Joan Hess’s career has spanned the stages of Broadway, television, and film. Ms. Hess just completed her fifth Broadway show as Tanya in “Mamma Mia.” She has been in Broadway productions of “Crazy for You,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “Bells are Ringing.”
Kirby Ward’s career has spanned nearly every area of the arts, from opera to cartoon voiceovers. He has written for television, stage and film, sang and danced in the showrooms of Las Vegas, and has headlined with symphonies all over the world. Mr. Ward has been named twice “Best Director of the year” in Boston and has received the “Best Director of a Musical” and “Best Choreography” awards from the San Diego Critics Circle.
Conner Gray Covington was recently appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony, a position he began in the 2017-18 season. This past June, he completed his tenure as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In that position he worked closely with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Opera Theater and was 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. Mr. Covington began his career as Assist 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.
The Utah Symphony Presents:
Dancing and Romancing
February 9 & 10, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Kirby Ward, guest artist
Joan Hess, guest artist
GERSHWIN Overture to “Girl Crazy”
KERN “I Won’t Dance”
ARLEN “Get Happy”
BERLIN “That Old Black Magic”
KERN “The Song is You” from “Music in the Air”
WARREN Overture to “42nd Street”
BERLIN “I Love a Piano”
BERLIN “Cheek to Cheek”
PRIMA “Sing, Sing, Sing”
GORDON, WARREN “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”
MILLER, GARLAND, RAZAF “In the Mood”
KANDAR “All That Jazz” from “Chicago”
LERNER, LOWE “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady”
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN “Shall We Dance?” from “The King and I”
BERNSTEIN “Overture” to “West Side Story”
BROWN “Singin’ in the Rain”
MERCER “Blues in the Night”
PORTER “Begin the Beguine”
GERSHWIN “Shall We Dance?”
Concert Sponsor: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Guest Artist Sponsor: Dominion Energy
Tickets range from $15-$83 and can be purchased at utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683.
Plan to arrive at 6:30 PM for dance lessons with local professionals Marcea and David Hess, as they teach the basics of the Waltz, Cha-Cha, and the Fox Trot in the lobby of Abravanel Hall.
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 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving around 75,000 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
Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
2017-18 Entertainment Series Sponsor: Zion’s Bank