Front Row Reviewers – At Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall, Utah Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings with Sowande and Barber Is A Heart-Felt Welcome for Audiences of All Ages
by Kathryn Olsen
Salt Lake City‘s Abravanel Hall has been hallowed ground for musicians and music-lovers alike, but in this weekend’s Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings with Sowande and Barber by the Utah Symphony, it has been restored to its role as a haven. With extensive measures in place for both the musicians and a significantly diminished audience, it is the Utah Symphony as it has never been experienced before. It is unsurprising that they have approached the 2020-21 season in a novel way, as the Symphony has been broadcasting music throughout the pandemic, whether through recitals or educational programs given by members of the ensemble, or broadcasting Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 7 anywhere from the Salt Flats to the steps of the capitol building. The Symphony has never left its audience behind and this marks the first time in months that the audience has been able to come to them. Naturally, I was thrilled to be a part of this event’s attendance.