Hall

Salute to Youth
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Messiah Sing-in
November 25 & 26, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

Celtic Woman with the Utah Symphony
December 12, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Abravanel Hall

All Star Evening
May 22, 2018 | 7:00 PM | Abravanel Hall


Utah Symphony
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony performs more than 175 concerts each season and offers all Utahns easy access to world-class live musical performances of the world’s greatest music in the state’s top venues. Since being named the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2009, Thierry Fischer has attracted leading musicians and top soloists, refreshed programming, drawn increased audiences, and galvanized community support. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including the Mighty 5® Tour of Utah’s National Parks, the Utah Symphony has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including, most recently, two albums for Reference Recordings: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Dawn to Dust, which features three Utah Symphony-commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. For more information visit www.utahsymphony.org.

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