The Utah Symphony Continues its 'Films in Concert' Series With a Screening of Award-Winning Western Classic "High Noon"


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (January 22, 2018) – Join the Utah Symphony on February 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM for a full-length feature presentation of Stanley Kramer’s great American Western “High Noon,” while the Utah Symphony performs the soundtrack live to picture. This world premiere performance is in collaboration with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ new exhibit, “Go West! Art of the American Frontier” from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Tickets are priced from $15-$52, and can be purchased at or by calling 801-533-6683.

Saddle up for the greatest showdown in the history of cinema! In his Oscar winning role for best actor, Gary Cooper stars as a newlywed town marshal that stands alone to defend his community against a gang of revenge-seeking outlaws. Enjoy Dimitri Tiomkin’s award-winning score performed live by the Utah Symphony to this beloved Western fil

Dimitri Tiomkin was a Russian-born American film composer and conductor who was best known for his western scores for films including “Duel in the Sun,” “Red River,” “High Noon,” “The Big Sky,” “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” and “Last Train from Gun Hill.” Mr. Tiomkin received 22 Academy Award nominations and won four Oscars, three for Best Original Score for “High Noon,” “The High and the Mighty,” and “The Old Man and the Sea,” and one for Best Original Song for "The Ballad of High Noon" from the film.

A new addition to the Utah Symphony season, the “Films in Concert” series has been hailed a smashing success, helping to bring audience members of all backgrounds to the symphony. The season opened September 7th with the first of the Indiana Jones chronicles “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and continued with Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on October 24th. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™,” the second Harry PotterTM film, was shown December 21, and just recently the Utah Symphony added “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” as the series finale, set for June 27 and 28, 2018.

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
“High Noon” in Concert
February 17, 2018 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor

Tickets are priced from $15-$52, and can be purchased at www.utahsymphony.orgor by calling (801) 533-6683. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

This world premiere performance is in collaboration with “Go West! Art of the American Frontier” from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. “Go West! Art of the American Frontier” is on display at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) from December 3, 2017—March 11, 2018. More information on the exhibit can be found at

Concert Sponsor:
Naoma Tate and the Family of Hal Tate

Entertainment Series Sponsor: Zions Bank

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 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


The Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
The 2017-2018 Entertainment Series Sponsor is Zions Bank