Salt Lake Tribune – Not a classical music fan? Utah Symphony is ditching the ‘unwritten rules’ to make you feel welcome.


Sitting in Abravanel Hall with one’s eyes closed, a classical music fan would scarcely tell the difference between the Utah Symphony’s upcoming Friday night concert and its Saturday night show.

It’s the same musicians, the same conductor — Thierry Fischer, the Utah Symphony’s music director — and mostly the same program, highlighting composer Andrew Norman’s new work, “Play.” Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk will be the featured soloist both nights on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

It’s what the audience sees onstage, and experiences in the lobby, that will be different on Saturday. That night’s show is the first of the Utah Symphony’s new Unwound concert series, an experiment in knocking out some of the stuffiness that comes with listening to classical music.

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