The Utah Symphony Presents the Return of Pianist Conrad Tao for a Program of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 2, 2018) – Join the Utah Symphony for an evening of Russian highlights and dark orchestrations with returning pianist Conrad Tao on April 6 and 7 at 7:30 PM, under the baton of Karina Canellakis, who makes her Utah Symphony debut. Tickets are priced from $15-$83, and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

The program begins with Franck’s symphonic poem “Le chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman,)” a dark tale of a count who defies the Sabbath to hunt. Following is Prokofiev’s incredibly athletic Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian.” Mr. Tao’s last performed “Bernstein at 100: Symphony No. 2” with the Utah Symphony February 23 and 24, 2018.

World-renowned pianist and composer Conrad Tao has been called a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by “The New York Times.” In the 2013-14 season as artist-in-residence with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Tao premiered his orchestral work, “The world is very different now,” a piece commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Tao’s career has inspired eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI. 

Winner of the 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Katrina Canellakis is internationally acclaimed for her emotionally charged performances, technical command and interpretive depth. She first made headlines in 2014 filling in last-minute for Jaap van Zweden in Shostakovich Symphony “No. 8” with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Assistant Conductor for two seasons.

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.

The Utah Symphony will hold a Finishing Touches Open Rehearsal on April 6 at 10 AM at Abravanel Hall. All tickets are priced at $15.

The Utah Symphony presents
Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” & Prokofiev with Conrad Tao
April 6 and 7 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall
April 6, 2018 | 10 AM | Abravanel Hall (Finishing Touches Open Rehearsal)

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

FRANCK                    “Le chausser maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)”
PROKOFIEV             Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY         Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian”

Concert Sponsors
: Dominion Energy
Conductor Sponsor: Evelyn Rosenblatt Young Artist Award
Guest Artist Sponsor: Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation
Series Sponsor: The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

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

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


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

2017-18 Masterworks Series Sponsor: O.C. Tanner