The Salt Lake Tribune – Utah Symphony musicians premiere a work on video to support Black Lives Matter


Members of the Utah Symphony commissioned a new orchestral work by an up-and-coming Black composer as a way to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The piece — a four-minute brass-and-percussion work called “Changes/Transitions,” by composer Quinn Mason — made its premiere Friday in a video posted on Facebook and YouTube. The work is performed by 13 members of Musicians of the Utah Symphony, with the symphony’s conductor and musical director, Thierry Fischer, leading the group.

“This project feels more appropriate and timely than anything else to share with the community, given the dire need to change the social injustices that continue to happen,” said trombonist Mark Davidson, who organized the production and was the video’s artistic director.

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