Utah Symphony adds "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie with orchestra performing the soundtrack live as part of films in concert series

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (December 21, 2017) – The Utah Symphony announced the addition of a fifth movie presentation to its popular, new “Zions Bank Films in Concert” series. On June 27 and 28, 2018, the full-length feature presentation of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” will be screened at Abravanel Hall while the Utah Symphony performs the soundtrack live to picture. Tickets are priced from $30-$79 and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.orgor by calling (801) 533-6683 starting January 5, 2018 at 10 AM.

The adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow will fill the giant screen in Abravanel Hall as the audience is treated to a live orchestra performance of composer Klaus Badelt’s score that echoes the turbulence of the high seas. The film’s score was produced by Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

“We have had such an incredible reception to the ‘Films in Concert’ series that we couldn’t resist bringing one of the most notorious pirates to the big screen in Abravanel Hall alongside the Utah Symphony,” said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Paul Meecham. “This film series shows our commitment to creating exciting programming that inspires a whole new generation of symphony goers. There is nothing quite like the immersive experience of watching a feature film on the giant screen while the soundtrack is played by a live orchestra.”

This is the first season during which the orchestra paired full length feature films on the big screen with the Utah Symphony playing the soundtracks live to picture in a “Films in Concert” series. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the first in the epic adventure chronicles of Indiana Jones, opened the season on September 7 and 8; Tim Burton’s delightful animated film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” screened on October 24; “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™,” the second Harry Potter film in the series, will be presented on December 21, 22, and 23; the Utah Symphony will perform the world premiere concert of Western classic “High Noon” on February 17, 2018.

Conner Gray Covingtonbegan his position as Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony, this season after appearing as a guest conductor on the 2017 Deer Valley® Music Festival Chamber Concert Series. In June of 2017, he completed his tenure as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he worked closely with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Opera Theater, while also being mentored by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra sharing the podium with Ludovic Morlot. Covington began his career as Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. A two-time recipient (2014, 2017) of a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., he recently worked with the Nashville Symphony as a featured conductor in the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview presented by the League of American Orchestras.

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The Utah Symphony Presents
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in Concert with the Utah Symphony

June 27 & 28, 2018 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Tickets are priced from $30-$79 and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.orgor by calling (801) 533-6683.Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

Signature Performance: No discounts available for this performance.


Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company.  Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis.  Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir.  Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development.   

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 Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in fall 2017, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (2015) and Dawn to Dust (2016), which features three Utah Symphony-commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving around140,000 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 www.utahsymphony.org


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