Utah Arts Review – New composer, conductors and soloists on tap in Utah Symphony’s 2020-21 season
by Edward Reichel
The Utah Symphony’s 2020-21 season will feature a new composer-in-association, the local debuts of several noted conductors and soloists, as well as the continuation of the orchestra’s Beethoven celebration with all five piano concertos.
Thierry Fischer’s penultimate season in Salt Lake City will also mark his tenth full season as music director. Fischer will conduct 10 of the 18 masterworks concerts in the upcoming season. Among the works on his programs are Arnold Schoenberg’s two chamber symphonies, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Agon, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.
In this 250th year of Beethoven’s birth, the composer’s music will open the season September 18-19 with Stephen Hough as soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.” Hough will return the following weekend for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.
American composer Arlene Sierra will be the Utah Symphony’s composer-in-association for 2020-21. The orchestra will play several of her works, including the United States premieres of Aquilo on November 13-14, her Nature Symphony, in January 2021 and the world premiere of her Concerto for Orchestra, on April 23-24.