Magic Circle Mime Company and Gershwin's Magic Key Complete Utah Symphony's Family Series for the 2016-17 Season in Two Seperate Performances Featured

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 6, 2017) – On March 18 at 11 AM, Utah Symphony's David Yavornitzky conducts the Utah Symphony and Magic Circle Mime Company through the story of a mischievous street musician who finds herself thrust into the role of Mozart. On April 22 at 11 AM Rei Hotoda accompanies Classical Kids Live! as it captivates audiences with a fully-staged play and period costumes woven together with more than 23 musical excerpts from Gershwin’s best-known classics. Tickets start at $8 for both performances and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.


Saturday, March 18, Magic Circle Mime Company joins Utah Symphony for “The Mozart Experience”. Originally created for the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the troupe now travels around the country to share the story of a street musician who finds herself in the role of Mozart and a modern-day Mozart is born. Throughout the program, well-known favorites such as the Overture to “Don Giovanni”, Concerto No. 4 in D major for Violin and Orchestra, and Magic Flute Overture are sure to delight all ages.


Saturday, April 22, Classical Kids Live!’s “Gershwin’s Magic Key” will weave music provided by Utah Symphony into the performance as two actors share anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from composer George Gershwin’s life. Using history, drama, music, and fun this concert is the perfect way to introduce a child to the life and music of Gershwin through a fully-staged play about the composer’s life.

The music of George Gershwin has been heard around the world and profoundly influenced the modern evolution of opera. As creator of one of America’s most important operas, “Porgy and Bess,” and with the widespread adaption of his compositions for film and television, he was not just a composer but also a prominent influence in 20th century music. The theatrical concert presentation features lighting, projections, sound, scenic properties and period costumes woven together with 23 excerpts from Gershwin’s best-loved works, including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Strike Up The Band,” “An American in Paris,” and “I Got Rhythm.”



Arrive early for “The Mozart Experience” to enjoy the Instrument Petting Zoo! In Abravanel Hall lobby. Kids of all ages are welcome to try an array of instruments provided by Summerhays Music. With Utah Symphony Youth Guild members. Instruments and mentors will be available before the concert from 10 to 10:50, and after the concert from 12 to 12:30.

The Utah Symphony will perform “Gershwin’s Magic Key” at the Browning Fine Art Center (1901 University Circle) in Ogden on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 PM.



The Utah Symphony presents
“The Mozart Experience” with Magic Circle Mime Co.
March 18 | 11 AM
Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

David Yavornitzky, Conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
Markel Reed, Baritone
Karen Ferry, Violin
Utah Symphony

MOZART  Variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
MOZART  Magic Flute Overture Insert
MOZART  Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor, K. 486
MOZART  "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja"(Papageno's Song) from Die Zauberflöte
MOZART  Concerto No. 4 in D major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 218
MOZART  Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
MOZART  Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
MOZART  Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

Concert Sponsor: Macy’s
Conductor Sponsor: Union Pacific Foundation
Symphony Season Sponsor: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

Tickets, priced from $8-$20, are available for purchase through or by calling (801) 533-6683. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.


The Utah Symphony presents
“Gershwin’s Magic Key” from Classical Kids Live!
April 22 | 11 AM
Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rei Hotoda, Conductor
Classical Kids Live!
Utah Symphony

“Gershwin’s Magic Key”

Concert Sponsor: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles
Symphony Season Sponsor: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

Tickets, priced from $8-$20, are available for purchase through utahsymphony.orgor by calling (801) 533-6683. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

About the 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 spring 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including the new release of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 last fall. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving nearly 145,000 students annually. In addition to performances in its home in Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall, and concerts throughout the state of Utah, the Utah Symphony participates in Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre and presents the six-week Deer Valley® Music Festival each summer in Park City, Utah. 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


Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.