The Utah Symphony Season Draws to a Close With Two Programs Highlighting Symphony Artists

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (April 23, 2018) – Attend the 2017-18 season’s final two performances as the incredible talent of Utah Symphony musicians is put on display. Richard Strauss’ tone poem “Don Quixote & Zarathustra” takes place on March 4 and 5, and on May 22, Utah Symphony members share the stage with local youth instrumentalists for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto “No. 1.” Tickets are priced from $15-$83, and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

May 4 and 5 (Friday / Saturday) -- Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis and Principal Violist Brant Bayless are Featured in an All-Strauss Program

On March 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM, join the Utah Symphony for an evening of Strauss’ greatest hits under the baton of Thierry Fischer. The program begins with two of his most popular tone poems — “Serenade for Winds” and “Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Knightly Character,” featuring Rainer Eudeikis and Brant Bayless, the principal cellist and violists of the symphony. Following is “Also sprach Zarathustra,” featuring the famous “Sunrise” fanfare heard in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Tickets are priced from $15-$66, and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

Rainer Eudeikis joined the Utah Symphony as principal cellist in 2014, following completion of his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has also been principal cellist of the Mainly Mozart Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Central City Opera. Mr. Rainer was a two-year fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, where he was Principal Cellist in 2011.

Principal Violist Brant Bayless joined the Utah Symphony in 2001, immersing himself in the vibrant musical community in Salt Lake City; Mr. Bayless performs regularly on the NOVA and Intermezzo chamber music series, teaches at Westminster College, and appears with the Canyonlands new Music Ensemble. Mr. Bayless recently traveled to Brazil in 2010 with the Fry Street Quartet as a guest violist.

Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra 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.



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.

May 22 (Tuesday) -- Teen Pianist Jarom Martineau Performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto "No. 1" For an All-Star Evening

On May 22 at 7 PM, join the Utah Symphony as chosen All-Star soloist Jarom Martineau debuts his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto “No. 1” under the baton of Conner Gray Covington. Following Mr. Martineau’s performance, talented high school instrumentalists perform side-by-side with the Utah Symphony. Tickets are priced from $x-$x, and can be purchased online at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

The All-Star Evening is a yearly Utah Symphony tradition that aims to expose talented young musicians towards professional guidance and experience. Musicians are selected from area youth orchestras throughout Utah.

Jarom Martineau started piano at the age of 8, and entered a professional studio when he was 11. Mr. Martineau has won state competitions throughout Arizona and Utah, a regional competition including seven southwest states, was selected as one of the top seven young pianists in the country, and won two international competitions, leading him to play in Carnegie Hall twice.


Conner Gray Covingtonbegan his position as  Assistant Conductor of the Utah Symphony, this season after appearing as a guest conductor on the 2017 Deer Valley® Music Festival Chamber Concert Series. In June of 2017, he completed his tenure as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he worked closely with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Opera Theater, while also being 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. Covington began his career as Assistant 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
Richard Strauss’ “Don Quixote & Zarathustra”
May 4-5, 2018 | 7:30 PM | Abravanel Hall

Thierry Fischer, conductor
Rainer Eudeikis, cello
Brant Bayless, viola

R. STRAUSS                “Serenade for Winds”
R. STRAUSS                “Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of a Knightly Character”
R. STRAUSS                “Also sprach Zarathustra”

Concert Sponsor:
Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
Conductor Sponsor: Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation


The Utah Symphony presents
All Star Evening: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto “No. 1”
May 22, 2018 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall

Conner Gray Covington, conductor
Jarom Martineau, piano

RACHMANINOFF          Piano Concerto “No. 1”
*Remainder of program TBD

Concert Sponsor: Zions Bank
Conductor Sponsor: Dominion Energy
Guest Artist Sponsor: CBRE

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 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