Join the Utah Symphony for "Whole Lotta Shakin,'" an Evening of Everything from Swing to Rock 'N' Roll

SALT LAK CITY, Utah (April 2, 2018) – The Utah Symphony presents an evening of chart-topping hits from the golden age of swing and early rock ‘n’ rol on April 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM. l. Escape back in time as clarinetist-guitarist-pianist Dave Bennett performs fully orchestrated favorites with the Utah Symphony with favorites like “I Got Rhythm” and “Sing, Sing, Sing”. Tickets are priced from $15-$83 and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Guest Conductor Michael Krajewski shares the stage with entertainer Dave Bennett to perform orchestrated hits from Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash with the Utah Symphony. Gather friends and family and boogie on over to Abravanel Hall for a reminiscent night guaranteed to get you on your feet. This performance is a part of Utah Symphony’s Family Night, and offers $30 for two adults and two children, with additional children $5 each, up to six per pass. Discounts are also available for youth ages 5 – 18.

Entirely self-taught, Dave Bennett is a multi-instrument phenomenon – a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums, and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere saluting “The Roots of Pop,” covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly and Country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and more. Dave has been featured on NPR Radio’s “Jazz at Riverwalk,” and made his European debut in 2008 at the Bern Jazz Festival.

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. He is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Atlanta and Jacksonville Symphonies. He previously served as Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston Symphony for sixteen seasons.

The Utah Symphony Presents
Whole Lotta Shakin—‘ from Swing to Rock
April 13 and 14 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Dave Bennett, guest artist
Michael Krajewski, conductor

Program to be announced from the stage.

Concert Sponsor: TBD
Conductor Sponsor: TBD
Guest Artist Sponsor: TBD

Tickets are priced from $15-$83 and can be purchased online 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 Sspring 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 Entertainment Series Sponsor: Zions Bank