The Utah Symphony kicks off 2018 with superb soloists Hilary Hahn and Stephen Hough in two exemplary programs

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (December 23, 2017)—On January 5, 6, 12, and 13, join the Utah Symphony as they continue their 2017-18 Masterworks series with Dvořák’s Violin Concerto featuring world-famous violinist Hilary Hahn,and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the spectacular pianist Stephen Hough, both conducted by Music Director Thierry Fischer. Tickets are priced from $15-$83, and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Ms. Hahn has been a frequent visitor of Salt Lake City since the age of 13, when she first captivated Abravanel Hall’s audience on New Year’s Eve of 1992. Her most recent performance with the Utah Symphony was November 16 and 17, 2012, in which she played Korngold’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, prompting “a foot-stamping ovation, not just from the orchestra but from the audience as well.” (“The Salt Lake Tribune”)

Mr. Hough’s last performance with the Utah Symphony also occurred in the 2012 season, when he gracefully performed one of the most technically demanding piano compositions, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto on March 23 and 24. Mr. Hough, along with conductor Mark Wigglesworth, “honored the composer’s brisk tempos, [leaving a] particularly electrifying effect in vivacissimo passages of the finale.” (“The Salt Lake Tribune”)

Music Director of the Utah Symphony since 2009 and currently extended to 2022, Thierry Fischer has revitalized the orchestra with creative programming, critically acclaimed performances, and new recordings. Highlights of his tenure include a multi-season Haydn symphony cycle; Mahler, Beethoven, and Nielsen cycles; and a tour of Utah’s five national parks.  In celebration of its 75th anniversary season, the orchestra appeared at Carnegie Hall in April 2016 to critical acclaim and released an album of newly commissioned works by Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Augusta Read Thomas on Reference Recordings.


On January 5 and 6, join the Utah Symphony as they team up with “Impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful” (“The New York Times”) violinist Hilary Hahn to perform Dvořák’s striking Violin Concerto. The program continues Utah Symphony and music directorThierry Fischer’s multi-season study of the early Haydn symphonies, including selections from Dvořák’s irresistible “Slavonic Dances,” and Haydn’s Symphony No. 8, “Le Soir.” Tickets are priced from $15-$71, and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Dvořák composed Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 for the adroit, yet finicky Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim in 1879. The original work had to be completely re-written three times for the musician to be content with his dedication, leaving behind a remarkably striking piece treasured by audiences from the 1883 Prague premiere to modern times. The Violin Concerto’s legacy of excellence remains in intact as a prominent work considered to be a vital piece in classic violin repertoire. 

Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is renowned for her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative programming. Ms. Hahn has released sixteen albums on Deutsche Grammophon and Sony labels, in addition to three DVDs, an Oscar-nominated movie soundtrack, an award-winning recording for children, and various compilations. In 2001, Ms. Hahn was named “America’s Best Classical Musician” by “Time” magazine, and in 2010, she appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien.


Hilary Hahn will perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony at Brigham Young University’s de Jong Concert Hall on January 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM. De Jong concert hall is located on North Campus drive and Heritage drive in the Harris Fine Arts Center Building, Provo, Utah, 84604. Tickets range from $17-$40, and can be purchased at, or by calling (801) 422-2981.

A pre-concert lecture free to all ticketholders will take place at all Masterworks Series performances in Abravanel Hall’s First Tier Room 45 minutes prior to each performance.


On January 12 and 13, Stephen Hough, “one of the finest pianists of the age” (“St. Louis Post-Dispatch,”) returns under the baton of Thierry Fischer to perform Rachmaninoff’s boldly romantic Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Utah Symphony. The concert is introduced with a newly discovered gem by the young Stravinsky, “Funeral Song,” a composition that was performed once before being lost for over a century. The program concludes with Stravinsky’s beloved breakthrough ballet, “The Firebird.” Tickets are priced from $15-$83 and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Originally written when Rachmaninoff was 18 years old, Piano Concerto No. 1 abandons catchy melodies for vivacious, youthful, and impulsive motifs. When the piece was later revised in 1917, Rachmaninoff dramatically thinned orchestral and piano textures, revealing the immense technical training he had acquired—all while keeping his initial youthful, spirited demeanor. Of all Rachmaninoff’s later revisions, this could be interpreted as one with the most magnitude. “I have rewritten my First Concerto,” he mentioned to a friend. “It really is good now. All the youthful freshness is there, and yet it plays so much more easily.”

Stephen Hough has earned his title as a true Renaissance man through his reputation as both an insightful concert pianist, and composer for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble, and solo piano. Mr. Hough’s award highlights include the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010, and earning the position of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List. Mr. Hough is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and is a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.

Mr. Hough’s previously scheduled January 11, 2018 Brigham Young University performance has unfortunately been CANCELED.
A pre-concert lecture free to all ticketholders will take place at all Masterworks Series performances in Abravanel Hall’s First Tier Room 45 minutes prior to each performance.

PROGRAM:The Utah Symphony presents
Dvořák’s “Violin Concerto”

January 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM | de Jong Concert Hall (Provo)
January 5 and 6, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, Conductor 
Hilary Hahn, Violin         

HAYDN: Symphony No. 8 “Le soir”
DVOŘÁK: Selections from “Slavonic Dances” 
DVOŘÁK: Violin Concerto       

Concert Sponsors: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation                                          
Guest Artist Sponsor: Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation               

Tickets are priced from $15-$71, and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.                                                                                                 

The Utah Symphony presents
Fischer conducts Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky
January 12 and 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano

STRAVINSKY: “Funeral Song”
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY: “The Firebird”

Concert Sponsor:
Zion’s Bank
Conductor Sponsor: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Tickets are priced from $15-$83 and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Students ages 5 and older can attend most Utah Symphony Masterworks and Entertainment concerts for only $15 ($20 on the day of the performance). Students can attend as many performances as they’d like with the $59 All-Access Student Season Pass, or, for only $99, they can bring a friend with the All-Access Student Duet Season Pass. Valid student ID is required to participate.

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 around 140,000 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.

2017-18 Masterworks Series Sponsor: OC Tanner