Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Symphony reaches out to Latinos, unearths a Utah-inspired masterwork, and celebrates two big birthdays in its 2019-20 season

After 10 years at the baton of the Utah Symphony, conductor and musical director Thierry Fischer says he’s home. “I feel I’m from here now,” Fischer, who is Swiss, said this week. “I realized how much I love the state.”

So in preparing programs for the Utah Symphony’s 2019-20 season, announced Tuesday at an event in Salt Lake City, Fischer is using as the season’s backbone a Utah-inspired work by the late French composer Olivier Messiaen. The work, “Des Canyons aux étoiles… (From the Canyons to the Stars…),” premiered in 1974, commissioned by New York arts patron Alice Tully ahead of the U.S. bicentennial in 1976.

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