SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 17, 2017) – Building upon the audience excitement for film screenings coupled with live orchestra playing the soundtrack, the Utah Symphony proudly announced the creation of a Films in Concert series on its 2017-18 season featuring four orchestra presentations paired with motion pictures on the big screen at Abravanel Hall. Tickets for the Films in Concert series go on sale February 17, 2017 at 10 AM via and (801) 355-2787.

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Utah Symphony Announces 2017-18 Season

Saint-Saëns symphony cycle recorded live on the Hyperion label making the Utah Symphony the first American orchestra to ever record the full cycle of Saint-Saëns’ symphonies

Season opening gala performance featuring acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming
in celebration of Utah Opera’s 40th Anniversary

March 2018 Bernstein at 100 festival in celebration of his 100th birthday

Guest pianist Conrad Tao returns as Artist in Association, performing Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on two separate programs

Famed violin soloist Hilary Hahn returns to Salt Lake City to perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto

Utah Symphony musicians Concertmaster Madeline Adkins, Principal Viola Brant Bayless,
Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis, and Principal Trumpet Travis Peterson, featured as
soloists on Masterworks programs

Utah Symphony debuts of guest conductors Karina Canellakis and Markus Stenz, and guest artists Russian pianist Boris Giltburg, Moldovian-Austrian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh; and U.S. debut of Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu

U.S. premiere of French composer Tristan Murail’s “Reflections / Reflets III,”
a Utah Symphony co-commission

Beloved classical favorites include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Mozart’s Mass in C with Utah soprano Celena Shafer and Utah Symphony Chorus, Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird”

Launch of the new Films in Concert series with four blockbuster movies shown on the big screen
while the orchestra plays the soundtrack live

Return of Tony-Award winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, Celtic Woman, and six-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winning actress/singer Audra McDonald on the Entertainment Series

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 16, 2017) -- Building upon the energy, excitement and momentum of its  April 2016 Carnegie Hall performance, which was included by New York Magazine’s critic Justin Davidson on his list of the top ten classical-music concerts of 2016, Music Director Thierry Fischer and President & CEO Paul Meecham today announced the Utah Symphony’s 2017-18 season. Highlights include a landmark Saint-Saëns symphony cycle, with all five of the French composer’s symphonies recorded and released on the Hyperion label; the return of multi-GRAMMY award winning violinist Hilary Hahn to perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto; a Leonard Bernstein festival in honor of his 100th birthday; the return of guest pianist Conrad Tao as Artist in Association; and a gala concert featuring world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming in celebration of Utah Opera’s 40th anniversary season.

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Upcoming season includes:

Gala fundraiser with international opera soprano Renée Fleming

Reprise of “La bohème,” the first opera produced by Utah Opera, double-bill of “Pagliacci” and “Gianni Schicchi,” and grand finale celebration with “Die Fledermaus”

The Utah debut of American contemporary opera "Moby-Dick"

New productions constructed in house at the Utah Opera Production Studios for “Moby-Dick” and double-bill of “Pagliacci” and “Gianni Schicchi”

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 15, 2017) — Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera’s 2017-18 season in recognition of the company’s 40th anniversary. From September 2017 to May 2018, Utah Opera will present four main-stage productions, a gala featuring soprano Renée Fleming, and numerous community collaborations that celebrate the role of the company in cultivating opera audiences in Utah, a tradition established by founder Glade Peterson.


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Highlights of the 14th annual summer festival in Park City include:

The returns of songstress Diana Krall in a solo main stage performance, and
rock pianist/vocalist Ben Folds with the Utah Symphony

Original members of The Beach Boys in concert with the Utah Symphony

The full-length “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” film on the giant screen with
the Utah Symphony performing John Williams’ score live

Tony Award-winning Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr.

The Music of Prince with the Utah Symphony in honor of the late ‘80s pop megastar

Patti Austin singing Ella Fitzgerald’s hits, Ella at 100, with the Utah Symphony in celebration
of the jazz legend’s 100th birthday anniversary

Disney in Concert “A Dream is a Wish” featuring scenes on the big screen and scores from “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pocahontas,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and other blockbusters

A tribute to The Beatles, Classical Mystery Tour, in commemoration of the British band’s 50th anniversary of the release of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”album

The 1812 Overture! featuring live cannon fire from Cannoneers of the Wasatch

Four chamber orchestra programs in the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Church

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 13, 2017) – Utah Symphony | Utah Opera today announced its lineup for the 2017 Deer Valley® Music Festival in Park City, Utah. Highlights of the five-week, 16-concert music festival, which begins on July 1, 2017 and runs through August 5, 2017, include Utah Symphony performances with Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Folds and original members of The Beach Boys; GRAMMY® Award-winner Patti Austin honoring Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song,” and her 100th birthday anniversary; “The Music of Prince” in a tribute to the late, great pop rocker; Disney in Concert “A Dream is a Wish” with scenes from favorite animated movies including “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Pocahontas”; and the perennial favorite, the 1812 Overture! with live cannon fire on the hillside provided by Cannoneers of the Wasatch.   


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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 9, 2017) – The Utah Symphony today announced the appointment of Conner Gray Covington as assistant conductor, starting September 2017.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 9, 2017) – On February 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM, Music Director Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony and guest artists Joélle Harvey, Sarah Coit, Benjamin Butterfield, Derrick Parker, Utah Symphony Chorus, and the University of Utah Chamber Choir with Mozart’s iconic Requiem and a continuation of the Ives symphony cycle with his Symphony No. 4. Tickets start at $42 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (January 30, 2017) – On February 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM, conductor Randall Craig Fleischer leads guest vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Klea Blackhurst, Ron Raines, Jason Graae, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell in a performance of “Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert”. Tickets start at $21 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah Utah (January 24, 2017) – On February 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM, Maestro Fischer will conduct Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture”, in a concert that features guest artist Narek Hakhnazaryandebuting in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Maestro Fischer will return to the stage two weeks later to lead Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 on February 24 and 25, concluding Brahms’ symphony cycle in the Utah Symphony 2016-17 season. The February 24/25 concert will also include the U.S. premiere of Michael Jarrell’s composition “Aquateinte” performed by guest oboist François Leleux, for whom the piece was written. These performances are both part of the O.C. Tanner Company Masterworks Series. Tickets start at $21 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (January 9, 2017) – In January 2017, Utah Opera will present one of the most beloved musical masterpieces of all time, Mitch Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha,” a tale of the knight errant Don Quixote and his obsessive quest for the impossible dream made famous in Broadway production and on film. As one of the first popular “concept musicals,” the work has earned enormous success with both audiences and critics, appearing on Broadway and winning five Tony Awards®, including “Best Musical.”

Five performances will be held at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on January 21, 23, 25, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and January 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets, priced from $21-$110, are available for purchase through or by calling (801) 355-2787.

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (December 27, 2016) – On January 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM, guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth returns to the Abravanel Hall stage to lead the Utah Symphony in a repertoire of classical favorites. Internationally-acclaimed guest pianist Francesco Piemontesi makes his Utah Symphony debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27. Maestro Wigglesworth will also conduct a symphonic suite from Henk de Vlieger's orchestral compilation of music from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. These performances are part of the O.C. Tanner Company Masterworks Series. Tickets start at $21 ($15 for students), and can be purchased at or by calling (801) 533-6683.

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