SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (September 27, 2016) – The 2016-17 Utah Opera season opens in October 2016 with Bizet’s "Carmen," which was last performed on the Utah Opera stage in January 2010 and is considered one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the world. Five performances will be held at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on October 8, 10, 12, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and October 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets, priced from $21-$110, are available for purchase through www.utahopera.org or by calling (801) 355-2787.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2016) – On September 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Abravanel Hall, Mary Anne Huntsman will headline the Utah Symphony’s 76th Season Opening Gala with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s legendary Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Music Director Thierry Fischer. Also on the program is the Utah Symphony performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. This celebrative, black tie gala will showcase one of Utah’s world-renowned performers as well as provide support for the Utah Symphony. Tickets start at $21, and can be purchased at utahsymphony.org.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 29, 2016) – The Utah Symphony’s 2016-17 season begins this September with two Beethoven Piano Concerti in two weekends featuring award-winning pianists Jonathan Biss and Emanuel Ax. Music Director Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony in both performances in Abravanel Hall as part of the 2016-17 O.C. Tanner Company Masterworks Series. Tickets start at $21 and can be purchased at www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683.
PARK CITY, Utah (July 26, 2016) – On Thursday August 11th, the “Soul of Spanish Guitar” Pablo Villegas will be performing Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez alongside Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda in an evening of light Spanish classics and audience guitar favorites at beautiful Red Butte Garden. Rodrigo once said that his concerto, inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez near Madrid, “is meant to sound like the hidden breeze that stirs the treetops in the parks.” Rodrigo’s masterpiece for orchestra and classical guitar will transport your mind to another time and place as it evokes the sounds of nature, in nature. Tickets start at $15 for youth and $37 for general audiences, and can be purchased at redbuttegarden.ticketfly.com/event/1152193-milos-performs-aranjuez-utah-salt-lake-city/
PARK CITY, Utah (July 26, 2016) – On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., come enjoy an evening celebration of the musical legacy of George and Ira Gershwin, performed by two-time Emmy, five-time GRAMMY Award nominee and multi-platinum selling artist Michael Feinstein under the direction of Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda at the Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. The program will include favorites like “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Love is Here to Stay,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Tickets start at $40 for general admission and $15 for youth (ages 8-18), and can be purchased at artsaltlake.org/production/michael-feinstein/
PARK CITY, Utah (July 19, 2016) – On Saturday August 6th, Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Rei Hotoda will lead the orchestra in an evening of popular movie music by John Williams at the Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. The program will include cinematic soundtrack favorites such as the whimsical music of “Harry Potter,” the awe-inspiring score from “Jurassic Park”, and the powerful new suite from “Star Wars: the Force Awakens.” Experience the genius of the world’s best-loved movie composer in this performance filled with fantasy and fun. Tickets start at $37 for general admission and $15 for youth (ages 8-18), and can be purchased at artsaltlake.org/production/the-music-of-john-williams/
Concert includes World War II forged cannons and award-winning classical performances
PARK CITY, Utah (July 19, 2016) – On Friday August 5th at 7:30 p.m., experience a night of historical bravado performed by nationally-acclaimed violinist William Hagen and Utah’s very own Cannoneers of the Wasatch and led by accomplished conductor Rei Hotoda. This concert will feature classical masterworks including Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Khachaturian’s Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Tickets start at $15 for youth and $35 for general admission, and can be purchased at http://www.deervalleymusicfestival.org/event/1812-overture/.
PARK CITY, Utah (July 19, 2016) – On Wednesday August 3rd at 8 p.m., renowned conductor and pianist Rei Hotoda will return to the Deer Valley Music Festival alongside the Utah Symphony to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in the intimate space of St. Mary’s Church in Park City, Utah. This performance of the 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival, which will showcase Ms. Hotoda’s extraordinary ability to conduct the symphony while simultaneously performing on the piano, will feature Mozart’s celebrated Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jeunehomme,” Honegger’s “Pastorale d’ete” (Summer Pastoral), and Poulenc’s “Sinfonietta.” Tickets start at $15 for youth and $35 for general audiences, and can be purchased at https://artsaltlake.org/production/mozarts-piano-concerto-no-9/.
PARK CITY, Utah (July 12, 2016) – On Saturday, July 30, 2016, GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers will join the Utah Symphony at the Deer Valley® Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of conductor Rei Hotoda. This concert is sure to entertain with its bluegrass danceable melodies and dynamic harmonies. Tickets start at $37 for general admission and $15 for youth (ages 8-18), and can be purchased at artsaltlake.org/production/steep-canyon-rangers/
Concert includes animated video excerpts from “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and “Kung Fu Panda”
PARK CITY, Utah (July 12, 2016) – On Friday July 29 at 7:30 p.m., experience the thrilling cinematic music of DreamWorks animation, led by highly sought-after Chinese-American conductor Shih-Hung Young, at the Utah Symphony’s 2016 Deer Valley® Music Festival. Come and listen to the classic soundtracks of great films including “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and more. This concert will feature 20+ years of visually stunning footage projected in HD onto the big screen alongside iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, and Danny Elfman. Tickets start at $15 for youth and $37 for general admission, and can be purchased at https://artsaltlake.org/production/dreamworks-animation/.