The Daily Utah Chronicle – Utah Symphony Celebrates Día de Muertos with ‘Coco’
by Palak Jayswal
With Halloween now over, the spooky decorations and costumes are being tucked away across many households. But when Halloween ends, another celebration begins — Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead — a major holiday in Mexican culture. The Utah Symphony participated in this year’s celebrations of the tradition by featuring Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” as their next installment of their Films in Concert series on Nov. 1-2 at Abravanel Hall.
“Coco” has garnered more accolades in the two years since its release than one can list in an article, although each one is well deserved. The Utah Symphony, led by associate conductor Conner Gray Covington, adapted the film’s world-renowned score by Michael Giacchino beautifully. For those who aren’t familiar with “Coco,” audiences join 12 year old Miguel Rivera as he travels accidentally to the Land of the Dead on a quest to pursue his one true dream — to become a musician. The choice arrives at the perfect time in the Utah Symphony’s series, and the incredible soundtrack of the film came to life in Abravanel Hall.